Category: Mental Health

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Collaborative Care with Mental Health

If you or a loved one has sought out mental health services recently, you are painfully aware of the long wait times to see a mental health professional. Depending on the resources in a particular area people can wait from weeks to months before seeing someone. For some the wait is too long which leads to poor outcomes like unnecessary suffering, suicide attempt, completed … Read More Collaborative Care with Mental Health

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7 Simple Money Tips You Can Actually Use

While it may be true that money cannot buy you happiness… it can make your life a lot easier when used appropriately or exponentially harder if used irresponsibly. If your financial situation needs a makeover, try these few small changes and watch those dollar signs add up. Track your spending It is so easy to overspend if you have no idea where your money … Read More 7 Simple Money Tips You Can Actually Use

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How to Explain Anxiety to Someone Close to You

There is no “right” time to tell someone you care about that you live with anxiety. It will likely happen when the time feels right, and when there is a level of trust between you that allows for an open conversation. When you do decide to talk to your partner about your anxiety, be sure to take the time the discussion deserves. This is … Read More How to Explain Anxiety to Someone Close to You

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5 Tips For Handling Difficult Conversations With Children

2020 was an immense challenge for children and their families, and the start of 2021 has also been rocky. Many of us were hopeful about the New Year being a lighter, happier, and less difficult year but there is still much turmoil in this country which is hard to ignore. The struggle facing many parents is how to raise children in this environment, and … Read More 5 Tips For Handling Difficult Conversations With Children

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that is characterized by a persistent pattern of symptoms that interfere with social and occupational/academic functioning. ADHD begins in childhood, and to meet criteria for the diagnosis onset of symptoms must be before the age of 12 years, and symptoms must be present in more than one setting (e.g., home and school). There are 3 … Read More Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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How Meghan Markle Discussing Mental Health Can Help Others

For anyone who has yet to watch the Oprah interview with Meghan and Harry that aired on March 7, 2021 on CBS, please do. There are so many lessons to be learned and shared. One of the most remarkable pieces of the interview was when Meghan discussed the painful experience of living with suicidal thoughts. All while feeling forced to put on a happy smile … Read More How Meghan Markle Discussing Mental Health Can Help Others

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How a Psychotherapist Deals With ‘Failing’ a Patient

It is certainly difficult to come to terms with treating a patient who seemingly may not be benefiting from therapy. It is also quite easy to view that as a failure on the part of the therapist. However, it is important to remember that patients come to the office with years of trauma. And the expectation on behalf of a therapist to lift the … Read More How a Psychotherapist Deals With ‘Failing’ a Patient

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The Power of Journaling

There is a strong connection between mindfulness and wellness. Mindfulness is the act of calling the mind to attention in the present moment, focusing on what is happening in the now. This process involves switching from passively engaging with thoughts and actively observing and experiencing them. Journaling is a mindfulness activity with multiple benefits including processing experiences, increasing self-awareness, improving self-confidence, all of which … Read More The Power of Journaling

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How to Support Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

Social restriction due to the pandemic is already challenging for many, and can be even more isolating if a loved one tests positive for COVID. How can you support someone who has tested positive for COVID? 1.        Make a call. One of the easiest first steps to help someone connect is to reach out and call them to see how they’re doing. While sending … Read More How to Support Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID

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How to Deal With a Breakup the Empowered Way

Dealing with a breakup is difficult which can result in a resurgence of habits that take a toll on our mental health. Managing a breakup in an empowered way helps us to deal with hurt in a positive and productive way as opposed to taking the pain out on ourselves. Self-care is key. If your best friend called you and told you they broke … Read More How to Deal With a Breakup the Empowered Way

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Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

Kids are very intelligent and naturally curious. If you or someone in your family struggles with a mental illness, there is a good chance that your child has some understanding of what that means. It is important to have conversations about mental health with children early, as confusion, misunderstanding, and misinterpretation can cause them a significant amount of distress. For example, if a parent … Read More Talking to Kids About Mental Illness

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Emotional Support Animals for Mental Health

An emotional support animal is any animal that provides comfort by being with a person who needs them. These animals have not been trained to perform a specific task, which means that they are not synonymous with service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. While emotional support animals do not require specific training, they should be well-mannered in public. If they … Read More Emotional Support Animals for Mental Health