If you are looking for encouragement, education and guidance, you have come to the right place! Read on for inspiring messages to help you move beyond limiting beliefs, to understand challenging emotions and gain the motivation you need to make positive changes in your life

Can Coping Mechanisms Help Us Overcome SAD?

When someone is shy or socially anxious, they often grasp onto a variety of coping mechanisms to minimize their fears.  A student in a classroom may doodle while the teacher is lecturing to lessen the power the negative thoughts have …

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Struggling to Fit in at School

The need for kids to feel like they fit in seems to grow with every increase in grade level.  In kindergarten and first grade, the friendship choices are more vast and less particular.  Moving up in the grade school years, …

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The Impact of Bullying

It makes me sad to see that bullying is still such a big problem.  It seems to be getting worse instead of better, especially with social media and cell phones.  It doesn’t take much courage to send a nasty text message to …

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What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can be caused by genetics, learned behavior and health issues.  SAD can develop at any age.  I attended a Mental Health 101 presentation yesterday, which was part of Appleton’s Mental Health Awareness activities.  The presenter, from …

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What’s the difference between shyness and social anxiety disorder?

There’s often a misconception that a person with SAD is just “shy”, but that isn’t the case.  There are some distinct differences… As I started talking more about social anxiety disorder (SAD) people often related it to shyness.  When I …

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Patience and Trust Can Pay Off

Everyone deals with many challenges in their lives on a regular basis.  Some people seem to handle challenges in stride and may even say they thrive on such challenges.  Other people show visible strain when even a small roadblock jumps …

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