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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...

Tips for Self-Soothing with Your Basic Senses

By Dr. Mehri Moore At THIRA Health, much of the work we do is built around dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed in the 1980s by University of Washington researcher and professor of psychology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT is grounded in the idea that certain individuals have a lower tolerance for distress than others, and thus are more prone to having intense emotional responses to seemingly ordinary circumstances. These individuals are quick to respond to stressful stimuli, have a more pronounced than average response to such stimuli, and tend to be very slow in their return to a baseline mental/emotional state. By building patient's’ skill-sets in four areas – mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress...

Understanding ‘Back to School’ and Adolescent Anxiety

By Dr. Mehri Moore This article was originally published in PsychCentral's Mental Health Library. As summer winds down and returning to school becomes an unavoidable reality, many teenagers are experiencing a rush of varied emotions. Some teens enjoy school and are eager to trade their dull summer jobs for daily intellectual enrichment. Others find school intolerable and wish that the steamy summer months would carry on forever. A third set sees the first day of school as a landmark of dread and anxiety and spend most of August worrying about whether they’ll get along with their new teachers, whether they’ll be able to keep their grades up, and whether they’ll be able to continue navigating the at times treacherous waters of adolescent sociality. When Butterflies Turn into Something...

How to Self-Assess Your Mental Health

By Dr. Mehri Moore According to Mental Health America, more than 16 million Americans experience some sort of depressive disorder every year, and more than 42 million experience an anxiety disorder. These episodes vary greatly in terms of duration, cause, and severity, and such diversity can make it difficult determine – especially on one’s own – how severe one’s condition is and when to access the appropriate treatment. Like most mental illnesses, anxiety and depression manifest across a spectrum, not as an on/off duality, and while seeking professional assistance is often an essential part of recovery, self-assessment also plays a critical role in determining where on the spectrums you sit. Below are three indicators of anxiety and/or depression as well as some tips for determining when...