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The Dos and Dont’s of Talking to Someone with a Mental Health Disorder

September 6th, 2019

There are many moments in life when we need to carefully consider our words (and the feelings) of others. Talking to someone struggling with a mental health disorder is one such moment. For many people living with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and other forms of mental illness, they often feel insecure about their […]

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How to Choose the Best Therapist

August 23rd, 2019

It’s common to acknowledge therapy could help you, but many people do not understand where to start. It’s not as easy as picking a name in a hat, you have to find a therapist that suits your needs. Many factors—cost/insurance, specialties, education, and personality—contribute to finding a good therapist. For starters, the first step is […]

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Ten Signs of a Mental Health Disorder You Cannot Ignore

July 31st, 2019

Mental illness wears many faces. It’s the mother struggling to smile and get out of bed most days. It’s the quiet, unassuming teenager sitting in the back of the classroom. It’s the homeless man on the corner of the street sleeping off a high. Some signs of a mental health disorder are apparent—but others are […]

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Can’t Forget? Forgive and Accept. Understanding the Benefits of Forgiveness.

July 12th, 2019

Anger, hatred, and regret are intangible emotions that can cause very tangible physical effects on your body. When harbored inside, they can become poisons that slowly eat away at your mental and physical health, your happiness, confidence, and willingness to trust and accept others. Fortunately, there is a powerful cure for the dangers of negative […]

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Dogs Are Good for Our Mental Health

June 9th, 2019

In addition to living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, owning a dog or being around dogs can also help with mental health and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that dogs can reduce stress and help with anxiety and depression. Additionally, due to the companionship aspect, dogs also lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation. […]

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The Difference Between Guilt and Shame

April 5th, 2019

The emotions of guilt and shame are often used interchangeable, however, these emotions are distinct. According to Psychology Today, guilt is “a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined”. Shame is “the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself […]

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Is there a link between obesity and depression?

March 15th, 2019

Studies have shown that obese people are about 25% more likely to experience a mood disorder such as depression compared with those who are not obese. Obesity can cause poor self-image, low self-esteem, and social isolation, which are all known contributors to depression. According to the CDC, 43% of adults with depression are obese. Furthermore, […]

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5 Benefits of Group Therapy for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

February 18th, 2019

Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy where one or more therapists work with a small group of individuals. Participants meet regularly to share their opinions or stories about their life challenges and successes. Sometimes, the clinician in charge can teach group members certain skills such as new behaviors, coping skills, or anger management. Other […]

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