Kathy Sowder

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  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What is grief?

    Grief is the emotional impact a person feels as the result of a loss. Grief commonly includes a sadness, anger, sense of confusion, difficulty thinking or making decisions, fear, and often guilt. The more attached to the person or object lost, the greater the emotional impact may be. Sometimes grief...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    How can I improve a relationship?

    There are many little things that can be done to improve a relationship that really add up over time. Some of these are daily expressions of love, affectionate touches, and verbal expressions of affection and gratitude. Another is to express interest in the other person`s job, family and activities....Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What are the factors that add stress to my body?

    Situations and life`s demands can be stressful, but many add to their own stress by expecting too much of themselves or others, by over-committing their time or responsibilities, by not saying "No" when they need to, and by not prioritizing well. Each person needs to make his/her own health and w...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    How do medications treat mental abuse?

    Medications do not treat the mental abuse, but may help with the resulting depression and anxiety that develop from being a victim of mental abuse; they may help you mobilize yourself to seek help, to make decisions on your own behalf  and to feel enough confidence to take action or to reach out to...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What is caregiver stress?

    Caregiver stress is the stress that occurs from caretaking of another person. The caregiver may tend to center his/her life on what the other person needs and lose sight of his/her own needs, thus becoming resentful or burned out. The caregiver may become depressed, anxious, experience insomnia,...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What are the symptoms of depression?

    Symptoms of depression include a loss of interest in things that usually would be interesting, an ongoing sad or low mood, fatigue and loss of energy. Many times a depressed person has difficulty sleeping or sleeps too much, has a loss of appetite or eats too much, loses interest in sex, is irritable, and cannot concentrate....Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    How can I manage holiday stress?

    One way to avoid stress during the holidays is to be cautious about how much you commit to do. Try to commit to what you want to do and enjoy doing, rather than trying to meet others' expectations. It is better to under-commit if possible, so that you have time to enjoy those activities. Find ways to...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What are simple things I can do every day to relieve stress?

    One simple technique to relieve stress is several times a day to think of at least one thing you have to be grateful for, and to really focus on it for several seconds, breathing in deeply a few times. Another technique is to relax in a chair or bed, close your eyes, and fully imagine yourself in...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    Are anxiety disorders serious?

    Anxiety disorders are serious because they can limit your ability to do the things you want to do or need to do. Often if you are anxious, you may find yourself coping with your anxiety by avoiding certain situations, even though you realize you need to be going certain places and doing certain things. Even...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What should I do to help with my recovery from substance abuse?

    You can help your recovery by building a support team of friends and family who want you to stay clean and sober, and by being honest with them and yourself when you need help. You will need to stay away from old using friends, and find some sober activities that you enjoy to fill your time. You...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology
    Kathy Sowder of MDLIVE answered:

    If I relapse, have I failed with my recovery from substance abuse?

    A relapse does not have to mean failure. Some people do relapse and continue to use, but many people are motivated to return to a sober/straight lifestyle, and do what they need to do to do so, such as tell supportive people, return to 12 step meetings, and identify what caused the relapse, so they...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    Am I in a healthy relationship?

    There are some important ingredients to help you determine whether you are in a healthy relationship, but only you know if you feel that special connection you need. Some of the ingredients of a healthy relationship are whether you feel treated equal, appreciated, respected, trusted, and listened to. If you do...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    How long does grief last?

    The duration of grief is a very individual thing. Part of the intensity and duration of grief depends on the relationship and attachment the person had with the object or person lost. It may also depend partially on the person`s coping style with dealing with other stressors. For example, a person who...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

    Symptoms of anxiety include excessive worry and often physical signs leading to difficulty doing daily tasks. It may include trembling, muscle tension, feeling fatigued, rapid heart rate, dry mouth, cold hands, restlessness, dizziness, shortness of breath, and impaired concentration. Many times anxious...Read More
  • Kathy Sowder - Semmes, AL - Psychology

    What is the difference between negative and healthy stress?

    The same event or situation may produce healthy stress for one person and negative stress for another person, much of which is determined by the way that person perceives it. For instance, if one person gets fired, he may think it is the worst thing that could have happened, and focus on all the...Read More