It’s common in this modern world to feel a pressure to be productive all day, every day. Unfortunately, this is an impossible standard to uphold. We aren’t built to be indefinitely on the go.
It’s common in this modern world to feel a pressure to be productive all day, every day. Unfortunately, this is an impossible standard to uphold. We aren’t built to be indefinitely on the go.
When we’re mindfully using our phones, there is no harm done. In fact, there are many positives to having a smartphone at our disposal. However, it’s hard to deny the addictive qualities when we find ourselves checking for notifications every few minutes.
The stigmas that have been built around mental health are often rooted in a lack of understanding.
Our social lives are the bedrock of our health and emotional well-being. We’re better together than we are alone. Maintaining a healthy social life is linked to better memory, cognitive function, self-esteem, and even physical health.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Help us break the stigma and break the silence so we can all recognize that Mental Health is Health.
While it’s normal to fear change and even resist it – there are practices and strategies to overcome this fear and even embrace change itself.
Although many mistakenly think over organizing or over-cleaning are signs of OCD, true OCD is much more complicated than such behaviors. Suffering from this mental illness can be distressing and lead to anxiety.
Statistics say that the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors . This makes it even more imperative to set intentions to get outside at least once a day and let nature do its job.
Have you ever thought of giving your mental health and mindset a refresh? Taking care of our brain is one of the most rewarding and important choices we can make.
The signs and symptoms of autism of often visible in infancy and diagnosed around the age of two. At Dr. Messina and Associates, we are qualified to diagnose and provide treatment to children with autism.
Psychological testing might sound intimidating, but it should not be feared. Psychological testing is a simple process that allows a psychologist to evaluate your specific needs and symptoms. This helps determine your diagnosis as well as treatment plan.
Telepsychiatry is a virtual service that can provide you with psychiatric services from the comfort of your own home or any location you may be.
Spring cleaning can help you regain a sense of control over the environment in your home, reduce your stress levels, increase your focus, improve your mood, and may even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Emotional abuse is just as damaging and scarring as one that is physically damaging, they both leave deep emotional wounds that take time to heal.
In the United States, women are 50% more likely than men to develop generalized anxiety disorders or depression. It is critical to know the risk factors for developing anxiety and depression and the sign and symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Think of exercising as an extra-boost of therapy and medication. It is a celebration of what your body can do! Regardless of your fitness level, daily exercise of just 30 minutes can make a noticeable change in your wellness. Exercise is for EVERY BODY.
According to Forbes, Americans spent on average 1,300 hours on social media in 2020 alone! Social media is used to stay in contact with friends, family, and even your significant other. However, social media can be problematic for relationships.
Watching a loved one struggle with mental illness may be difficult for you and you may not know how to support them. Here are some tips on how to support a loved one with mental illness.
Every day is an opportunity to take charge and enlist healthy habits. Set specific, attainable goals and you'll find that these changes will have a positive effect on your physical and mental health and wellness.
According to Forbes, chronic stress is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. This can lead to physical health issues as well as mental health issues. This is why establishing a healthy work-life balance is key.
As we dive deeper into this cold winter, many of us experience a plunge in our mood and energy. The drop in cognitive health seems to be almost parallel with the weather. It is often referred to as winter blues or seasonal affective disorder.
Do you remember that time (before kids) when date nights were whenever you felt like it? Now kids are the primary focus and date nights are hard to come by. Maybe there is a solution to this issue, and you do not have to sacrifice date nights.
Some studies show personality characteristics such as optimism or pessimism can affect your overall health and well-being. Perhaps this should help you consider how your self-talk.
Through CBT, you become aware of your thoughts and emotions, identify patterns of negative thinking, and reshape those thoughts. These coping skills give you healthier behaviors and thought patterns. You will learn to challenge a irrational thoughts.
Panic attacks are very debilitating. Dr. Messina & Associates is committed to helping Southlake residents manage their anxiety so you can live without fear.
Infidelity is one of the most painful emotional attacks we can endure. Discover how you can survive, heal, and overcome the PTSD associated with this trauma.
Animals offer numerous benefits to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Explore three ways to incorporate furry companions into your psychiatric treatment plan.
Learn how to handle temper tantrums the right way using 5 steps backed by science.
Are you a Southlake, TX resident struggling to fall asleep at night? Click here to learn how our skilled team of mental healthcare providers can support you.
When you focus on what you don't have, what you have becomes less. Explore three perspective shifts to stop comparing yourself to others and enjoy life more.
With mindful New Year’s resolutions, your mental health can thrive for the better. Here’s everything you need to know about creating mindful New Year’s resolutions that can not only help you cope in the new year but create your dream life.
Holiday festivities can be overwhelming for those who are grieving. Explore several ways you can support yourself through the healing process this season.
Do you struggle to see your body through the eyes of love during the holidays? Explore five ways to nurture a healthier relationship to yourself this season.
This time of year, many are focused on time spent with family. This is something that can bring heartache for those who have lost loved ones or have difficult familial relationships.
This holiday season, focus on giving back, volunteering, and charity to brighten lives of those in need. Giving back has been proven to boost positive feelings. Here’s what you need to know about how giving back can positively impact your mental health.
The holidays can easily and quickly become overwhelming. Thinking about all the things you must do to make sure the holidays are enjoyable for friends, family, and loved ones is enough to stress anyone out. Here are some tips for managing holiday stress.
Veterans hold a sacred place in our country for their ability to keep us safe and the sacrifices they’ve made. Celebrating and spreading awareness for veterans helps veterans obtain employment, seek mental health services, and feel supported and included.
Gratitude matters when it comes to a higher quality of life. Expressing thankfulness and gratitude is shown to have several physical, psychological, and social benefits. Gratitude has a snowball effect when it comes to positive emotion.
To honor those who have fought or are fighting against breast cancer, here’s what you need to know about how breast cancer affects mental health, and how you can help your loved ones or take care of yourself as a survivor or fighter.
Now that life is beginning to resume back to normal, those that struggle with social anxiety may feel added stress at the thought of the new social norms that will be in place.
The process of adapting as a blended family may come with some hurdles to overcome but there are many ways to work together and build a beautifully blended life.
Marriages take effort as a team, and today we are sharing with you some tips on how to maintain and nurture your marriage so that you and your partner can always feel connected, on the same page, and fulfilled.
Studies have shown that participating in various forms of art can have powerful and lasting effects on mental health.
Positive correction parenting primarily focuses on positive reinforcement with the child so that a more trusting and secure bond will hopefully be formed with them.
Studies have shown cooking and baking can uplift your mood, promote mindfulness, spark passion and creativity, inspire bonding opportunities, and encourage gratitude. Learn more in today's blog.
Producing music, listening to it, and learning a new instrument are all ways that music is used as therapy for a large variety of different conditions that affect the brain. Today, we are going to break down music therapy and some of its great benefits.
Here you will find a few different and helpful ways to combat the end of summer blues so that you can hopefully bring a new perspective to this time of year that inevitably always comes around.
If reading is something that does not typically pique your interest, your opinion might change after you discover a few of the mental benefits we have broken down for you today!
If you desire to keep the peace in your relationships and solve these conflicts in a healthy manner, it’s important to know constructive conflict resolution techniques that will be useful in a variety of scenarios you may encounter.
When we parent with high levels of respect, communication, understanding, and support, it directly shows our youth how valuable these qualities are and how they can be utilized in their own lives and if they are eventually parents themselves someday, too.
We’re here to discuss what exactly emotional intelligence is and what it entails, and how you can ensure it remains strong and supported.
Movement can be functional, communicative, developmental, and expressive. Movement can be utilized to work through an array of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
You have finally graduated high school and you’re thrilled to move off to college and officially start this next chapter of your life – this can be an extremely exciting time, but it can also be a time that brings about a level of anxiety and stress.
The beginning of the school year can be an especially stressful time for parents and particularly students, no matter what grade they are going into.
Big changes can be stress and anxiety inducing, especially when you're still learning how to deal with those feelings. Today we will explore some tips that can help you and your child adjust to the changes often faced when entering middle or high school.
We’re going to dive into everything there is to know about group therapy if you have questions or concerns on your mind regarding it, as well as list some benefits of this method that are typically associated with this process.
We’re here to talk about how to navigate the world of parenting in the era of smartphones and hopefully provide some insight on a circumstance that is relatively new for everyone.
The daily habits that you enact play a huge role in your overall state of mind and mental wellness. These simple daily habits are known to improve mental wellness.
Yoga is a practice that has numerous physical and mental health benefits, including alleviating anxiety. We are excited to partner with Sanara Wellness in Southlake next month to do a special class on Yoga for Anxiety. Check out this article to learn more!
Your mental health and overall quality of life should not have to suffer because of a diagnosis, so we have curated some points to follow that can assist you in coping with a lifelong illness.
Anyone can learn how to be more compassionate towards the self, and we are going to tell you all about the practices you can integrate into your daily routine to ensure you are showing yourself this kindness.
Depression is unfortunately rampant in our society, affecting around 16 million adults in the US each year alone. Today’s aim will be to acquire a more sufficient understanding of some of the different forms of depression that exist and what they entail.
The summer can be a difficult and isolating time for many. There are things we can implement to help us avoid any summertime blues that may arise, which is precisely what we are going to discuss today.
If you are intrigued about how you can build some better habits for yourself, we are going to let you in on five simple ways that you can build good habits that are much more likely to stick.
The thought of making the next three months go smoothly might be a daunting one, but we’re here to help you and let you in on some tips for handling behavioral concerns during the summer.
Studies have shown a positive correlation between taking vacations specifically with your family and mental health.
Today, we are going to break down the different subtypes of bipolar disorder that exist so that we can have a better grasp and gain an improved understanding of this condition.
For those with school-age children, summer means that your kids will have a few months without having school to attend, and you are maybe in need of some guidance on how to best approach this upcoming time. We're here to help.
Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, is a condition that is sometimes seen in young children or teens that are frequently angry, irritable, and defiant. Today we are discussing it in detail, along with ways to overcome.
Today, we are going to talk in detail a bit more about what core beliefs are, how they pertain to us, some common ones that are often found within us, and how these shape our frame of mind.
Fear is one of the most intense emotional responses that we can have as humans and heavy levels of constant fear can effect us greatly.
Let’s talk a bit more about the connection between insomnia and mental health, as well as some useful tactics for sleeping better that can be integrated right away.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concentrates on understanding the cognitive functions and thought patterns of an individual as well as the behaviors that occur as a result of these processes.
Understanding how to deal with and overcome severe separation anxiety is something that comes with time and varies from each individual case, but there are general guidelines that can diminish separation anxiety in a healthy and efficient manner.
Burnout can manifest in a number of ways, and it often occurs as a result of feeling overworked or weighed down by responsibilities and not feeling like you get any quality time to have a mental break and to unwind.
Children have their own unique troubles and are less equipped with how to cope in a healthy and constructive way. It is important to recognize signs of anxiety in youth, as well as validate them so they can learn to handle their symptoms.
Let's breakdown myths and misconceptions surrounding mood disorders and remove social stigma.
Our mental health should not be reliant on being able to travel all the time, but it is a genuine need to have once in a while that is able to sincerely benefit our mental wellbeing.
Change in life is inevitable, but we can shift our perception of what this word means and fully embrace it so that it does not have control over us.
When our emotional health is not accounted for, it can snowball into other areas of our lives, throwing everything off balance. If we make the effort to nourish and protect the emotional body, it allows us to feel more secure and fulfilled overall.
There are numerous strategies that can be implemented to ease the struggles that come with social anxiety, and we are going to consider what these safety behaviors are and how one can learn to cope with unwanted social anxiety.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a style of talk-therapy that is done with a licensed mental health specialist that allows them to help their client pinpoint any negative or unwanted thought patterns and reframe their mindset and behaviors regarding them.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, nearly 16 million individuals over the age of 18 struggle with major depressive disorder in the US alone. Today we are going to go over some useful coping mechanisms for battling depression.
There are plenty of psychological benefits that come out of the act of volunteering, and today we will explore those benefits.
Spring break is often idealized as being a week of nonstop fun and traveling, and while it can be those things, spring break actually does have a ton of other mental and physical health benefits, too.
Setting healthy boundaries is essential to protect your emotional space, conserve your physical and emotional energy, and ensure that you have honest and healthy relationships with others and with yourself.
Losing a loved one, whether it is a family member, friend, spouse, or even pet, is something that no one is ever fully prepared to deal with. Let’s go ahead and talk about some of the practices that are ideal for coping with loss.
There are plenty of misconceptions that surround most mental illnesses, especially when it comes to OCD. We are going to bust some of the myths that surround OCD and learn more about what it actually means to live with this condition.
Always remember that self-care is not selfish. Today we are going to break down the importance of self-care and the positive effects it can have on the mind.
There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to obsessive-compulsive disorder, so today we are going to take the time in this article to provide a better understanding of this disorder.
There are a ton of factors involved when it comes to conditions such as anxiety and depression. Today we will explore the connection between food and the effect it can have on mental health.
Spring cleaning does have a number of positive effects on mental health, which is exactly what we are going to discuss today.
There are plenty of ways to cope with feelings of loneliness during the time surrounding Valentine’s Day, and today we are going to discuss what some of those mechanisms are.
The tips we have listed for you below can help absolutely anyone when it comes to managing anxiety.
Depression is a prominent disorder that unfortunately affects millions of people around the world, and there are plenty of misconceptions that come along with it. Today, we will go over some of the common misconceptions we see about depression.
It is no secret that relationships take an immense amount of work and dedication for them to flourish, as well as an unwavering commitment. Today, we will discuss a few healthy practices to incorporate into your relationship so you can be a good partner.
Video game addiction (or dependency) is a complicated issue in our society. It affects both youth and adults. Today we are going to talk about what some of the signs and symptoms are for this type of dependency and how you can work on moving past it.
Being a parent during this time adds additional stress because you are not only worried about yourself and your community, but also protecting your child. We are going to give some tips on how to comfort your child through these uncertain times.
This year of 2020 has been a difficult one for many of us for numerous reasons, so there is truly no better time than right now to start looking ahead and carrying out some awesome new goals for 2021.
Holiday blues are a very legitimate phenomenon that affects millions each year, and it even affects people that do love the holidays. There are always ways to cope and overcome the holiday blues. Try these methods to combat the holiday blues.