You go through many transitions, or changes, in your life. They can
be good, bad, or just something different. Transitions include getting married
or divorced, moving, a new baby, a new job, or changes in your health.
All transitions can be stressful. Even a good transition, such as
getting a better job, is a change and can cause stress.
These days, more and more people are engaged in “web confessions” -- baring
their secrets to online communities, often anonymously. It can feel great in
the short-term; it’s a chance to come clean about long-held secrets and bond
with others who have had similar experiences. But is it a healthy habit?
For Barbara Smith, a 45-year-old homemaker from Madison, N.C., confessing
online very definitely was healthy. Smith had been married for 28 years to her
high-school sweetheart and was the mother...
During a transition, you may not feel sure of yourself. You may feel
that you have lost something or feel nervous about the change. If you feel this
way during a transition, you may notice more intense symptoms of
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).