American Flag flying in rememberance of those who have served

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. It is a day of remembrance, a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Anxious young woman sitting on couch

No matter where you may be, anxiety has a funny way of sneaking up and surprising you. While you try  to keep yourself together when your spouse is deployed, the last thing you want to do is get anxious  about everyday tasks. There are numerous situations that could contribute to an unexpected anxiety flare-up, but the good news is that there are ways to quickly help relieve the stress of the situation.

1. Work

Young Navy family

November 1st marks the beginning of Military Family Appreciation Month; a month-long celebration during which the Department of Defense and the nation will honor the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members.

Throughout the month of November, military families will be honored and recognized for their support of our military and nation. This is an excellent time to recognize these families for the commitment and contributions they make every single day.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event. A traumatic event can be experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, physical or sexual assault.

distressed man with supportive wife

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that you see, hear about, or that happens to you, like:

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The theme of the 2015 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is ‘Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives’.

An initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), WSPD has taken place on 10th September each year since 2003. WSPD serves as a call to action to individuals and organizations to prevent suicide. This year, the theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.


Those suffering from PTSD goes through a devastating experience. With the nightmares, terrors, depression, and flashbacks, it can be a traumatic occurrence, and not only is the person suffering affected but also the family and friends. First and foremost, those suffering from PTSD need to know and understand that the problem is not them. The problem is the stress and anxiety caused from a life-threatening experience that they encountered. Life-threatening experiences can happen to anyone and everyone. There is no specific occupation or person that is affected.

Military man looking at a computer

Last week, we shared a blog on the correlation between social consumption and elevated rates of anxiety and depression.  A silver lining does exist in terms of social media over-usage for a specific segment of the population however; military veterans.

Military man looking at a computer

Over the past 10 years, since the inception of Facebook, the standard measure of time has not changed. A day still encompasses 24 hours, 1,440 minutes and 86,400 seconds. What has changed, at least for the 58 million Americans who self-identify as having the "social habit," a phenomenon categorized by social media usage five or more times a day, is individual interaction with time.

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September is suicide awareness month. Recent events in the news including the loss of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams to suicide has brought this issue to the forefront. The psychological pain that leads individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave families and friends heartbroken. Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, but are also themselves at higher risk of suicide and emotional problems.