Monthly Newsletter - August 2022 

The world has been forever changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The need for mental health services is at a critical level as Americans experience more mass shootings, political unrest and violence, increased substance abuse and a troubled economy.

In this issue, we review the common symptoms of anxiety and depression and treatment options. Plus, we introduce our Mental Health Brief along with our inspirational quote of the month, recommended book, and a link to our latest podcast.

There is no doubt that stress is an unavoidable part of life. It can take a toll on both physical and mental health. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, talk about it. The more we talk about it, the sooner we can end the stigma.

- CS

Recognizing and Treating Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are serious mental health conditions that affect the lives of millions of Americans. While they are uniquely different conditions, they can occur together. 

The main symptom of depression is generally a lingering low, sad, or hopeless feeling. On the other hand, anxiety mainly involves an overwhelming sense of worry, nervousness, and fear.

Feeling down or having the blues on occasion is normal, however so is feeling anxious in a stressful situation. When the feelings become severe or chronic they can indicate an underlying mental health disorder.

Many people who have anxiety and depression know their worrying is irrational, but they still cannot stop the self-doubt and negative thoughts.

Signs of depression and anxiety frequently show up  differently from person to person making it difficult to diagnose the problem. Some of the overlapping symptoms,  including, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue 

  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

  • Irritability

  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep; restless, unsatisfying sleep)

Other signs that a person may suffer from both anxiety disorder and depression include:

  • Constant, irrational fear and worry

  • Physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, headaches, hot flashes, sweating, abdominal pain, and/or difficulty breathing
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Mental Health Brief: Confronting Negative Thoughts

Our natural urge is to escape painful emotions, says clinical psychologist Jonice Webb, PhD. But, "sitting with the feeling is step one toward processing it...Take a deep breath, and set a goal to sit with it," explains Webb. "Recognize that no feeling lasts forever. And the best way to get a strong emotion to pass is to accept it. If you fight to escape it will keep its power over you."

Source: bp Magazine

Inspiration Quote

It's not the load the brings you down, it's the way you carry it..- Lena Horne

Book of the Month: Anxiety In Relationship  

Written by Melanie White, a well-known couple therapist born in New York City, is extremely practical.

Customer Review

This book uncovered all the relationship anxiety I have been experiencing. I strongly considered ending my relationship and just fly solo until I listened to this book. OMG, the sense of relief knowing I am not going through my anxiety alone and that I am capable and deserving of a beautiful long lasting relationship. I have a renewed sense of hope and desire to live in harmony with my partner. Thank you. and will have a direct impact in your life. You don’t need to be an expert in the topic.... Are you ready? Do you want to change your relationship? Get this audiobook now

Featured Podcast: Pregnancy Loss and Infertility
Author and singer-songwriter Julie Aguas shares her personal struggles with pregnancy loss and infertility in this very raw, emotional and enlightening interview.

Click here to listen

Tell Us Your Story

Speaking Candidly with Candace is always seeking guests for our weekly podcast. Our goal is to change how people think about mental health problems through compelling stories and expert advice from mental health professionals.

Click here to apply to be a guest on our show.

Benefits of Being a Guest

  • Share your experience and knowledge with others while promoting your brand or business.
  • Conquer your fear of public speaking
  • Promote your book, blog, articles, workshop, etc.

Learn more about our mission here.  

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