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Bipolar Disorder

7 Signs You Could Have Bipolar Disorder

    1. Inflated self-esteem.  Believing you’re the best thing since sliced cheese.
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2. Decreased need for sleep.  Not sleeping for days and not missing it.

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3. Pressured speech.  Talking a mile a minute.

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4. Racing thoughts.  Ideas flying through your mind.

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5. Distractibility.  Starting one task then another then another.

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6. Increased activity.  Not being able to sit still.

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7. Excess pleasurable activity.  Maxing out your credit cards shopping.

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If you have 4 or more of these, you could have Bipolar Disorder.

Go to the Mayo Clinic website to learn more.

Or, go to the Psychology Today website to find a therapist.

Or:

Contact me

To schedule your free initial consultation.

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW which is just a fancy name for a therapist or counselor.  That means I have my Master’s in Social Work and am licensed to practice therapy and counseling independently in the state of Tennessee.  I live in Nashville but provide therapy and counseling across the state; including but not limited to: Memphis, Knoxville, Ashland City, Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Murfreesboro, Thompson Station, and Tullahoma.  I’ve been in practice for ten years in a multitude of settings including psychiatric inpatient, admissions, emergency, and residential. It’s my passion to provide therapy and counseling to teens and adults with severe anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal thoughts, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders like Schizoaffective Disorder and their loved ones.  I do so through individual, couples or marriage, and family therapy and counseling. My mission is to provide convenient, comfortable, and affordable therapy and counseling to those underserved by our current community mental health system. Don’t let yourself or your loved one fall through the cracks.

Depression

4 Ways to Cope with Depression

1. Routine maintenance.  May sound fancy but just means maintaining a routine.  Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day.  Eat meals at the same time every day.  May sound corny, but set alarms for yourself to do these things.

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2. Exercise. Especially outdoors. May sound trite, but it is for a reason. Exercise releases feel-good chemicals. Getting outdoors exposes us to feel-good vitamins.

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3. Spend time with others. May sound like a big feat when you’re depressed, but it’s very important. We tend to withdraw from others and isolate ourselves when we’re depressed. So, we need to fight that tendency as much as possible. Try to engage in at least one social activity a week.

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4. Do something that brings you happiness and joy. Again, may sound corny, but we underestimate how important it is to have a passion and participate in it. Find a hobby. Anything from taking an acting class or fixing up old cars. Or, collecting action figures or lifting weights.

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Obviously, these aren’t the only ways to cope with depression.

Go to the Mayo Clinic website to learn more.

Or, go to the Psychology Today website to find a therapist.

Or:

Contact me

To schedule your free initial consultation.

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW which is just a fancy name for a therapist or counselor.  That means I have my Master’s in Social Work and am licensed to practice therapy and counseling independently in the state of Tennessee.  I live in Nashville but provide therapy and counseling across the state; including but not limited to: Memphis, Knoxville, Ashland City, Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Murfreesboro, Thompson Station, and Tullahoma.  I’ve been in practice for ten years in a multitude of settings including psychiatric inpatient, admissions, emergency, and residential. It’s my passion to provide therapy and counseling to teens and adults with severe anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal thoughts, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders like Schizoaffective Disorder and their loved ones.  I do so through individual, couples or marriage, and family therapy and counseling. My mission is to provide convenient, comfortable, and affordable therapy and counseling to those underserved by our current community mental health system. Don’t let yourself or your loved one fall through the cracks.

Suicidal thoughts

When Should You Worry About Suicidal Thoughts?

Katie Moritz with Logo recently wrote a great article about this.  Of course, I’m biased because she included me in it:)  But, check it out, and stay tuned for more information on suicidal thoughts.

https://www.rewire.org/living/worry-suicidal-thoughts/

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW which is just a fancy name for a therapist or counselor.  That means I have my Master’s in Social Work and am licensed to practice therapy and counseling independently in the state of Tennessee.  I live in Nashville but provide therapy and counseling across the state; including but not limited to: Memphis, Knoxville, Ashland City, Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Murfreesboro, Thompson Station, and Tullahoma.  I’ve been in practice for ten years in a multitude of settings including psychiatric inpatient, admissions, emergency, and residential. It’s my passion to provide therapy and counseling to teens and adults with severe anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal thoughts, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders like Schizoaffective Disorder and their loved ones.  I do so through individual, couples or marriage, and family therapy and counseling. My mission is to provide convenient, comfortable, and affordable therapy and counseling to those underserved by our current community mental health system. Don’t let yourself or your loved one fall through the cracks.

Depression

8 Signs You Could Have Depression

  1. Depressed mood.  Can include crying, irritability, and even anger.
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2. Lack of energy, motivation, and interest.  Can include not wanting to get out of bed, go to work, and even do things you once found pleasurable.

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3. Increase or decrease in appetite.  Can include weight loss or gain.

4. Increase or decrease in sleep.  Can be less than 3 hours or more than 12 hours/night.

5. Diminished ability to concentrate or focus.  Can be indecisiveness and feel like memory loss.

6. Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness.  Can be feelings of guilt and shame.

7. Suicidal thoughts.  Can be thoughts of wishing you were never born or harming yourself.

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8. Substance use.  Can be frequent and/or excessive drinking and/or illegal drug use.

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If you have 5 or more of these, you could have depression.

Go to the Mayo Clinic website to learn more.

Or, go to the Psychology Today website to find a therapist.

Or:

Contact me

To schedule your free initial consultation.

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW which is just a fancy name for a therapist or counselor.  That means I have my Master’s in Social Work and am licensed to practice therapy and counseling independently in the state of Tennessee.  I live in Nashville but provide therapy and counseling across the state; including but not limited to: Memphis, Knoxville, Ashland City, Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Murfreesboro, Thompson Station, and Tullahoma.  I’ve been in practice for ten years in a multitude of settings including psychiatric inpatient, admissions, emergency, and residential. It’s my passion to provide therapy and counseling to teens and adults with severe anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal thoughts, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders like Schizoaffective Disorder and their loved ones.  I do so through individual, couples or marriage, and family therapy and counseling. My mission is to provide convenient, comfortable, and affordable therapy and counseling to those underserved by our current community mental health system. Don’t let yourself or your loved one fall through the cracks.

Anxiety

2 Quick Easy Ways to Cope with Anxiety

  1. Diaphragmatic breathing.  Sounds fancy but just means breathing with your diaphragm, the organ below your lungs.  Just lay down, put one hand on your chest and the other hand on your stomach, and breathe so that the hand on your chest stays still and the hand on your stomach moves up and down.  This does 2 things: 1. Relaxes your body. 2. Focuses your mind on something other than your anxiety.

2. Progressive muscle relaxation.  Again, sounds fancy but just means flexing and releasing your muscles in a progression.  I think it’s easiest to start at your toes and move your way up to the top of your head.  So, flex and release your toes then flex and release your feet then flex and release your calves, so on and so forth until you reach the top of your head.  Again, relaxes your body and focuses your mind on something other than your anxiety.

Obviously, these aren’t the only ways to cope with anxiety.  

Go to the Mayo Clinic website to learn more.

Or, go to the Psychology Today website to find a therapist.

Or:

Contact me

To schedule your free initial consultation.

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW which is just a fancy name for a therapist or counselor.  That means I have my Master’s in Social Work and am licensed to practice therapy and counseling independently in the state of Tennessee.  I live in Nashville but provide therapy and counseling across the state; including but not limited to: Memphis, Knoxville, Ashland City, Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Murfreesboro, Thompson Station, and Tullahoma.  I’ve been in practice for ten years in a multitude of settings including psychiatric inpatient, admissions, emergency, and residential. It’s my passion to provide therapy and counseling to teens and adults with severe anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal thoughts, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders like Schizoaffective Disorder and their loved ones.  I do so through individual, couples or marriage, and family therapy and counseling. My mission is to provide convenient, comfortable, and affordable therapy and counseling to those underserved by our current community mental health system. Don’t let yourself or your loved one fall through the cracks.

Anxiety

6 Signs You Could Have Anxiety

  1. Restlessness.  Have you ever wondered why you’re feeling so keyed up or on edge?

2. Being easily fatigued.  Ever wondered why you’re so exhausted at the end of the day?

3. Difficulty concentrating.  Ever wondered why your mind just suddenly goes blank?

4. Irritability.  Ever wondered why you snap at people for no apparent reason?

5. Muscle tension.  Ever wondered why you’re so physically tense?

6. Sleep disturbance.  Have you ever wondered why you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?

If you have 3 or more of these, you could have anxiety. 

Go to the Mayo Clinic website to learn more.

Or, go to the Psychology Today website to find a therapist.

Or:

Contact me

To schedule your free initial consultation.

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or LCSW which is just a fancy name for a therapist or counselor.  That means I have my Master’s in Social Work and am licensed to practice therapy and counseling independently in the state of Tennessee.  I live in Nashville but provide therapy and counseling across the state; including but not limited to: Memphis, Knoxville, Ashland City, Bartlett, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Franklin, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Murfreesboro, Thompson Station, and Tullahoma.  I’ve been in practice for ten years in a multitude of settings including psychiatric inpatient, admissions, emergency, and residential. It’s my passion to provide therapy and counseling to teens and adults with severe anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal thoughts, and Schizophrenia spectrum disorders like Schizoaffective Disorder and their loved ones.  I do so through individual, couples or marriage, and family therapy and counseling. My mission is to provide convenient, comfortable, and affordable therapy and counseling to those underserved by our current community mental health system. Don’t let yourself or your loved one fall through the cracks.