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5 Reasons to Avoid Free Online Chat Counseling

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“You can’t think your way to a new way of acting, you must act your way to a new way of thinking.” David Schnarch One of the biggest trends in mental health is free online chat counseling forums. Although they are the answer to many peoples’ prayers because they offer the accessibility that wasn’t available in the past, they are …

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8 Ways Anxiety Can Ruin Relationships & How to Stop It

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It’s probably not a surprise to hear that anxiety can be a relationship killer. If you have anxiety yourself, you know how it takes over all aspects of your life – from work to love. The old you is driven underground, while your anxiety takes over. Your anxieties aren’t fun, loving, or caring. They only focus on one thing – …

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10 Ways to Have a Happier Marriage

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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” – Mignon McLaughlin Marriage is something that seems pretty straight forward, you get married, you become a partnership, and it is full of bliss. But the reality is that a marriage is just like a partnership, which means that you don’t always see eye to eye. …

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7 Daily Habits Hurting Your Mental Health

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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire.” Aristotle Humans are creatures of habit. And sometimes it is easier to continue to do the same things day after day, even if they are nonproductive, then to take the time to change. But if you have habits that are keeping …

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5 Secrets to Making New Friends as an Adult

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It’s easy to make friends as a kid. Show up at the playground, chase someone around the swings in a game of tag, and voila – you have a new best friend.  As an adult, making friends isn’t so simple. Adults are naturally pickier than a kid at a playground. You are more complicated than you were at five years …

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10 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health

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Improving your mental health doesn’t always require a hefty financial investment or medication. The smallest changes can lead to big improvements in your mental health. If you find yourself struggling under the pressures placed on you by society, your profession, or even your family life, try taking on a few of the following suggestions. These suggestions are designed for long …

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Are You Lonely or Depressed? 5 Ways To Treat Both Conditions

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“Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-sized pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness.” Regina Brett, American Author What is loneliness? If we were to believe what …

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15 Signs Your Husband is Cheating

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Sometimes it feels as if people are simply programmed to cheat. Perhaps not everyone, and not in every relationship, but the data suggests a large percentage of folks will be unfaithful at least once in their life. One of the most robust surveys on the topic claims 19 percent of American women and 23 percent of men have been adulterous. …

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9 Signs You Have a Sex Addiction & Treatment Options

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Progressive intimacy disorder, more commonly called sex addiction, is an evolving field of mental health. Despite all the media coverage of celebrity sex addicts, as a mental health issue, it is still poorly understood. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the go-to manual for all mental illness, does not even have a definition of this behavioral compulsion …

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5 Parenting Styles: What Really Works & The Effects on Children

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“Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.” – P.J. O’Rourke One of the hardest parts about being a parent is that children don’t come with an instruction manual. Even though there are books to read and theories about how to raise children, what most parents quickly find out is that not any one thing works …