The vicious cycle of depression and how to get out from it

We all feel down and sad sometimes. It is hard. It is difficult. It can drain our energy and empty our resources. But what if there is something we can do about depression to at least soften its influence on our lives? According to American Psychiatric Association, depression (or major depression disorder) is a treatable … Continue reading The vicious cycle of depression and how to get out from it

Hugs in psychotherapy: Good or bad thing?

Hugs are integral part of our intimate relationships with others—a sign of affection with friends, family and spouses, and even with strangers we meet along the way. With hugs, we exchange feelings and meanings on non-verbal level which seems rather different from our everyday interaction, deeply entrenched in many words that we utter during one … Continue reading Hugs in psychotherapy: Good or bad thing?

Resilience: A path to psychological relief and well-being

Although it seems that we all know what it means, it is very hard to define psychological resilience. A common misperception is that resilient people must have only positive thoughts. This is not necessarily the case. Resilient individuals have negative thoughts and experiences just like anyone else—what is so different is what they do with … Continue reading Resilience: A path to psychological relief and well-being

How to handle agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is usually defined as an anxiety disorder. It involves strong anxiety attacks that are usually felt while being in open spaces, like city squares and streets. The anxiety specific to agoraphobia is provoked by feelings of helplessness and losing control due to inability to navigate with confidence in an open space. It is considered to be a special type of social phobia and the name is derived from the Greek work "agora," which means "public square," and "phobia," which means "fear."