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The Struggle, The Stigma

Recognizing that you have a mental health disorder can be difficult to accept. It’s a whole new part of life that you have to navigate, and a challenge that some people will never have to face. Medications, therapy, the feeling of being alone, and battles inside your brain. But perhaps the most difficult part of having a mental health condition for many...[ read more ]

4 Facts to Know About Teenage Mental Health

Adolescence can be both an exciting and challenging time. There are many significant physical, behavioral, and psychological changes that adolescents experience during this stage. Teenagers experience a wide variety of emotions on a daily basis and many teenagers may feel that they are on an emotional roller coaster. They may feel overwhelmed by changes around them and struggle to cope...[ read more ]

It’s Not Good Enough: What is Perfectionism?

What is Perfectionism? Many individuals perceive perfectionism as attempting to “be perfect” or acting in a “perfect way”. Perfectionism is defined as striving for unrelenting high standards for self or for others, basing our self-worth on the ability to strive and achieve these high standards, as well as persevering these high standards despite what it may be costing you. These...[ read more ]

Rumination

What is Rumination? Most people can relate to something getting stuck in their head and thinking about it for longer than they'd like; a thought, a song, an idea.... When it's a song, we call it an ear worm, and for the most part it's a pleasant experience. When it's a thought, particularly a distressing negative one, it's a far...[ read more ]

Anxiety in Teens: How You Can Help

Teenage anxiety is on the rise. A study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that almost 32 percent of teens have an anxiety-based disorder. In terms of gender breakdown, 38% of female adolescents and 26% of male adolescents have an anxiety disorder.  Causes  There are various causes of anxiety in teens. As humans, we are vulnerable to...[ read more ]

A Quick Guide to Understanding Your Child Better

Children need to be nurtured, loved, and experience positive regard to develop to their full potential. As a parent, it is important to make a conscious and intentional effort to connect with your child in order to both understand them and help them grow. When you understand your child; his/her verbal and non-verbal communication style, interests, strengths, and areas of...[ read more ]

Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Diagnosis and Treatment

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders, occurring in 3.1% of the U.S. population in any given year. It can occur at any age; however, the onset is most often during childhood to middle age. A person with GAD worries uncontrollably about common occurrences and situations. GAD can interfere with daily activities. Everyone feels anxious;...[ read more ]

Kids and OCD: The Role of Parents in Treatment

About half a million children in the U.S. have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As parents play an integral role in their child’s life, their involvement is essential in their child’s OCD treatment. Parent involvement in the treatment process is key in helping children overcome their anxieties and build confidence in their ability to cope with fears. Exposure & Response Prevention Therapy...[ read more ]

Practicing Gratitude: A Skill to Help During the Holidays

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie 2020 has already brought immense strain and stress on many individuals and families. Not only are we dealing with COVID-19, but the holidays...[ read more ]

How to Tell a Therapist Your Intrusive Thoughts

A study estimates that around 2-3 million adults in the U.S. have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Many people living with OCD find it difficult to open up and talk openly during therapy. Many individuals struggling with OCD hesitate to disclose the nature of their intrusive thoughts due to shame, guilt, and/or the belief that they are the only individuals who...[ read more ]