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How to Manage When a Loved One Is Dying

We fear most the news that a loved one is dying. From terminal cancer diagnoses to long-haul battles with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, walking with a loved one through the dying process is full of uncertainty, grief, and challenges. This news forces us not only to deal with the impending loss of someone we love but also to face the hard and uncertain period between diagnosis and death. Between hope and letting go. In this space of the in-between, caregivers and loved ones often face grueling schedules in and out of hospitals, the overwhelming challenge of seeing a loved one decline, and the anticipation of the grief of losing that person. Mixed in with all of this is the question: “What do I do now?”

What Is 'High-Functioning' Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition that affects one in six people at some point during their lifetime.1 It can take many different shapes and forms, and affect people in different ways. 

How to Manage Conflict and Promote Harmony

Intimate and distant, harmonious and conflictive, empathic and aggressive, constructive and destructive. Most relationships go through these polar moments from time to time. What can we do to nurture positive and manage negative experiences?

How to Turn Positive Stress Management Into a Habit

Performing well under pressure at work will not miraculously occur simply because you have read about some stress management techniques. Practicing those techniques once or twice and seeing the positive effects may tempt you to consider the problem solved. But stress management is an ongoing effort, whether at work or outside of it.

In a recent conversation about supporting kids when they feel mad, sad, or scared, psychologist and mom Dr. Emily Kowalski described kids’ experiences of these feelings as “big feelings.” These feelings can come out in intense ways for kids.

We went on to discuss how tempting it is to try to immediately cheer kids up and try to protect them from feeling these tougher feelings. But these feelings are just as important as happiness and joy.

While everyone tends to feel sad or low from time to time, feeling that way for weeks or months at a time could mean you have depression.

If you suspect you may have depression, you’re not alone. Over 8% of adults living in the United States have experienced at least one major depressive episode.2

Some couples simply don’t talk. Well, they talk mostly about logistics—who’s picking up the kids, what time are you getting home—or superficial matters—the how-was-your-day? They don’t have serious conversations—intimate ones about how they really feel and what is going inside them and in their lives—or about problems in the relationship.

Is your life designed around anxiety? I know from personal experience and from my therapy practice that anxiety can be a controlling presence in our lives. It can fill our minds with threatening thoughts and shrink our worlds as we try to avoid the danger we see everywhere. Without realizing it, we can allow anxiety to dominate every part of our day.

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