Author Archives: AHafkin

Can you Take a Narcissist to Marriage Counseling or Couples Therapy?

A person who demonstrates narcissistic personality traits can be difficult to help through marriage counseling or couples therapy, though it is not impossible. But entering marriage counseling is only the beginning of healing for those dealing with a narcissist. What … Continue reading

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Signs of Mild, Moderate, and Severe Depression

Everyone has a bad day from time to time, but how do you know when the occasional “blues” is really depression? The distinction isn’t clear, which is why depression is often missed in its mildest form. But catching it early … Continue reading

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The Effect of Infertility Treatment on Your Mood and What You Can Do

If you’re struggling with infertility, you know the emotional roller coaster it takes you on. But fertility treatments may exacerbate mood swings and emotional stress, so be prepared to combat these symptoms in a healthy way.  How infertility treatments affect … Continue reading

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Why Exercise Boosts Mood

Studies have shown that exercise can be as effective as antidepressants at alleviating some forms of depression and anxiety, and has long-lasting effects without any adverse side effects. While you should always check with your doctor before starting any exercise … Continue reading

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Pregnancy and Anxiety after Infertility

You’re finally pregnant after struggling with infertility; so why aren’t you full of joy? If you’re feeling anxious or numb, know that your reaction is common and natural after such a long period of stress. That said, there are ways … Continue reading

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Can I Save My Marriage If My Spouse Isn’t Trying?

It is common that only one spouse is willing to work to save a struggling marriage. Fortunately, in many cases, one partner can make changes that will turn the marriage around dramatically. Some marriages need to end, especially if there … Continue reading

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Calming a Worried Mind – What to Do If You Always Worry

Most of us worry from time to time, but if you worry too much, or even all the time, you need to learn how to calm your mind. Many people acknowledge that over-worry is not helpful, but some people think … Continue reading

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Are You at Risk for Postpartum Depression?

While having a baby can be a joyful and exciting event, sometimes a mother can be hit with the “baby blues”: feelings of anxiety, weepiness, anger, and mood swings. These emotions can last for a few days or weeks and … Continue reading

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Second Marriages and Couples Therapy

You may have heard that second marriages have a higher divorce rate than first marriages. But yours doesn’t have to be a statistic if you know what to expect and take steps to strengthen your bond. If you haven’t remarried … Continue reading

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Male Infertility – Facing the Feelings and What to Do

Infertility is a painful trial for many couples. In fact, many more couples than one would expect struggle with reduced fertility. Much focus is put on female infertility, but 1/3 of the time the issue is male infertility. Some causes … Continue reading

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