Dealing with Grief at the Holidays

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, right? Unfortunately, that is not true for everyone. Grief is a common but complicated emotion that can appear during the holiday season. It encompasses a wide range of feelings including denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Grief is not just experienced at the death of

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Ideas to Help Manage Stress

Wednesday November 4th is recognized as National Stress Awareness Day. This day of awareness gives everyone an opportunity to take a close look at things that may be causing stress. Unmanaged stress can become chronic stress and lead to serious health consequences such as increased blood pressure, a suppressed immune system, and an increase in

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Being Grateful Is Good for Mind and Body

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and the theme of the holiday is all about gratitude. So much so that November is also labeled National Gratitude Month. This year, it feels extraordinarily difficult to express gratitude, even for just the holiday, but taking the time to list what we are thankful or joyous for is extremely important

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Understanding OCD

It’s not just ADHD Awareness Month (hyperlink with blog link for ADHD blog), October is also home to OCD Awareness Week. The second full week of October is acknowledged every year as OCD Awareness Week. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by recurring or unwanted thoughts that drive individuals to do something repetitively.

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ADHD Awareness: What It Is and What It Isn’t

October is a well-known awareness month for many social causes, but did you know it is ADHD Awareness Month? Affecting both children and adults, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most diagnosed mental disorders. There are many warning signs that there might be an issue with ADHD including difficulty paying attention, being

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How to Decide if Your Mental-Health Professional is “The One”

Finding the right counselor or therapist can feel a lot like dating. It requires time, energy, and self-awareness. For some, it can be uncomfortable sharing the intimate details of your life with someone you don’t know. Others have a more idyllic vision of their relationship with their professional. Most simply want someone who understands them,

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National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week runs September 6th through 12th this year and encompasses National Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th. This day provides a crucial opportunity to acknowledge those that are suffering with this aspect of their mental health.   Suicide is not just a medical or mental health issue, but a complicated mix of

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National Women’s Equality Day

The first women’s rights convention was held in Seneca Falls, NY in July of 1848. The convention was held over two days with 300 people in attendance. This peaceful social, religious, and civil rights movement laid the foundation of the women’s suffrage movement and, eventually, for the creation of the 19th amendment.   Nearly a

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Tips for Finding the Right Counselor

Whether you are new to the idea of mental health therapy or just looking for a new counselor, you want to find someone you trust and feel comfortable with. Along with the important considerations of credentials and experience, certain traits are good indicators that your therapist will be an effective advisor. Listed below are five

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Are You Faking Happiness? You Could Be Depressed.

There are many signs of depression that can be easily missed, especially by those that are already in the throes of depression. One of the major symptoms of depression is being plagued by the feeling that your happiness is insincere. This can happen even if it’s not true. You may genuinely feel happy but keep

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