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Ask Julie: Periodic Depression Interferes with Life

Q: I get depressed sporadically and it interferes with my life and I want to fix it. I’ve always had emotional problems my whole life. Anxiety, depression, difficulty coping with life, codependency, low self-esteem; and I have been trying SO HARD to “just be happy” like everyone tells me to do, but I just can’t do it. I TRY. And I don’t want to take meds, and I don’t know how much a therapist is but I don’t have a lot of money.

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Ask Julie: Not Depressed Or Anxious But Prefer Being Alone

Q:  I know there have been several questions on this site regarding preferences for solitude, but most of these questions have come from people with diagnosed disorders such as depression, social phobias, PTSD, etc., and the answers provided have been framed in the context of the relevant disorder. My concern is that, despite being depression and anxiety-free, I am becoming Read more

Featured iUser in iPhone Life Magazine

Featured iUser: Julie de Azevedo Hanks

My iPhone home screen is a fairly accurate overview of my life! A few months ago I responded to a request looking for a health and wellness professional who is a “heavy iPhone user”. I run my therapy practice via my iPhone. I record song demos, attend online courses, and respond to emails, read articles and books, and do most of my social media posting on my iPhone.

Turns outthe interview was for iPhone Life Magazine and I was selected as a “Featured iUser” for the Jan./Feb. 2013 (pg 80).

I guess it’s official. I’m a tech geek.

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Ask Julie: I’m Anorexic and Want To Eat Dirt, Metal, Toilet Paper

QI have this uncontrollable urge to eat things! But then I want to stay skinny, my family has hidden all metal objects and all the things I want to eat such as toilet paper, dirt, t.v remotes, cats, cd’s. I was even tempted as I was writing this to eat the mouse, if this isn’t enough I am terrified to leave my house. My anorexia has been bad and I’ve developed a phobia to tomatoes the only things I eat are crackers and sometimes water, but I always want to eat more things that I shouldn’t. When I was in the mental institution I didn’t have access to any of those things but now, I’m feeling the urge more than ever to eat inedible items. Please help me.

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Mental Health Benefits Of Running

Last month I sat down with KSL’s Brooke Walker and Raylee Eck in beautiful Sugarhouse Park to chat about the health and mental health benefits of running. Ironically, I had to skip my run that morning to get to ready for the video shoot. Ha!

Find Stress Relief By Spotting Your Emotional Needs: PsychCentral Inteview

Feeling stressed? I recently interviewed for an article with Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., Associate Editor of PsychCentral, about how I manage my own stress and how I help my psychotherapy clients manage their stress. The key is emotional awareness and knowing what to do with that awareness. Hopefully, you’ll find some good tips here…(click the title above to read the entire article)

Ask Julie: Depressed, Anxious, and Socially Awkward

Q: I don’t remember a time in my life where I’ve been totally happy but for the past approximately 2 years i have been extremely depressed as a result of my social anxiety and loneliness. I have always found social situations ‘awkward’, in fact the last time I remember frequently leaving my house for social reasons was when I was about 13. I then became more and more of a recluse from there on, i went out with my friends less and less outside of school, then upon leaving school i stopped doing things with my friends more and more until the point where i have not left my house for social reasons for about 2/3 years. I no longer have any friends and although my family is nice and supportive they cannot provide me with what I need. I have not spoken to anyone in person about my problems, I simply can’t. My parents will just tell me to Read more

Does Your Child Have Anxiety? Ask These 2 Questions

The University of British Columbia developed 2 questions in screening kids for anxiety disorders:

1) Is your child more shy or anxious than other children his or her age?

2) Is your child more worried than other children his or her age?

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