Sunday, October 28, 2018

Are You OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): People with OCD have constant thoughts or fears that cause them to perform certain rituals or routines. 

They also have anxiety.

These disturbing thoughts are called obsessions and the rituals are called compulsions. 

An example is --a person who has an unreasonable fear of germs would constantly wash their hands.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) actually causes the brain to get stuck on a specific thought or urge. 

 Most people who are OCD fall into one of these categories:



1. Fear of causing harm to yourself or others
2. Having Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images
3. Having an Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas
4. Having the Fear of being contaminated by germs
5.  Fear of losing something or not having things you       might need
 6. Needing to have Order and symmetry- which is the concept that everything must line up orderly
 7. Having the Fear of being contaminated by germs
 8. Being Superstitions-- demonstrating excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky
Reference Help Guide org


There is help for OCD. 
Counseling can help you.

By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Self-Care...A MUST!

Self- Care...hmmm-  What is that
My quest is to be SUPERMOM!!!!! 

That is how I used to think.

If we were honest with ourselves, most of us do not demonstrate self-care in the manner in which we should. We take care of our spouses, children, homes, jobs, ailing parents, etc. before we take the time out to take care of ourselves.

One main reason that we do this is because we might feel like we are being selfish if we take time out for ourselves. I know I used to think that.

I used to work two full time jobs while I was home schooling my children- AND while I was in college full-time. All the while- I WAS SUPER MOM! I thought that if I did everything possible for my children that I was a good mother. 

Now I know that I am a better mother taking care of myself and that having my teenager do things for herself is not child abuse but actually best for her!

I burned out and became mentally and physically ill. I was then forced to take better care of myself. Now……….I TREASURE MY HEALTH!

We cannot take care of others if we first do not take care of ourselves. Further, if we were honest with ourselves, most of the tasks that we do for our loved one can be delegated more than we probably do so.

Could it be for some of you that you are not motivated to take better care of yourself? If so, ask yourself why you feel this way and then take steps to make changes.

It is easier to lie around than exercise. 

It is easier to eat junk food that is quick and inexpensive than it is to eat healthy. 

It is more convenient to watch what it on the television than to only allow positive and uplifting entertainment into your hearts and minds, and so on.

Let’s face it; you need to be motivated before you implement these concepts into your life. One reason that it is difficult to get motivated to demonstrate more self-care is that in doing it the manner in which we need to can be very overwhelming. 

However-------

If you take better care of yourself, things in your life will become more manageable.

Ideas of self- care will be different for different people.

Some things that I personally do to implement self- care are the following:
Brisk walking
Fresh air and sunshine  
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Drinking plenty of water
Get adequate sleep
Frequent Chiropractic adjustments
Prayer and worship
Ballroom dancing lessons
Listening to music
Take a nap
Gardening
Take a long hot bath   
Taking time out a few minutes a day just for something I enjoy
Surrounding myself with uplifting, Christ-like, and positive people

Take time to take care of YOU!  
YOU ARE WORTH IT! 
YOU ARE VALUABLE! 

What are YOUR ideas for self care? 
Click on this blog title and then you will see where you can leave a comment below.

Please leave your ideas in the comments


By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

 Have Hope! Renew Health! and...........




 














  




I would love to hear them!
oldie but goodie

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Make Your Mind Up- To Exercise!



Working out and fitness requires us to make up our minds to engage in regular physical activity. 

Fitness will help our mental and physical health. 

Mental and physical health are intertwined.

First, make the decision to GET FIT!

By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

 Have Hope! Renew Health! and...........




 














  




Monday, October 22, 2018

Work It! Take Action In Your Life!

Everything that is worth having in your life is worth working for! 

NOTHING COMES EASY!!

What you spend your time on will grow in your life! 

Work toward what you would like to see more in your life by implementing an action plan and work at it! 

By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

 Have Hope! Renew Health! and...........




 














  




Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sorry For Absence/ Support Group Canceled Tonight

Hello. I am sorry for my absence. I have had some complications recovering from a surgery.

I will need to cancel the Grief and Loss/ Miscarriage and Infant Loss Support Group for this evening. Please accept my apology for having having to cancel this again. I look forward to offering it again soon.
 
 By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

 Have Hope! Renew Health! and...........




 














  


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Let Your Wounds Refine You- Not Define You

Let Your Wounds Refine You-
 Not Define You

These words are profound. They came from my Pastor's sermon this morning. 

Let your pain and wounds help to shape you to be better and stronger. Learn from them. Let them 'refine' you. Do not let your wounds and pain define and dictate who you are.

Your wounds happened to you. They are not your identity. 

Your wounds, pain, trauma, etc. do not define you.

Your worth and value in Christ defines you!

Reference- Dr. Mark Gregory, 
Calvary Baptist Church 
http://www.cbcol.net/
 
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 By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

 Have Hope! Renew Health! and...........




 














  


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Don't Quit, You Will Make It!

I know that some of  you are going through a difficult time. 

I know that you want to give up and quit the fight, the hard times.

Please don't quit. Don't ever give up. You can make it through this difficult time!

Give your worries and fears to God. Let go of what you do not have control over and give them to Him. 

Someone is praying for you as well.

You are child of God. He loves you and cares for you. Go to Him. Pray. Have hope.

Seek support whether it is from a friend, a church member, a support group, or a with a counselor. 

There is hope and help.

YOUr life matters. 

Counseling Facebook Page AND "LIKE" IT!
 



        
 By Diane Davidson Gammon MS
Clinical mental Health Counselor 

Changing Lives with God's HOPE!

Disclaimer- I am not a doctor and I am not giving out medical advice. My blogs are for information and inspirational purposes. Please consult your doctor before starting a new health regimen.

Diane Davidson Gammon Arnold MS is clinically supervised by Michael Loftis LCSW as she pursues  LPC-MHSP licensure



 Open Full-Time Days - Monday through Saturday
With Evening Appointments
615-556-8406
Email- Diane@LivingWithHopeCounseling.com

Sliding Scale Fee for Individual Counseling Sessions 

Free Support Groups for: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Hopelessness, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, and Grief and Loss (Including Miscarriage/ Stillbirth/ Infant loss)

 Have Hope! Renew Health! and...........