Tips to Talking Mental Health with Your Teen / Child

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a mental illness, you know firsthand how the diagnosis can impact your life. Mental illness is not only challenging for adults to understand but children as well. With so many myths and misconceptions surrounding mental illness, it’s easy for young people to feel anxious and confused. With this in mind, here are some tips on how you can speak to your child about mental health. Be Open Your child is most likely noticing a change or difference in behavior from mom, dad, or another relative with mental illness. There is… Continue Reading This Article

Can a Dog Improve Your Mental Health?

There are a lot of great reasons to add a dog to your family. Maybe you want a buddy for outdoor activities, a playmate for your kids, or motivation to get more active. But have you ever considered getting a dog to help your mental health? Research shows that dogs can have a significant impact on our mental health. Don’t believe it? Here’s how a dog could boost your mental wellness. Dogs Don’t Judge While stigma surrounding mental illness is decreasing, it’s far from gone. It can be hard to get out when you’re struggling mentally — on top of… Continue Reading This Article

Why Someone Suffering From Depression Can’t Just ‘Get Over It’

When talking about depression, a lot of people forget that depression is an illness that requires proper attention and treatment. If you’re depressed, it can be incredibly frustrating to hear things like “Just get over it”, “You’re being really dramatic”, “You have to be strong”, “Learn to deal with it”, “Happiness is a choice”. You might start to think of things like ‘Why can’t I just get over it’? We can stop ourselves from doing destructive things like putting our hand in a fire, but when it comes to depression, it’s a bit difficult to just ‘stop’. There are a… Continue Reading This Article

5 Signs Your Teenager is Asking for Help

The teenage years can perhaps be best described as a time of physical, emotional and social tumult. Changes happen so rapidly in adolescence, that neither child nor parent really knows how to cope. Teenagers often become more detached from their family during this time. In fact, parents become less important in their teenager’s eyes, as their life outside the family develops. While this is a normal and healthy part of development, it is not an easy place for parents to be. They must be able to let go of their children while still recognizing the warning signs of adolescent depression…. Continue Reading This Article

Therapists Share Their Top Recommendations for Happiness

Without realizing it, most people seek therapy because they are unhappy with their lives.  They may be unhappy because their anxiety is causing them to lose sleep. They may be unhappy because they are fighting with their spouse on a regular basis.  When you meet with a counselor or therapist a common issue you will probably work on is how to find happiness in your life. Our team of therapists got together to share with you their top recommendations they make to clients on ways to find happiness. # 1 Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC Being happy means different things… Continue Reading This Article

6 Signs Your Teen May Be Depressed

As teens struggle through the tough transition period of childhood into young adulthood, it can be difficult to decipher a teen’s behavior. Are their out-of-control emotions and conduct a result of the natural process of adolescence, or is it something more serious? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2016 approximately 3.1 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 17 experienced at least one episode of major depression. Depression is a serious mood disorder that, if left untreated, can cause serious short and long-term mental and even physical health problems. Moreover, depression carries a high risk of… Continue Reading This Article

5 Suggestions for Coping with Grief at Work

The loss of a loved one is one of the most painful tragedies that humans suffer. The impact of this loss is usually crushing, and in the aftermath of loss, we often feel like we have no control over anything. Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s perfectly normal to detach yourself from your normal existence to grieve. Unfortunately, life has to go on, no matter how sad you feel. Returning to work while grieving is quite tough. You need to figure out how to be productive and deal with your colleagues who may start to act differently around… Continue Reading This Article

Coping With Grief Through Meditation

Dealing with grief is one of the most devastating things in life that we must unfortunately experience. The finality of losing someone we love can cause us to feel angry, anxious or depressed. When dealing with grief, it may feel like you can’t move forward, or you don’t know how you can continue living in a world without your loved one in it. To help deal with these intense and overwhelming emotions, turning to meditation can help. Meditation is a practice of calm and silence, where the frenetic thoughts and worries in your mind are quieted for a moment of… Continue Reading This Article

Treat Yourself: The Importance of Putting Yourself First & Self Care

If I asked whether you were the victim of childhood emotional neglect (CEN), would you know how to answer? Probably not. CEN is often misunderstood and therefore, misdiagnosed. Childhood emotional neglect means an individual was not provided the emotional support from parents and other adults that is required to grow up to be a confident person with a healthy self-esteem. Though a parent may never physically harm the child and provide them with food, healthcare, clothing and shelter, they may still emotionally neglect their child causing psychological harm. Symptoms of CEN In her book “Running on Empty: Overcome Your Childhood… Continue Reading This Article

Why Intimacy May Be the Key to a Longer Life

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but an orgasm a day works twice as well! Regular sex is the key to longevity. This contradicts a lot of advice about health. In traditional Indian culture, ejaculation was seen as a drain on men’s vitality. In French culture, an orgasm is called, ‘le petit mort’, ‘the little death’. Why would sex prolong life? There are several exciting explanations and here are some of the best. Sex improves the immune system – When you feel a cold coming on, have sex. Researchers in Wilkes University, Pennsylvania discovered that people who have sex frequently,… Continue Reading This Article