LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of trauma than their peers. Queer people experience disproportionate rates of suicide, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Data suggests that as many as 38-65 percent of transgender individuals have contemplated suicide.
Our bond with animals is often integral to our lives, yet their deaths are often seen as less significant than those of humans. In actuality, for many people, the loss of a pet hurts just as much as the loss of a loved one.
As a consequence, the process of mourning a pet is often hidden from others because we worry that we’ll be seen as “overly sentimental, lacking in maturity, or emotionally weak.”
What is integrative (mind-body) medicine? We used to think that our mental, emotional, and physical health were completely separate. If you wanted to treat one, you didn’t have to consult with the others. Yet as our knowledge has advanced, we’ve learned that this old myth is far from true. This has led to the rise… read more
For several of us, the holidays summon feelings of stress, irritability, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. A 2014 poll conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America suggests that the majority of people feel more anxious or depressed at the holidays.
Each year, millions of people are forced to cope with the physical and psychological effects of chronic pain. Viva therapist Regina Tosca, LICSW, knows this well—with her background in palliative care and hospital social work, she’s worked with many clients who deal with chronic pain in their daily life. In the following post, Regina breaks… read more