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Therapy Blog for Counseling in Sacramento - Relationship Therapy Center

When Depression Affects You Sexually

Nancy Ryan

Having sex when dealing with depression can be satisfying to you and your partner-- all that it takes is a little reinvention.

It is common for men and women to have sexual problems as a result of depression. The effects of any level of sexual dysfunction for men and women with depression can have a debilitating effect not only for you but also for your partner.  There are psychological, physiological and pharmacological factors that can lead to changes in your sexuality and sexual relationship. The most common factors include side effects of some medications, being fearful that the inability to perform and/or satisfy your partner may cause rejection and a lack of desire. Be assured that if you and your partner work together, you can overcome your sexual obstacles and reconnect on many levels.   

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Depression vs. Diet

Nancy Ryan

Recent studies have shown that making healthy modulations to your diet can benefit your depression management plan in a number of ways.  A healthier diet can reduce your pain sensitivity caused by depression, including nerve pain and inflammation. Eliminating refined sugar and alcohol from your diet can also improve your depression.

While it is most important to see your doctor regularly and follow her/his depression management plan designed for you, there is more that you can do on your own to help yourself at every meal.  

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How to Help Your Child Through Anxiety and Depression

Nancy Ryan

When helping your child through anxiety and depression, don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance and support- for your child and for yourself.

Approximately 20 percent of American adolescents, ages 13-17, struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Determining the difference between teen angst and teens with anxiety and depression can be a fine line, but there are some significant cues and symptoms that are tell-tale signs.

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Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Nancy Ryan

Untreated PTSD can lead to depression and relationship issues

Many traumatic events, physical and psychological, can cause depression. Often linked primarily to stress and emotional issues, people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are often at a higher risk to develop depression. PTSD can develop after a recent or past trauma, such as warfare, acts of violence, a life-threatening illness, emotional abuse, or the death of a loved one. The main psychological symptoms of PTSD are hyperarousal, avoidance, re-experiencing memories, mood swings and changes in behavior. Untreated symptoms of PTSD can lead to depression.

If you are suffering from PTSD and/or depression, it is important to get treatment immediately.  PTSD is nothing to be ashamed of and help is readily available to assist you through the process of healing.

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What is Codependency?

Nancy Ryan

Codependence often stems from behaviors that we learn in childhood. For instance, if you felt like your grades were never good enough for your parents, you might have bent over backward to get good grades even if it meant that you weren’t getting enough sleep because you had to study constantly. You are sacrificing your own needs (sleep) to please someone else (parents). Many people repeat the same pattern of behavior into adulthood.

Signs That You Might Be Co-Dependent

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Keys To A Happy Marriage

Nancy Ryan

If you are planning your wedding, probably envision you and your spouse living happily ever after. With the excitement of a wedding, it is hard to imagine anything else. However, once the excitement wears off, you realize that marriage is far more difficult than you had imagined. sharing your life with another person can be a challenge. Marriages take love, commitment and respect to work. A marriage based on these things doesn’t just happen. It is something that you have to build. To build a successful marriage, you must first know what things make up a happy marriage. Here are some important keys to make your marriage a lasting one.  

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What is the Gottman Method For Healthy Relationships?

Nancy Ryan

There are many different types of couples therapy. And, not all therapy is created equal. Some therapeutic modalities or practices are based on scientifically-proven techniques. These are called evidence-based therapies and they have been proven to work. One such kind of therapy is called The Gottman Method.

Here at the Relationship Therapy Center, we are proud to use the Gottman Method in couples therapy. Here is a breakdown of the Gottman Method and what you can expect.

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Help! My Partner Won't Come To Therapy

Nancy Ryan

You are ready to get help, but your partner refuses. What can you do?

Are you and your partner having marriage problems? Maybe your husband refuses to get a job after being laid off for six months. Your boyfriend of five years gets angry over the smallest things. If it weren’t for these things, you’d have a great relationship. But, you can't get past them. You're ready to get help. However, your partner refuses to go to therapy. The good news is that if your partner will not budge, all is not hopeless. Here are some tips.

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4 Things Successful Co-Parents Do

Nancy Ryan

If you are going through a divorce, you may still have a lot of anger or hurt. It is hard enough to deal with these feelings. The last thing that you probably want to do is to work closely with your ex. But, that is exactly what you will have to do when children are involved. For those who are sharing custody of children, the struggles of co-parenting can seem overwhelming.

Many couples manage to work out successful co-parenting relationships that are amicable and help their children thrive. While there is no specific blueprint to a successful co-parenting relationship, there are some things that most successful co-parents do. Here they are.

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Surviving Infidelity- Tips to repair your relationship

Nancy Ryan

Infidelity seems to be on the rise. According to researchers, the number of people who cheat has increased more than 40 percent since 1990.

An affair can quickly spell the end of an even seemingly happy marriage. However, an affair does not have to result in a divorce. Relationship therapists agree that it is possible to save a marriage after an affair. If both partners are willing to put in the hard work, there is hope for the couple. Here are some tips for surviving infidelity.

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