Author Archives: Carlos F Martinez

Myths about anger

Anger does not necessarily have to be a negative feeling. We know that anger can range from mild irritation to rage. Many people often confuse anger with aggression. Aggression is a behavior intended to cause harm to another person or property. Anger, on the other hand, is a strong feeling of displeasure usually aroused by […]

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Holiday Blues

Christmas and New Year holidays are supposed to bring moments of joy, pleasantness, and gestures of love. Unfortunately, many people feel sad, anxious, and hopeless, especially immigrants.   Many immigrants wonder more intensely about their loved ones in their home countries. This produces feelings of sadness and longing, and many immigrants even feel guilty for […]

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Family and Couple Relationship Difficulties

  The number of divorces in the U.S. is staggering. I t is estimated that in the United States approximately 40% to 50% of the marriages end in divorce within the first eight years of marriage. Unfortunately, divorce has become a common event, and many people fail to learn from their first divorce. The number […]

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What you need to know about the term “bipolar”

I noticed how some adolescents are using the word bipolar in their schools.  I recently talked to some students from a local school, and they told me that many of their friends call each other “bipolar.”  I asked if they could explain to me why they used that term, but I did not get a […]

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Bereavement: What Happens When a Loved One Dies?

Everyone in this life faces difficult challenges that can affect their daily routines. Almost everyone will also have to confront the death of a loved one at some point in their lives. What happens when someone faces a challenge as big as this? This is something no one wants to experience, but the reality is […]

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How to talk to your children

Source: APA Parents usually, if not always, want their children to behave appropriately and responsibly. Unfortunately many parents have forgotten the curiosity that characterizes the teenage stage of life. We must also remember that teens experience hormones in turmoil, and physical and psychological changes are inevitable. Therefore, the behavior of young people changes, which can […]

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Massacre in Sandy Hook Elementary

Mental Health Crucial to Well-Being The tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut have put mental health issues in sharp focus for our nation.  As we look at the consequences of these events, we must consider the troubled individuals who lack appropriate ways to express their frustrations and emotional pain, the difficulties and […]

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Are you Achieving Generativity?

  On hearing the word generativity in the context of middle life, many may imagine productivity exemplified primarily by career accomplishments, accumulated wealth, or possessions. To 20th century psychoanalyst and developmental theorist Erik Erikson, however, generativity represents the making of contributions of lasting value. Caring for others is the key virtue to achieving this goal. […]

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The Meaning of Life After 50

  How can we find meaning to life? Is the purpose in life in the 50s, 60s, or 70s the same as when we are 20? For some the answer is…maybe. But for others, chances are it probably changed a lot in the last years. It really depends on what we consider to have meaning […]

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Are you living with an addict or alcoholic?

  It is estimated that more than 20 million people have a serious problem with drinking, and nearly half of all Americans consume alcohol regularly.  Most of these individuals do not suffer from addiction alone. Unfortunately, partners, children, parents, and other family members of alcoholics suffer the consequences of their addiction as well, and many […]

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