By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW Dear Kristina, These last few months I have felt overwhelmed and just chaotic about my future and the choices I’ve made in my life. I’m wondering if I shouldn’t have gone back to school instead of getting into my current career and also if I really want to be with my partner. (He is kind and good but not very
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW Dear Kristina, My Nan, who was 82, passed away last week from complications with some health problems. She was elderly, and we knew this was coming for a while. The problem is that I can’t stop crying and I am having trouble even functioning. I’m a grown woman in my 30s, I shouldn’t be so upset. I’m wondering if you
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW Here we are. At the beginning of February and thus, embarking on the famous February blahs. That time of the year when many of us have slowly and unwittingly become a creature of the shadows. We lurk mainly indoors, hibernating as much as possible and socializing rarely. A lot of us feel despondent, uninspired, uninterested and generally low this time
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW It is officially December. This year’s Santa Claus parade has come and gone, and with it came the city’s first dusting of frost. The stores are already decked with holiday fare and the festivities have begun. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, the hoopla is largely inescapable. The holidays create expectations of joy, togetherness, love and laughter. Yet, these
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, BSW, MSW, RSW In the past twenty years much has been achieved in the field of happiness research: defining meaning across cultures and time, identifying how to measure it, and who has it. Nowadays, you can’t cross a social media site without running into happiness research in some shape or form. High happiness levels not only mean we get to experience general
By Dr. Kristina Schwalm-Baquet, MSW, RSW Dear Kristina, My ND and MD have now both suggested I do some CBT for Insomnia. I’ve had insomnia for years now and have mostly used sleeping pills and coffee to manage it, but the sleeping pills are causing problems and I am really dependent on them. How does CBT for Insomnia work and what do you do to
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, MSW, RSW The fading summer months can stir in us renewed motivation. The temperature cools and sharpens and it nudges us from summer dreams. We are suddenly squirrels, conscious of the nuts that must be stored for the cold months ahead. Fall seems to be a time for self-reflection. A time to take a step back, and take a good look. A
What’s worse is that summer brings with it an expectation of levity and joy. If you are simply not feeling this, depressive symptoms may be further aggravated by the belief that you should be, and that everyone else is. If you are struggling with your mood this summer, you might feel entirely isolated and alone. But remember you are not. Depression is a clinical disorder, and it doesn’t just go away because of summertime, and in many cases it may be provoked by it.
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, BSW, MSW, RSW Welcome back to the fourth and final part of our 4 part series on anxiety. I hope the first three parts of this series have provided a clear description of anxiety, and some steps to take to conquer it. This is only the beginning, but even these beginning steps can help minimize the impact and distress that anxiety creates.
By Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, BSW, MSW, RSW The Anxiety Vortex: Coping with Panic Attacks is Part 3 of a four-part blog series on anxiety and anxiety disorders. In this series Kristina Schwalm-Bacquet, BSW, MSW, RSW, addresses the important issues surrounding anxiety and anxiety treatment. You might laugh, you might cry – okay, well you probably won’t do either of these things – but more importantly –