Category Archives: Mental Health

Understanding Anger

Understanding AngerIn my first job as a mental health counselor, one of my clinical supervisors taught me something that has always stuck with me. He said that “all anger comes from fear or pain.” This was a simple sentence that has had a profound impact on my ability to be present with clients even in their anger and rage.

If you add the word shame to this theory, after 16 years I can honestly say that I have never worked with a client with chronic anger issues for whom this was not true. I have learned how important it is to look at what is underneath the anger and to have compassion for the individual for whatever it was that originally created that condition.

In the book Anger Alcoholism and Addiction, authors Ronald and Patricia Potter-Efron list some of the most common ways that chronic anger can serve someone.

If you think that inappropriate anger might be getting in the way of what you want for yourself, or if you’ve been told that you may have an issue with anger, Solutions: Santa Fe can help.

Our treatment team is highly skilled at helping people find emotional balance, and teaching anger management skills including breathing techniques, mindfulness tools, and uncomplicated cognitive behavioral suggestions (CBT).

We also offer specialized services such as acupuncture and Reiki sessions, both of which have been successful in helping people who are dealing with anger management issues.

Amy Lashway, MA, LPC, NCC

Solutions – we can help you find your way again. Call one of our intake counselors for a free consultation – 877-499-1354 or 505-424-3170.

Musings on Happiness

Musings on HappinessIn a society where happiness is thought to be something that can be accomplished by an external force or object such as relationships, wealth, or beauty, it is no wonder why we have such trouble being happy and remaining happy in our lives.

There are plenty of people who think, “If only I had more money I would be happy, it would fix all my problems.” Others may think, “If only I was thinner, stronger, or more attractive I would be able to feel good, be able to succeed in life, and be happy.” Many others think, “If only I could find the right person to spend my life with, then I would feel complete and be happy.” Every person has that one thing, that golden ticket, which they believe will make them happy. These external forces may bring us some temporary happiness and a sense of wholeness, but they are not long-term solutions. Without other tools, they will leave us feeling empty and unresolved.

So, the question remains: What do I need to do to be happy? We have all heard advice from other people about what we should do and what really works for them. To truly be happy, and the only thing that holds for each individual,is to look within: Stop looking outside for the answers. Sometimes when we look inside ourselves we do not like what we see and we find that it is easier to blame others for our shortcomings. Instead of blaming others or even being hard on ourselves, try looking at yourself without judgment and take notice of what is going on. Do you find that there are areas in your life that you struggle with constantly? Areas that are in constant repeat, preventing you from living a fulfilling life? If so, maybe it’s time to take a look at these areas and consider how you can fulfill your needs in a healthy and productive manner. The result is a happy life.

Although we do have common needs as people, each person has different struggles, goals, and preferences. As such, the first step is really getting to know yourself and who you really are. This is not easy, as there are so many subtle expectations in society that bombard us and prevent us from realizing our true needs. Once you know who you are, what you need and–equally important–what you do not need, you can begin the journey of happiness and joy.

Some people look inward with tools like meditation, prayer, or therapy. There are also ways to express these inner feelings and needs with art, music, reading, or writing. Once we look inward, and better know what we need, there is opportunity to embark on a journey and live a life that brings us happiness. It is very hard work, it will challenge you. You will have to constantly work toward it and better yourself and see yourself as worthy of the best. When working toward happiness you will need to work on communicating your needs, taking responsibility for your actions, forgiving yourself and others, and experience your emotions fully. We are often so full of so many things that there is no room for happiness, so emptying ourselves of these burdens and weights that we carry around grants us more room for happiness.

Remember, we are human and we make mistakes. We have our sad days, and we have our bad days. There are road blocks and frustrations in everyone’s life. This is inevitable. Once we know more about ourselves, though, we will be more kind to ourselves and to others when something unpleasant comes up. We can allow ourselves to feel sad or disappointed but know in our hearts that there is hope, joy, and happiness at our core.

Perhaps the most exciting part about going through this journey is that we become better at building and maintaining relationships, while simultaneously attracting like-minded people and great opportunities in our lives.

Anxiety Help Checklist

  • Anxiety Help ChecklistExcessive worry
  • Restlessness, edginess that lasts longer than an hour or so, a few days a week
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating; sometimes your mind just goes blank
  • Sleep disturbances; it takes a long time to fall asleep, waking up in the night with a racing mind
  • Fearful thoughts that occur frequently
  • Feeling sometimes as though you need something to stop your mind from racing, thus overindulging in too many sweets or other foods.
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs (or regularly take some sort of pill – whether it is over-the-counter or a prescription) to help you get through your day or fall asleep

We can help you if you discover that you are struggling with two of these (or more) on a few days every week.

Solutions Treatment Center offers help with anxiety issues. Call one of our counselors now for a free consultation 877-499-1354 or 505-424-3170.

Depression Help: Why can’t you just get over how sad you’re feeling?

Depression HelpThose who suffer from marked periods of sadness have probably been faced with this question regarding depression help. The healing process isn’t always so simple, though.

Depression is a condition marked by feelings of sadness, inadequacy and worthlessness. As human beings, we all feel blue or sad at one time or another. It’s normal for everyone to feel this way for short periods of time.

There’s a difference, however, between sadness and depression. Sadness comes and goes as a natural part of the human experience. Depression, on the other hand, is a mood disorder that adversely affects a person’s quality of life and hinders one’s day-to-day living.

Not quite sure whether you or a loved one is depressed or just feeling periodically sad? Symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Marked changes in appetite
  • Agitation or restlessness

Inspirational author, doctor and famed philosopher Deepak Chopra says, “As a doctor, I know that someone isn’t depressed if they can answer a simple question about a bad situation: Is this something I can fix, something I should put up with or something I need to walk away from? Depressed people deny themselves those key decisions.”

One in 10 adults in the U.S. report feeling depressed, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making depression treatment one of the most addressed mental illnesses today. As complex beings, there is no known cause of depression, nor are there easy depression solutions.

Some sufferers may be involved in an abusive relationship. Others may have financial or legal problems. Unresolved issues from the past can be the cause for depression in the present. Whatever the cause of the depression — and no matter how mild or severe — Solutions Treatment Center, in Santa Fe, is here to help.

We offer a comprehensive treatment options that include, but are not limited to: one-on-one counseling, Reiki energy healing, acupuncture and Chinese herbs, life skills coaching, group counseling and process art therapy. Our highly-experienced clinical team believes in addressing the whole person by getting to the root of underlying pains and past traumas in an effort to heal and rebuild the individual.

With the energetic and highly-trained staff at Solutions, depression help is right around the corner — a more productive life awaits you and/or your loved ones.

Darryl Newman

Solutions – we can help you find your way again. Call one of our intake counselors for a free consultation – 877-499-1354 or 505-424-3170.

Understanding Anxiety

Understanding AnxietyAnxiety is a low-level fear response. It can be generalized — we often or even most of the time feel a little bit uneasy, even without a specific reason. We begin to think that feeling anxious is normal. We can get so used to the feeling of generalized anxiety that we don’t remember what it’s like to feel calm and relaxed.

The feeling of anxiety can also be triggered by something specific, such as remembering something unpleasant when we see a color, or smell something that reminds us of that first event. Sometimes a situation, such as taking a test or going someplace new, can trigger an anxious feeling.

Wondering if you suffer from anxiety? Visit our Anxiety Checklist…

Anxiety can range from occasionally feeling worried to experiencing daily panic attacks. It can be connected with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and specific phobias.

The good news? There is a lot of help for anxiety. It is very treatable. We can develop new behaviors, and remember what it’s like to feel calm and relaxed. And it can be a pretty simple process for many people who suffer from anxiety.

We offer anxiety solutions. You can learn to manage anxiety without medication, or learn to use less medication in the cases that are more severe. Use proven, holistic tools such as easy breathing techniques, basic positive psychology skills, and uncomplicated cognitive behavioral suggestions (CBT), you can successfully manage and even overcome anxiety.

We also offer specialized services such as acupuncture and Reiki sessions, both of which have been very successful in helping diminish or minimize the effects of anxiety.

Dr. Melanie Harth

Solutions Treatment Center – an exceptional treatment program at an affordable price. Call us to learn more about anxiety help – free counseling available now – 877-499-1354 or 505-424-3170.