Pauliann Long, LCSW-C

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Author: Pauliann Long

Want Better Overall Health? Get Rid of Tension First

Tension and stress go hand in hand.Simply put, tension is a physical reaction to stress. The name speaks for itself, causing your body to “tense up.” Some people feel the tension in their shoulders or neck. Others may get tension headaches. It’s all a result of high levels of stress. When your body is under a lot of stress, it becomes...

3 Overlooked Signs You’re Struggling with Depression

We all have bad days and times when we aren’t happy. It’s also easy to think that you would recognize the signs of depression if you were struggling. Unfortunately, there are some “overlooked” signs that not everyone realizes right away. When these signs continue to go unnoticed, your depression may get worse. The longer you choose to ignore these hidden symptoms, the...

4 Keys to Coping When You Live with Depression

When you live with depression, nearly everything feels like a struggle. Sometimes, something as simple as getting up in the morning seems like a monumental task. But, because so many people struggle with depression on a daily basis, it’s important to understand different ways of coping with it. Of course, counseling and various holistic forms of treatment can help. But, understanding how...

Battling Depression? – 5 Powerful Ways Therapy Can Help

Depression is a treatable condition. Unfortunately, many people either don’t recognize the symptoms or don’t think anything can help them feel  better. Self-help and self-treatment are plausible for certain cases of depression. But, when it seems like an endless battle that can’t be won, therapy is a great option. There are no negative stigmas that go along with therapy when battling depression....

Are You Experiencing Depression? – How to Spot the Signs

Millions of people are affected by depression every day. There are so many different levels of depression. Plus, anxiety often accompanies depression. Because of this, it’s not always easy to spot the signs. The more you understand about varying degrees of depression, the better. It doesn’t always look the same for everyone. With that being said, there are some things to look...

3 Ways to Cope with Tension and Finally Learn to Relax

Everyone experiences stress and tension from time to time. But when tension starts to take over more and more of your life, it can negatively impact your mental, physical, and emotional health. There are many downfalls to having tension all the time. If you don’t find healthy ways to cope with your tension and finally learn to relax, you could be putting...

Surprising Ways Stress and Anxiety Are Not the Same

It’s often easy to pair stress and anxiety together. With several similar symptoms and potential causes, they seem to be interchangeable. But, that’s not always the case. Understanding how stress and anxiety are different is vital to safeguarding our mental health. Anxiety is actually one of the negative effects caused by stress. The two don’t manifest in the same way. Of course, this...

How to Discuss Tough Relationship Topics with Your Partner

Long-term relationships have rough spots and tough conversations. They just come with relationship territory. Totally normal. Completely okay. And really uncomfortable. Those rough spots are hard to talk about. Tensions rise. Hurt and irritation crackle between you. Your loving connection seems to fray every time you go “there.” So, in the interest of peace, you don’t talk about those topics…but neither of you really have much...

Couples Therapy: Why You Should Go & What You Can Expect

When you think of couples therapy, where does your mind go? Do you think of all the benefits and helpful guidance you’ll receive? Or, do other less positive thoughts come to mind? Perhaps the following thoughts seem familiar: “Isn’t couples therapy a last resort?” “Don’t couples just spend the hour venting and stirring up trouble to take back home?” “Aren’t we admitting that...