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Process Addictions

If you’re unfamiliar with the subject, process addictions refer to thoughts, feelings, activities, and relationships a person may use to survive an unhappy life. When people think about addictions, drug use and alcohol usually come to mind. Substances are easy…

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Understanding Your Obsession

Codependence can be found in many troubled relationships. The term is useful, but it’s often misunderstood or confused with something else. Some people even make light of it. So what does it mean? Think of codependence as the result of…

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Never Good Enough

Is your family a source of joy and laughter? Do you feel really good when you think about your family? Are you living among people who love and support you? Many of us take our family relationships for granted. If…

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When Addictions Multiply

Stephanie had a problem. Several problems, actually. She was addicted to perfectionism, alcohol, and drugs. An obsession with her body image eventually led to an eating disorder. Not too long ago, Stephanie’s combined issues were referred to as co-morbidity or…

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Relapse

Like it or not, it happens. It’s uncomfortable to think about, but don’t take it as a sign of failure. A relapse is simply a message. “Take this as an opportunity to learn,” it says. “Change, grow, and try again.”…

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Depression and Anxiety

When somebody experiences trauma, it’s normal to react with anxiety or depression. In many cases, these may be a response to unsettled trauma. They can also act as coping mechanisms when the body’s nervous system is overwhelmed. Anxiety keeps the…

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Codependency

What is codependence? It’s a confusing term, for sure, and trying to pin down the exact meaning can be frustrating. Was it made up by magazine psychologists looking to make easy money? Is it a fad in the world of…

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Trauma

The moment we experience trauma, our world is shattered. Our sense of safety and security disappears, leaving us feeling vulnerable, helpless, and paranoid. It does not matter if physical harm has taken place or not – any situation that leaves…

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Work

Obsession: What can be done next Compulsion: Have to get this done, have to keep busy, work, work, work For most of us, work is something to dread. We’d rather be anywhere else than the office, but it’s what we…

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Control

Obsession: Holding power over anything and everything Compulsion: Running the show When we believe we have no control over our lives, sometimes the need to have power over everything else overcomes us. Invaded boundaries and feelings of helplessness have very…

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