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What is Nomophobia? Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

In the age of constant connectivity, the absence of a mobile phone can evoke feelings of fear and Anxiety in many people. Nomophobia—the fear of being without a mobile phone—is becoming an increasingly common disorder. What is Nomophobia? Nomophobia, or “No Mobile Phone Phobia,” refers to the Anxiety and agitation people experience when they are without their mobile phone. It is a phrase coined during a 2008 study by the UK’s research-based organization (YouGov). They found that whether it’s running out of battery, losing signal, or forgetting the phone at home, the inability to connect or communicate through the mobile phone can lead to intense fear and distress. This anxiety is highest among young people as found in the latest 2019 UK research study: 60% of 18- to 24-year-olds and 25-to 34-year-olds say that they would be anxious not being able to communicate to family and friends with their phone, while only 34% of those aged 55 and over were concerned. It’s a manifestation of our dependency on mobile connectivity and a reflection of the role technology plays in our lives. Women especially were more likely to feel anxious or...

By Amber LeFevour, LMFT

Published: February 26, 2024
Read Time: 4 Minutes
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Happily Ever After Starts Here: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling in Preventing Divorce

According to the CDC, the current national divorce rate for adults aged 25-39 is 24 per 1,000 persons and 21- per 1000 persons for those 40-49 years of age. Divorce is costly.  Financially, spiritually – and emotionally. Divorce ranks as one of life’s most stressful events, coming second only to the death of a spouse, according to research. Studies show that those who experience a major life event like divorce are 2.5 to 9.4 times more likely to develop depression. For individuals already living with depression, the end of a marriage can exacerbate these symptoms. It’s important for anyone going through a breakup or considering a divorce to understand these risks so they can take steps toward protecting themselves against the potential long-term emotional effects. On the rise is the option of Premarital Counseling with a mental health professional. Premarital Counseling acts as an early preventative measure by allowing potential mates to receive professional analysis to uncover potential issues that may create unmanageable conflict – and work them out early. The roots of pre-marital counseling are grounded in religious practices. Newly formed couples frequently sought the wise counsel of their priests or rabbis to evaluate their needs and compatibilities as they advanced toward consideration of a lifetime commitment. For example, Chris...

By Amber LeFevour, LMFT

Published: January 16, 2024
Read Time: 6 Minutes
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Happily Ever After Starts Here: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling in Preventing Divorce