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4 Ways to Handle Transition-Related Stress

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. “The only thing constant is change,” the adage goes. And yet, this ubiquity notwithstanding, dealing with the unpredictability of life is one of the more difficult challenges people encounter. The fact of the matter is, change is hard. The personal and emotional vacancies carved out by shifts in one’s relationships — to one’s work, to one’s loved ones, to oneself — can be remarkably unsettling, as changes both positive and negative often fundamentally redefine an individual’s identity. Whether a change is planned (taking a new job, moving to a new city, getting married, having children), unplanned (being broken up with, getting fired, losing a loved one), or, in a sense, inevitable (watching children go off to college, retiring, becoming more physically feeble...

How Family Dynamics Can Help or Hinder Patients

As the holiday season rolls along, many of us will continue to reunite with loved ones to celebrate, reminisce, and rekindle old relationships. This time of year also provides us with an annual reminder that family dynamics are, if nothing else, complicated. Regardless of our class, culture, socioeconomic status, or anything else, our families have a profound impact on the way we see ourselves, the relationships we form outside of our family circles, and, more broadly, the ways in which we interact with the world. Even if you’ve maintained a fair amount of distance or independence from your family since leaving home, the family dynamics that were at play during your formative years have a tendency of sticking around well into adulthood, even if only “below...

Holiday Stress: The Familial Roots of Pride & Pain

At THIRA Health, we’re firm believers in the important role that community plays in helping achieve comprehensive, durable recoveries for patients struggling with conditions like anxiety and depression. Indeed, the remarkable power of a supportive, empathetic communal group is the driving force behind our commitment to women-only environments. And while we encourage all of our patients to actively participate in post-program communities by continuing to share their progress and challenges with their THIRA cohort, the reality is that social and communal dynamics outside of a controlled therapeutic setting are much more difficult to navigate than those forged within one of our programs. This is especially true of familial communities. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a fairly functional, supportive family, the feelings, memories, and personal histories...