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ADHD
20
Oct

Overlooked Signs of Undiagnosed ADHD in Adults

ADHD is often easy to detect in children. Adults, however, can display subtler symptoms. As a result, many adults struggle with ADHD and may not realize that they have it. Many of their problems, including staying organized and being on time, can be attributed to ADHD. October is ADHD Awareness Month. Here are ten potential...
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bullying
12
Oct

Guiding Adolescents through Social Cruelty

Adolescents struggling to find a social place can hurt each other when they are insecure. As social cruelty behaviors become the norm, they can become more serious later in life. While this is not an attempt to suggest that all students in middle school will participate in, receive, or even witness bullying from peers, there...
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depression month
05
Oct

Research About Mental Health in Adolescents and Young Adults

Recent studies have shown that between 2009 and 2017, there were huge increases in mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and mood disorders in adolescents and young adults (Twenge et al., 2019). Major depression in those between the ages of 12-25 increased from 8 percent to over 13 percent in that time frame. Mental...
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media suicide prevention
21
Sep

Media Coverage and its effect on Suicide

There is nothing more devastating than suicide, but it can also fascinate some people. Each September, we recognize Suicide Awareness Month. Following the suicide of a celebrity or well-known person, there is typically a lot of media coverage, speculation, and gossip. Although it is understandable that suicide can be a topic that captures our attention,...
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suicide prevention
10
Sep

So, How Do We Talk About Suicide?

Suicide is hard to talk about. The subject is uncomfortable. This is in part due to stigmas, general discomfort, and cultural norms. It is painful to consider suicide or fear that a loved one is considering it – yet many are too afraid to bring up the topic because they don’t want those challenging emotions...
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addiction disability
01
Sep

Should Addiction be Considered a Disability?

In September, we recognize Addiction awareness month. Similar to being blind or deaf, addiction is often thought of as a disability. The question of if addiction should be considered a disease is still controversial even decades later when it was designated as such. Some experts argue that addiction should instead be classified as a dysfunction...
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20
Aug

Difficult Coworker? It might be the Dunning-Kruger Effect

We all know that one coworker who vastly overestimates their own abilities to impress their boss.  Did you know this phenomenon has a name? The Dunning-Kruger Effect (DKE) is a cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate their ability or knowledge in a certain area. This is usually because of a lack of self-awareness that...
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10
Aug

What are the Big 5 Personality Traits?

We each have our own personality traits that are unique to us. These personality differences can be broken down into five major traits. These traits are known as the Big 5. Each trait gives insight into how a person feels, thinks, and behaves. The Big 5 Personality traits are:  Openness to experience – Curiosity/Creative imagination...
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01
Aug

Breaking Mental Health Stigmas in Elite Athletics

Mental and physical health challenges affect everyone, including professional, elite, and Olympic athletes. When four-time champion female tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Roland-Garros French tennis competition due to depression in June 2021, the world was shocked. Pressure, media attention, and fines charged based on the tournament’s code of conduct caused Osaka to take...
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Child Bias
20
Jul

How Do Children Become Biased?

Nearly all parents in the United States want their children to see and treat others equally, no matter their ethnic background or race. Many believe that if they do not point out differences to their children that perhaps they will not notice race, hoping that they will treat all differences the same as characteristics like...
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dermatillomania
12
Jul

What are Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors?

While not commonly known as body-focused repetitive behaviors or BFRBs, you likely have known or may even be or have been a person experiencing this set of disorders. BFRBs are when self-grooming routines go haywire and may include pulling, picking, biting, or scraping one’s nails, skin, or hair. Some disorders categorized as BFRBs include onychophagia...
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therapy questions
02
Jul

Frequent Asked Questions About Starting Therapy

Your Most Frequently Asked Questions About Starting Therapy – Answered The signs that a person might benefit from therapy are not always apparent. Even people with no diagnosed mental health conditions or those with a strong support system may benefit from therapy at some point in their life. However, a person may not know when...
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children's well being
21
Jun

The Value of Free Play for Children’s Mental Wellbeing

Over the last decade, research has shown that unstructured free play has been rapidly declining despite the acknowledged benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged teachers and parents to see the benefits of unstructured play when schools were closed or virtual. Instead, there is often an emphasis on resume-building and more structured play. Extracurricular activities such...
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PTSD relationships
09
Jun

When PTSD Affects Your Relationship

For many with PTSD, life is exhausting and they are unable to enjoy things that used to bring happiness to their lives. PTSD is not something that can be turned on and off and affects most aspects of the sufferer’s life. In June we recognize PTSD awareness month. Even resilient people can suffer from PTSD,...
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PTSD Month
02
Jun

Dispelling 5 Common Myths About PTSD

In June, we recognize PTSD Awareness month. PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event that is either experienced or witnessed. Symptoms of PTSD may include nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, avoidance of situations, intrusive thoughts, depression, and more. There are many stigmas surrounding PTSD and there...
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mental-health-day
20
May

The Importance of Taking Mental Health Days

Each May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness month. An easy way to stay functional and recognize your own mental health is to take a Mental Health Day. If you’re on your third coffee by 10 am and feel like you’ve been through the ringer on a Tuesday, you might need a mental health day. While...
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
10
May

A Brief History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In May, we recognize Mental Health Month and are looking deeper into one of the forms of therapy we use in our practice. A common form of therapy today is called cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a relatively new treatment, with modern techniques that were not available until just a few short decades ago....
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Postnatal Depression
03
May

Overcoming Pre and Postnatal Depression During a Pandemic

May is National Maternal Depression Awareness Month; Women’s Health Month The last year has been challenging because of the pandemic, but even more so for pregnant women and their loved ones. May is National Maternal Depression Awareness and Women’s Health Month. Trying to stay emotionally healthy is important during pregnancy and the postpartum period, but...
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12
Apr

How Parents Can Encourage Leaving the Nest

If you’re an adult with older children who are ready to start their careers, you might be anxiously awaiting the day your child decides to finally move out. But what if they don’t seem to be in a hurry? Or what if you are letting them live at home after a pandemic layoff, but they...
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02
Apr

Five Great Things About Having Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Awareness Month | April 2 – Autism Awareness Day Each April, we recognize Autism Awareness Month and Autism Awareness Day on April 2. While individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, previously categorized as Asperger’s syndrome) can face difficulties such as trying to fit in, relationship issues, or increased vulnerability, there are benefits to...
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World Bipolar Day
29
Mar

Bipolar Disorder & Borderline Personality Disorder: What are the Differences?

March 30 – World Bipolar Day Diagnosing mental illnesses can be challenging as there is usually no way to physically measure or run lab tests that can help determine one diagnosis from another. Helping an individual find the best treatment options for their unique condition also poses a challenge. Mental health professionals depend on symptoms...
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Self harm addiction
09
Mar

Understanding Why People Self-Injure

In the month of March, we observe Self-harm Awareness month and observed Self-Injury Awareness Day on March 1st. Studies show that self-harm is much more common than you might think. Nearly one in five individuals will deliberately injure themselves during their lifetime.  On average, cutting typically begins during the teenage years, often between the ages...
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01
Mar

What the Research Tells Us about Diet and Depression

March: American National Nutrition Month Depression remains one of the largest health issues in the United States, affecting millions of Americans. The economic burden of depression has been estimated to reach nearly $200 billion annually, sometimes leading to disability in adults and children. Estimated to cause severe impairments in nearly 10 million Americans, depression rates...
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eating disorders
22
Feb

Fighting Eating Disorders During a Pandemic

From February 23 to March 1, we recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a triple threat to those suffering from eating disorders. Fear regarding health and food combined with social isolation can have a large impact on recovery. Stay-at-home orders, economic uncertainty, and stress relating to the pandemic only add...
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random acts of kindness
15
Feb

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness During a Pandemic

February 17th, 2021 marks National Random Acts of Kindness Day. Never before has random acts of kindness been so necessary due to the mental toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on all of us. During uncertain times, kindness helps us come together to create hope, support, and a sense of community. Kindness has the added...
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distrust, dishonesty
02
Feb

The 3 Most Toxic Dynamics in a Relationship

Several factors exist that conflict with a loving long-term relationship or marriage. Distrust, disrespect, and disinterest are relationship killers that slowly break the bond between two people. Over time, these three factors could potentially cause a break-up or divorce. Distrust Doubting the reliability or honesty of your partner is what it means to distrust them....
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new year new start
21
Jan

Setting New Year’s Resolutions During a Pandemic

After everything that has happened, it is difficult to envision where you’ll be in January 2021. From social distancing to working from home, asking ourselves where we envision ourselves in the New Year may seem like a hopeless endeavour. Yet with all the changes 2020 has brought us, it is still valuable to set aside...
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mental health toolkit
13
Jan

Creating Your Mental Health Toolkit

We all have those days where we wake up and want to throw the covers back over our head. Facing another overwhelming day seems like just too much. Maybe you shuffle to the kitchen and make a pot of coffee because you didn’t sleep well. You skip breakfast because you overslept and start work in...
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04
Jan

Using Therapeutic Writing for Your Mental Health

For many, writing helps them deal with their emotions in a safe, controlled space. Handling a global pandemic has been a stress-inducing experience, so it’s not surprising that many people are struggling with their mental health. A recent poll found that nearly half of Americans felt that their mental health was being affected negatively by...
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21
Dec

Holiday Stress and Depression During a Pandemic

Depression and stress can ruin the holidays and our health, even when there isn’t a global pandemic. By planning ahead, setting realistic expectations, and seeking support, you can minimize stress and depression this holiday season. The holidays bring an array of demands from shopping to cooking, to entertaining. While visitors may not be as big...
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11
Dec

How to Help Children Understand Serious Illness and Death

If a family member or other loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness or is dying, it can be challenging to come to terms with what is happening. It can be even more difficult when children are close to your loved one. Even during these hard times, being honest and open with children is...
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02
Dec

How to Manage Pandemic Fatigue

The globe has been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for months and the spread of the virus is still rising in many parts of the world. As the pandemic continues, many are getting tired of taking precautions to safeguard themselves and others. Prior to 2020, most cultures were not used to wearing face masks in...
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20
Nov

Celebrating the Holidays in the Midst of COVID-19

Holidays, special events, and celebrations have changed dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the first time many have been left with empty chairs at family gatherings because loved ones cannot or are not willing to attend family celebrations. With no end in sight, many traditions and religious events have been canceled...
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13
Nov

Luck, Superstitions, and Your Mental Health

Do you feel lucky or unlucky around St. Patrick’s Day? Typically connected with religious practices or pagan beliefs, superstitions are commonplace in our society. Rather than being rooted in facts or logic, superstitions coincide with cultural traditions or simple coincidences. Superstitions allow people to feel more in control of their lives, which is why even...
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09
Nov

Making Working from Home Work for Your Mental Health

If COVID-19 has caused you to transition to working from home, you’ve likely had to modify your traditional workday in many ways. When responsibilities from work and home collide, it can cause great amounts of stress, not to mention the pandemic itself! We’ve collected some advice on reducing stress, staying productive, and managing your mental...
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03
Nov

Caring for Caregivers

November is National Caregivers Awareness Month. It is no secret that caregivers of family members give a lot. They may spend countless hours talking on the phone to physicians, nurses, therapists, or health insurance agencies. Many spend so much time in classes or doing research they could be honorary-degree holders. They drive their loved ones...
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22
Oct

What to Do When Pandemic Anxiety Affects Your Behavior

If you’ve been more anxious than usual, you’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased anxiety and panic for many. To avoid the cascading effects, there are are few useful things you can try to help yourself lessen the symptoms.  Acknowledge that almost everyone is scared or uncertain The pandemic has most individuals worrying about...
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14
Oct

A Path for Healing from PTSD

Survivors of trauma experience a profound impact on their mind, body, and spirit. After suffering trauma, individuals can feel unsafe in a way that is beyond a way of thinking into a more complex, sensory level of discomfort throughout the body. Trauma can cause feelings of being disconnected, either from life before, people who didn’t...
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Acknowledging Our Grief During COVID-19
05
Oct

Acknowledging Our Grief During COVID-19

As we transition into Fall, we still find ourselves in times of uncertainty. Each week brings us close to the day our communities will fully reopen, but it’s hard to know what that will look like and when. If any theme exists within this public health crisis, it is most likely to be uncertainty. If...
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17
Sep

Minimizing Suicide Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September is Suicide Awareness month. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into the remainder of the year, the pandemic may begin to have more long-term effects on those who struggle with mental health conditions. Preventing suicide in vulnerable populations is important during this time. There is evidence that deaths attributed to suicide increased during the 1918-19...
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10
Sep

Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery During COVID-19

September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought on a unique set of challenges. During the pandemic, it is normal to feel vulnerable and anxious about the unknowns. We look to each other to...
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healthy-habits
03
Sep

Improve Your Brain Health By Adjusting These Modern Habits

When we think about our health, usually we think about nourishing our bodies, not our brains. Our daily habits influence our cognitive health. As use of technology during our daily lives, particularly with changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are changing our technology habits at a rapid pace. Using technology during our day can...
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kids-masks
24
Aug

Tackling Face Mask Anxiety with Children

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many children have experienced anxiety, sadness, and stress. Playgrounds and parks have been closed, we’re staying distant from friends and family, and stores are closed. While these changes have affected us all, one of the most visible changes is people wearing masks or face shields. For children, the sight of someone...
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couples working from home
12
Aug

Managing Working from Home as a Couple

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges to most individuals. A new challenge for many is working at home with their partner. Millions of couples are now working from home together. It can be difficult to acclimate to spending the entire day with each other and getting adjusted to another person’s working style. If this...
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06
Aug

Navigating Back to School During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to our daily lives, especially for children. With last school year being cut short, a return to school this Fall either in-person, remote, or as a hybrid will be welcome and exciting for most students. However, with the drastic changes that are probable with any scenario, other children may...
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summer break 2020
14
Jul

School’s Out: Managing Your Kids at Home During the COVID-19 Summer Break

Schools across the nation closed early this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaving millions of children to complete their school year remotely. Parents learned quickly about structure, homeschooling, schedules, and how to talk about the pandemic to their children. Now we are well into summer break and most kids are home with no school...
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OB-GYN during Covid-19
06
Jul

Managing a Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s okay not to be okay. Remaining calm, positive, and hopeful during the past few months might’ve been incredibly challenging. While you can’t change what is going on in the world, you can choose to focus on your mindset, mood, and anxiety levels. While it is important...
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02
Jul

Lisa Zubal-Falinsk offers a grounding technique to manage anxiety.

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Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
01
Jul

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In July, we acknowledge Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, we’ve seen discussions of experiences of racism and the detrimental impact it has on equitable access to resources such as housing, healthcare, and education. However, we don’t often see the impact racism has on mental health. Experiences of racism have negative effects on the...
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Covid-19 apps
26
Jun

Apps to Help You Cope with COVID-19

As we navigate our new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology can be a tremendous blessing for keeping us connected, entertained, and even allowing some of us to work remotely. During the past few months, many apps have made adjustments to their prices or offering to help us cope with the pandemic and practice safe...
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