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Talk Therapy is the Key to Strengthening Dysfunctional Families
  ·  2020-12-16

Everyone has mental health just life physical health. Therefore, mental health can dip on occasion just like we can catch a cold or a flu physically. Just as everyone is capable of developing a chronic illness, the same is true for mental illnesses as well.

When one of the two parties in a couple is struggling with a mental illness, it can create friction and cracks within the foundation of the relationship. Seeking professional talk therapy and couples counseling can help fill these cracks that have formed and help prevent new cracks from emerging. Not only will this create a space to have an open dialogue, partner to partner, about the effects of the mental health struggles that are impacting the relationship, but it also allows for the observance and input of an unbiased in ...



 

The Growing Prevalence and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders
  ·  2020-12-17

There is ever growing evidence that substance abuse disorders are an increasing struggle for many among us in today’s society. There are many factors that contribute to one’s ability to develop a substance abuse problem. These factors range from genetic, to underlying mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety, PTSD, and even an attention deficit disorder, among others. It has also been observed that there are growing numbers of depressed or anxious emotions among many individuals, specifically teens and young adults.

Positively, our society is always growing, evolving and changing for the better. Technology improves along with medical science and medical treatments. However, with these positive improvements come negative outward effects. These result in easier ...



 

How EMDR is the Key to Treating Trauma
  ·  2020-12-17

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. At first glance this may seem like an unorthodox approach to mental health treatments, however, many studies show positive results from this form of treatment. To put it simply, during EMDR therapy, a patient relives traumatic memories in small doses while a therapist directs their eye movements. The brain does not process traumatic memories the same way it processes all other memories. These traumatic events are integrated into the brain in a splintered manner.

EMDR is believed to be so beneficial because reliving a traumatic event is supposedly easier to do when your attention is constantly being redirected. This distraction also leads to incomplete retrieval of the full traumatic memory. The traumatic memory is ...



 

How Mindfulness and Gratitude are Combating Depression and Anxiety
  ·  2020-12-17

In today’s society, there is a lot of casual talk about depression and anxiety. Many flippant jokes are made in the media about these difficult emotions and mental illnesses, which can lead to a lack of understanding about how these struggles truly affect one’s day to day life.

Depressive and anxiety disorders are much more than simply feeling sad or nervous. These struggles penetrate someone’s life much deeper than a normal emotional fluctuation. Someone with depression cannot find joy in anything in their lives and may find it nearly impossible to get themselves out of bed, or to shower, or cook themselves meals. Someone with anxiety will negatively spiral and panic at the sheer thought of doing something wrong or needing to do a simple errand like going to ...



 

Employee Assistance Programs
  ·  2021-01-15

What is an EAP and How Can It Be Used?

According to Wikipedia, an EAP or Employee Assistance Program is “an employee benefit program that assists employees with personal problems and/or work-related problems that may impact their job performance, health, mental and emotional well-being.” Meaning, a company will provide their employees with an EAP to support any personal or professional struggles in a confident manner, to maintain healthy productivity in the workforce.

It is no secret that the past year has been difficult for most of those out there within their finances, careers, and personal lives. Many people are struggling to adapt to new forms of work such as remote work from home, sharing office spaces with those they live with, along with balancing ...



 

The Mind - Body Connection
  ·  2021-01-26

Why BioFeedback is Important?

Research and discussions around the mind body connection are growing in popularity everyday. Mental health and physical health are completely intertwined and when one is off balance the other follows suit. When someone is struggling with a mental health, figuring out what their physical body needs is incredibly important.

What is BioFeedback?

BioFeedback, boiled down is the process with which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the sole purpose of improving mental, physical, and emotional health. Similar to physical therapy, BioFeedback requires physical participation and regular practice. Biofeedback helps patients learn to control what were previously believed to be involuntarily and uncontrollable processes. ...



 

Battling Your Inner Critic
  ·  2021-01-26

Self compassion leads to self love

Many of us have heard someone say, “we are our own worst critic.” While this phrase is repeated in our society until it feels as though it loses meaning, it still rings true. That little voice that resides in the darkest corners of our minds exists within all of us. No one is immune to this aspect of the human condition. However, the difference between people who seem to not have this voice at all versus those who are ruled by it is self compassion.

We live in a society that defines self worth by productivity and perfectionism despite the fact that human beings are not infallible. Mistakes are a natural part of life despite the high standards society has set. When that little voice pipes up telling you that you fell shor ...



 

Social Anxiety and Social Phobia
  ·  2021-01-28

You might not be “just a little shy”

We hear the terms anxiety and social anxiety thrown around a lot these days. People more commonly refer to their anxiety head on through phrases such as “that activity gave me anxiety” or “I was feeling really anxious last week.” Many people also may hear form others “you’re so quiet!” or even, “you’re just really shy. You need to come out of your shell.” While everyone has anxiety and can feel their own personal level of shyness, it can be difficult to figure out when your specific anxiety levels tip over into the danger zone.

There are a few different types of anxiety disorders someone can struggle with. One of the more common anxiety disorders is GAD or Gen ...



 

Anger and Effective Ways to Manage It
  ·  2021-02-01

We all have those moments where we’re seeing red.  Maybe it’s because our partner said something rude, or perhaps it was someone that cut us off in traffic.  Whatever the cause, anger is totally normal, common emotion.  However, managing it can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are someone who is angry a lot.  So, allow us to lend you a helping hand by helping you get an in-depth understanding of anger and how to best manage it for your own health and safety, as well as those around you.

Understand that anger is a valid emotion

            First and foremost, let’s get something out there right away: your anger matters.  Your emotional reaction is totally legitim ...



 

The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 is the Real Pandemic
  ·  2020-11-28

Fear, anger, stress and anxiety are just a few of the harrowing emotions that flooded the public back in March when we truly understood the severity of the Covid crisis. Many worked hard to turn these lemons into lemonade as they optimistically waited for this to pass us by in the following months. Now, nearing the end of the year, the virus seems to be nowhere near a place of improvement, continuing to encourage social distancing and isolation techniques to slow the spread. The techniques used to slow the spread of the contagious COVID- 19 virus, however, are spreading another invisible pandemic, a drastic decline in mental health.

A common misconception is that mental health and mental illness are the same thing. The fact of the matter is, that while not everyone has a menta ...



 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 101
  ·  2021-02-06

There are a lot of conditions out there that impact both children and adults alike.  One of the popular ones, becoming more and more prominent with each year, is ADHD.  This is admittedly a very complex brain and behavior condition and there is no known cure for it.  However, as more information becomes known, treatments and therapies are also becoming more widespread and common.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder that causes those who live with it to struggle with focus, concentration, and other “normal” day to day activities.  This impacts both the brain as well as behaviors, but everyone's a little different as far as what they struggle with and why.



 

Top Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day
  ·  2021-02-14

There’s a lot of pressure around Valentine’s Day.  Whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, there’s just a lot of pressure around celebrating the holiday “right”.  There’s some sort of myth that couples have to be romantic and smitten on this special February day, and that those who are single, regardless of the reason, have to be miserable and embarrassed as everyone else around them celebrates.  But, is that really what it’s about?

The truth about Valentine’s Day

            There are so many fantastic ways that you can celebrate this holiday, regardless of your relationship status.  In fact, it can be one of the best things that ...


Social Anxiety and Social Phobia
  ·  2021-01-28

You might not be “just a little shy”

We hear the terms anxiety and social anxiety thrown around a lot these days. People more commonly refer to their anxiety head on through phrases such as “that activity gave me anxiety” or “I was feeling really anxious last week.” Many people also may hear form others “you’re so quiet!” or even, “you’re just really shy. You need to come out of your shell.” While everyone has anxiety and can feel their own personal level of shyness, it can be difficult to figure out when your specific anxiety levels tip over into the danger zone.

There are a few different types of anxiety disorders someone can struggle with. One of the more common anxiety disorders is GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder is shown through worry about everyday tasks and being unable to reel in average, everyday stresses. More or less, those who struggle with generalized anxiety s ...


The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 is the Real Pandemic
  ·  2020-11-28

Fear, anger, stress and anxiety are just a few of the harrowing emotions that flooded the public back in March when we truly understood the severity of the Covid crisis. Many worked hard to turn these lemons into lemonade as they optimistically waited for this to pass us by in the following months. Now, nearing the end of the year, the virus seems to be nowhere near a place of improvement, continuing to encourage social distancing and isolation techniques to slow the spread. The techniques used to slow the spread of the contagious COVID- 19 virus, however, are spreading another invisible pandemic, a drastic decline in mental health.

A common misconception is that mental health and mental illness are the same thing. The fact of the matter is, that while not everyone has a mental illness, every single person on this planet does have mental health. If we all have varying levels of physical health, then it makes even more sense that we all have varying levels of mental health. ...


Talk Therapy is the Key to Strengthening Dysfunctional Families
  ·  2020-12-16

Everyone has mental health just life physical health. Therefore, mental health can dip on occasion just like we can catch a cold or a flu physically. Just as everyone is capable of developing a chronic illness, the same is true for mental illnesses as well.

When one of the two parties in a couple is struggling with a mental illness, it can create friction and cracks within the foundation of the relationship. Seeking professional talk therapy and couples counseling can help fill these cracks that have formed and help prevent new cracks from emerging. Not only will this create a space to have an open dialogue, partner to partner, about the effects of the mental health struggles that are impacting the relationship, but it also allows for the observance and input of an unbiased individual.

Counseling is a critical tool in stabilizing families struggling with dysfunctional behaviors that arise when a parental figure is suffering from a mental illness. When a parent is ...


Battling Your Inner Critic
  ·  2021-01-26

Self compassion leads to self love

Many of us have heard someone say, “we are our own worst critic.” While this phrase is repeated in our society until it feels as though it loses meaning, it still rings true. That little voice that resides in the darkest corners of our minds exists within all of us. No one is immune to this aspect of the human condition. However, the difference between people who seem to not have this voice at all versus those who are ruled by it is self compassion.

We live in a society that defines self worth by productivity and perfectionism despite the fact that human beings are not infallible. Mistakes are a natural part of life despite the high standards society has set. When that little voice pipes up telling you that you fell short, you should have done better, you suck, and that you should just give up, you do have the power to ignore it and even silence it. Having compassion for yourself and the inevitable mistakes you make ...


Top Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day
  ·  2021-02-14

There’s a lot of pressure around Valentine’s Day.  Whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not, there’s just a lot of pressure around celebrating the holiday “right”.  There’s some sort of myth that couples have to be romantic and smitten on this special February day, and that those who are single, regardless of the reason, have to be miserable and embarrassed as everyone else around them celebrates.  But, is that really what it’s about?

The truth about Valentine’s Day

            There are so many fantastic ways that you can celebrate this holiday, regardless of your relationship status.  In fact, it can be one of the best things that you can do for your mental health because it’s the perfect holiday to practice self-care in a totally personalized way.

          &nb ...


Employee Assistance Programs
  ·  2021-01-15

What is an EAP and How Can It Be Used?

According to Wikipedia, an EAP or Employee Assistance Program is “an employee benefit program that assists employees with personal problems and/or work-related problems that may impact their job performance, health, mental and emotional well-being.” Meaning, a company will provide their employees with an EAP to support any personal or professional struggles in a confident manner, to maintain healthy productivity in the workforce.

It is no secret that the past year has been difficult for most of those out there within their finances, careers, and personal lives. Many people are struggling to adapt to new forms of work such as remote work from home, sharing office spaces with those they live with, along with balancing work and home schooling their children. These transitions for many companies and their employees have been less than easy. Offering employee’s an employee assistance program that they can utiliz ...


How EMDR is the Key to Treating Trauma
  ·  2020-12-17

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. At first glance this may seem like an unorthodox approach to mental health treatments, however, many studies show positive results from this form of treatment. To put it simply, during EMDR therapy, a patient relives traumatic memories in small doses while a therapist directs their eye movements. The brain does not process traumatic memories the same way it processes all other memories. These traumatic events are integrated into the brain in a splintered manner.

EMDR is believed to be so beneficial because reliving a traumatic event is supposedly easier to do when your attention is constantly being redirected. This distraction also leads to incomplete retrieval of the full traumatic memory. The traumatic memory is then restored into the brain as a blurry memory making it less vivid and difficult to recall in the future. Think of this treatment as a way of removing the mental and emotional blockages that prevent ...


Anger and Effective Ways to Manage It
  ·  2021-02-01

We all have those moments where we’re seeing red.  Maybe it’s because our partner said something rude, or perhaps it was someone that cut us off in traffic.  Whatever the cause, anger is totally normal, common emotion.  However, managing it can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are someone who is angry a lot.  So, allow us to lend you a helping hand by helping you get an in-depth understanding of anger and how to best manage it for your own health and safety, as well as those around you.

Understand that anger is a valid emotion

            First and foremost, let’s get something out there right away: your anger matters.  Your emotional reaction is totally legitimate and you have a right to feel your anger.  However, acting on it with your first reactions (often yelling or throwing) is not an effective reaction.  The anger is fine, it’s the rea ...


The Mind - Body Connection
  ·  2021-01-26

Why BioFeedback is Important?

Research and discussions around the mind body connection are growing in popularity everyday. Mental health and physical health are completely intertwined and when one is off balance the other follows suit. When someone is struggling with a mental health, figuring out what their physical body needs is incredibly important.

What is BioFeedback?

BioFeedback, boiled down is the process with which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the sole purpose of improving mental, physical, and emotional health. Similar to physical therapy, BioFeedback requires physical participation and regular practice. Biofeedback helps patients learn to control what were previously believed to be involuntarily and uncontrollable processes. There are seven different types of biofeedback such as Electromyograph (EMG), Temperature Control, Electrodermal (EDR), Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Respiration, and Electroencephalographic (EEG.) The ...


The Growing Prevalence and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders
  ·  2020-12-17

There is ever growing evidence that substance abuse disorders are an increasing struggle for many among us in today’s society. There are many factors that contribute to one’s ability to develop a substance abuse problem. These factors range from genetic, to underlying mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety, PTSD, and even an attention deficit disorder, among others. It has also been observed that there are growing numbers of depressed or anxious emotions among many individuals, specifically teens and young adults.

Positively, our society is always growing, evolving and changing for the better. Technology improves along with medical science and medical treatments. However, with these positive improvements come negative outward effects. These result in easier access to addictive substances through prescriptions and increased mental health struggles due to isolation induced by the overuse of technology.

Simply the act of recognizing a substance a ...


How Mindfulness and Gratitude are Combating Depression and Anxiety
  ·  2020-12-17

In today’s society, there is a lot of casual talk about depression and anxiety. Many flippant jokes are made in the media about these difficult emotions and mental illnesses, which can lead to a lack of understanding about how these struggles truly affect one’s day to day life.

Depressive and anxiety disorders are much more than simply feeling sad or nervous. These struggles penetrate someone’s life much deeper than a normal emotional fluctuation. Someone with depression cannot find joy in anything in their lives and may find it nearly impossible to get themselves out of bed, or to shower, or cook themselves meals. Someone with anxiety will negatively spiral and panic at the sheer thought of doing something wrong or needing to do a simple errand like going to the store. These mental illnesses make completing simple daily tasks next to impossible for those affected. However, there is hope and it is possible to receive treatment that works.

Psycho ...


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 101
  ·  2021-02-06

There are a lot of conditions out there that impact both children and adults alike.  One of the popular ones, becoming more and more prominent with each year, is ADHD.  This is admittedly a very complex brain and behavior condition and there is no known cure for it.  However, as more information becomes known, treatments and therapies are also becoming more widespread and common.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder that causes those who live with it to struggle with focus, concentration, and other “normal” day to day activities.  This impacts both the brain as well as behaviors, but everyone's a little different as far as what they struggle with and why.

How does ADHD affect people?

            The best way to understand ADHD, whether it is in children or in adults, is ...