Parental tips on talking to teens about dating and relationships

Parental tips on talking to teens about dating and relationships

Mrs. Wilson was shocked to see her teenaged daughter’s prom night pics. In every picture, she was seen standing close to a person of her age and they were mostly clicked while drinking and smoking. Wilson was expecting her daughter to visit during the holidays and talk to her about her dating life, but when the moment came, she could not bring herself to broach the subject. Read more

National Happiness Happens Day: Those little things of life that help attain happiness

National Happiness Happens Day: Those little things of life that help attain happiness

What is happiness? Is it about waiting for a weekend to unwind, reaching a particular waist size, or buying a solitaire or a luxury car? Actually, happiness is simply a state of mind. Feeling happy should ideally be a space where a person is consciously involved in the present moment, is feeling alive and is in total control. On the contrary, a majority of people attach happiness to material things and moments which are yet to arrive or yet to be achieved. This planning and waiting kill the thrill that can be had from the present. Read more

Tips for dating a mentally distressed person

Tips for dating a mentally distressed person

Dating, for some people, can be a fun experience. However, for some, it can be stressful, especially during the initial days when two people invest time and efforts in getting to know each other. Once the initial chemistry develops, the partners start sharing more about each other with respect to their backgrounds, values, political beliefs, goals and so on. During this getting-to-know-each-other phase, what if one of the partners reveals that he or she is struggling with a mental problem? While this might overwhelm the other person and the revelation could become a dealbreaker, one should always remember that mental problems are of various types and anyone could be affected by them. This, however, doesn’t mean that a mentally distressed person is unfit as a potential match. Read more

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

When two people marry, they sign up for late night arguments, unexpected illnesses and difficult decisions. They also sign up for comforting embraces, inside jokes and unconditional, nurturing love despite all of these challenges.

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Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Living with depression isn’t easy, so it should come as no surprise that loving someone with depression presents its own unique challenges. Here are five ways to love someone who has depression.

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Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

When people experience frightening mental symptoms, dark thoughts and low motivation, it can be tempting to stay inside all day, shirking responsibilities and postponing friendships. Years of research, however, suggests that social support is an essential part of recovery from mental illness.

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Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Many people have heard of the term sibling rivalry. But what about stepsibling rivalry?

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Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Sept. 16, 2015 marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Divorce is difficult. Entering a new family as a step-parent is difficult. Children and adolescents can have an especially hard time adjusting to the presence of a new family member — or the absence of an old family member — and may be at risk for an adjustment disorder.

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