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We all know what traditional therapy looks like — but how does online counseling work? This question might be on your mind, especially as we all shelter in place to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19. Not being able to travel to a therapist’s office is a significant concern for many people, making online counseling even more important than ever. 

Thankfully, with today’s technology, speaking to your therapist online is not only more convenient, but also just as effective as in-person therapy, according to several studies.

Below, we’ll take a quick look at how online counseling works — from the initial set-up to how to get the most benefit from your online sessions.

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Battling an anxiety disorder is tough on its own. But in the midst of a global pandemic (COVID-19), it can be very difficult. 

Just like the virus affects different groups of people physically, it also does so mentally. If you already have an anxiety disorder, not only do you worry about you and your family getting sick, but you may experience a deeper level of fear. Unhealthy behavioral and thinking patterns can get worse (or reemerge, if you had managed your condition previously). 

Here’s a look at how coronavirus fears may affect you depending on your condition — as well as tips to help you get through it.

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Bring up the word “millennials,” and you’re likely to hear a collective groan from anyone who’s older. Then, come the complaints: “They’re impatient.” “They think they know it all.” “They’re too entitled.”

Regardless, millennials themselves often cleverly shut down their critics — but that doesn’t mean this generation of young people doesn’t still have its challenges.

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When you’ve reached a crossroads in your relationship, you can feel it. Perhaps you’ve started to argue with your partner more than ever… or worse, fallen into silence.

Should you work on things or walk away? It’s a tricky question to answer. But if you want to give your relationship a chance, consider seeking help before you throw in the towel. Couples therapy could be the solution.

 

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By Parul M. Patel, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Orange County Health Psychologists, Inc.

Many of us know what it’s like to fall in love: Those butterflies in your stomach. That feeling of excitement or nervousness. How your heart literally races at just the thought of your loved one.

If it is the unhealthy bond of limerence, which can look much like the honeymoon stage of a developing relationship, these feelings do not lead to true love — for the relationship rush eventually fades, leaving behind the real struggles and decisions of an adult relationship.

Sometimes, however, the feelings related to limerence get a little out of control.