5 Little Known Ways to Be Happy

Looking for tips on how to be happy may seem tacky at first. But on second thought, why should it be? Many people in the world are actually living in bliss; so we know that happiness is not a myth. For something worth having as the elusive H, it’s best to have up-to-date ...

Oct 31

Categories: Adult psychological development, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...


Safety Guidelines When Disclosing Mental Health Issues Online (A ...

Recently, I've heard accounts of cyberbullies targeting persons with mental health issues, particularly cult show fanbases posting on Tumblr and various blogging platforms. These cyberbullies allegedly send hate messages, feeding on the posters' anxieties with some even urging their prey to ...

Dec 29

Categories: Anxiety, Bullying, Depression, Suicide Prevention, Teenage Issues


The Business Case for Supporting Employee Mental Health

 Ask Pinoys for their understanding of mental health and for sure phrases like “sira ulo” (broken head), “baliw” (crazy), and “kulang sa turnilyo” (missing a few screws) will come up. And yes, even the well-traveled, well-educated Filipino will equate ...

Dec 28

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Workplace Issues


Long Distance Parenting: Tips on Communicating Across the Miles

Parent-child relationships are challenging enough face-to-face. Even with proximity working for you, misunderstandings occur and tensions build up. How much more if you have several thousand miles between you? It's not easy to form and maintain attachments to people you don't see ...

Dec 11

Categories: Child Development, Parenting


Martyrdom Just Gets You Shot: Why Sacrifice for Family Isn't Always a ...

In my workshops on psychological well-being, there's one question that keeps popping up: "Should I still support my family? I already feel drained and stressed but I don't want to be a bad son/daughter."  The question typically comes with frustration, resignation, and not a ...

Oct 31

Categories: Dependency Problems, Family of Origin Issues / Codependency, Marital ...


Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

We can only control our lives to a certain extent. At the end of the day, many things are outside our influence.In life, there’ll be things that will shock, anger, sadden and hurt us --- and they can come with absolutely no warning. Some of these unexpected events can be considered as ...

Oct 31

Categories: Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD


Obsessing About Failure

There are people who obsess about missed opportunities or being bested by others. They spend hours, even weeks, replaying what had happened, wondering what went wrong and figuring out why they weren't successful. They do this to the point they get emotionally drained.Obsessing about failure is ...

Oct 14

Categories: Adult psychological development, Happiness


Dealing with Bipolar Disorder: Why You Shouldn't Let Anyone Tell You ...

If you have Bipolar Disorder, you've probably heard someone say: "You know what your problem is? You're not trying hard enough to control your emotions!" And yes, it's painful to hear. Basically, what your friend, parent, or just the armchair expert next door is ...

Oct 10

Categories: Bipolar


Thought-Stopping Techniques to Manage Cigarette Craving

One of the challenges of quitting smoking is dealing with the craving. The strong urge to smoke while abstaining is both physical and psychological; your body may already have developed a tolerance to nicotine, and you have adapted to the cigarette habit in your life. The longer you’ve been a ...

Oct 10

Categories: Addictions


Blog Writer:

Kay Vardeleon

Karen Rose "Kay" Vardeleon, RPsy is a registered psychologist and a PAP-certified specialist in Counseling Psychology. She is a co-founder of Childfam-Possibilities Psychosocial Services in Quezon City, where she holds clinic hours. She is passionate about work with persons with mood disorders, survivors of abuse and trauma, persons with non-chemical addictions, adult children of addicts, and individuals needing inner child work.

Kay Vardeleon belongs to Childfam-Possibilities Psychosocial Services - Makati Branch in Philippines