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What Are the Five Stages of Grief?

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What Are the Five Stages of Grief?

There are five stages of grief that are important to understand as you or your loved one heal through the grieving process. To learn more, call (858) 221-0344.

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Cyberbullying and Mental Health

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Cyberbullying and Mental Health

The increase in cyberbullying is due to the higher use of technology. It is important to talk to your child about cyberbullying and its effects. Call (858) 221-0344.

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The Effect of Loneliness

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The Effect of Loneliness

COVID-19 and quarantine has exacerbated individuals’ feelings of loneliness and even abandonment. To find ways to deal with loneliness, call (858) 221-0344.

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Celebrities with Mental Health Disorders

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Celebrities with Mental Health Disorders

Celebrities who have been open about their mental health diagnoses have helped humanize and de-stigmatize mental health disorders. Call (858) 221-0344.

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Positive Social Media Accounts to Follow

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Positive Social Media Accounts to Follow

Some social media sites can be negative. It is important to follow positive social media accounts that promote goodness, support, and kindness. Call (858) 221-0344.

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Inspirational Quotes For Stress and Depression

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Inspirational Quotes For Stress and Depression

For those of us dealing with stress or depression, it is important to have reminders to help us get through those difficult times. For more quotes, call (858) 221-0344.

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Ways to Rethink Stress

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Ways to Rethink Stress

Stress can be a positive experience if we can channel it to give us that extra push. But there is also negative stress. To learn more, contact us at (858) 221-0344.

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How Divorce Affects Children

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How Divorce Affects Children

Children's responses to divorce vary based on their age, gender, coping skills, and relationship with their parents. To learn more, call (858) 221-0344.

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Believe in Yourself: Words to Boost Self- Esteem

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Believe in Yourself: Words to Boost Self- Esteem

Self-esteem is what drives us to believe in ourselves. The confidence that we are worth something propels us to make healthy decisions, follow our dreams, reach our goals, and be a part of a healthy relationship. We thrive in our personal and professional lives when we are confident. A lack of confidence, or low self-esteem causes us to fall short of goals, have depression, or stay in abusive relationships. We want to avoid low self-esteem; unfortunately, outside factors influence our feelings.

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Tips to Help Avoid Relapse During Quarantine

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Tips to Help Avoid Relapse During Quarantine

Coronavirus and sheltering in place orders introduce new risks for those with addiction. Sheltering in place removes the safeguards taught in recovery. Isolation, anxiety, depression, and cravings can form the perfect storm for relapse while sheltering in place. The fear of an unknown and unseen virus that can kill induces feelings of loss of control and hopelessness.

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Understanding the Link Between Depression and Insomnia and How TMS Can Help

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Understanding the Link Between Depression and Insomnia and How TMS Can Help

Depression and insomnia are often related conditions. To better understand the link between depression and insomnia, let’s first examine each condition individually.

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What Is Psychiatric Medication Management?

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What Is Psychiatric Medication Management?

Psychiatric medication management, commonly referred to as psychopharmacology, helps people take a comprehensive and personalized approach to identify the right medications to address their mental health symptoms.

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Neurofeedback: How Optimizing Your Brain Can Help Treat Depression and Anxiety

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Neurofeedback: How Optimizing Your Brain Can Help Treat Depression and Anxiety

Neurofeedback, also referred to as electroencephalography (EEG) biofeedback, is a type of brainwave training used to teach the brain how to operate at its fullest capacity. Neurofeedback is sometimes mistaken as biofeedback; however, it is crucial to note the differences between biofeedback and neurofeedback.

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What Causes Panic Attacks and How to Manage Them

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What Causes Panic Attacks and How to Manage Them

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder linked to ongoing panic attacks. It is more common in women than men, and people may start to experience panic disorder symptoms at a young age. Panic disorder sometimes makes it tough for people to engage with family members and friends. In extreme cases, panic disorder prevents people from leaving their homes.If you or someone you know is dealing with panic attacks or panic disorder, help is available. In fact, if you can identify the root cause of a panic attack or panic disorder, you can treat the issue and discover ways to prevent it from getting out of hand.

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Types of Psychotherapy and How They Help Manage Depression

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Types of Psychotherapy and How They Help Manage Depression

Psychotherapy, also referred to as “talk therapy,” often helps people cope with grief, sadness, and various complex emotions. It may be completed on its own or in conjunction with medications or other therapies. Additionally, psychotherapy may be used to treat depression and other mental health disorders.

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Group vs. Individual Therapy — Find the One That’s Right for You

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Group vs. Individual Therapy — Find the One That’s Right for You

When seeking treatment for an addiction, it’s important to find the right kind of program that suits each person. Not everyone will respond the same way to all kinds of therapies, and each person will have their preferences. The most common decision that someone has to make when going through recovery is deciding between an individual therapy or a group therapy program. Each therapy offers its own benefits, and it will be up to each person to decide where they want to begin their newfound sobriety.

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The Scientific Side of Addiction

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The Scientific Side of Addiction

Studies on the scientific side of addiction are still relatively new. Since the 1930s, many have believed addiction to drugs or alcohol to be a moral failing of some sort. It was something that someone wholly chose to do by themselves, and they could stop at any point if they wanted to. While it is now known that this is not the case in any way, many depictions of people suffering from addiction are still framed through this kind of mentality.

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Benefits of Group Therapy for Treating Anxiety and Depression

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Benefits of Group Therapy for Treating Anxiety and Depression

All humans go through some type of struggle. It’s inevitable, and it defines our species. We are tribalistic at heart and consistently want to be understood. We also desire being surrounded by people who are like us. Group therapy is a modern-day tribe that provides protection, perspective, support, and acceptance for all. Being in an environment where you can talk about your struggles with peers who understand, provide advice, and give you a shoulder to cry on can be immensely helpful in your journey.‍

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Addressing the Physical Symptoms of Mental Health

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Addressing the Physical Symptoms of Mental Health

Seeking aid for someone’s struggles with anxiety, depression, or other mental health complications is a step in vulnerability and hope. Beginning therapy requires an open, introspective mind that is willing to challenge its own beliefs and past conditioning — all in hopes of adjusting a person’s way of thinking to give them a more positive future. However, addressing someone’s mind is often only part of the equation. We must also focus on the physical body and the symptoms present that are intricately connected with our mental health.

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Depression: Much More Than Sadness

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Depression: Much More Than Sadness

For someone who has not experienced a depressive episode, it can be difficult to understand what exactly depression feels like. Depression is often thought of as being excessively sad. But that simple definition is a disservice to the many different components of depression, a mental health condition that affects over 18 million adults — or one in 10 — every year.

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How Anxiety Breeds A Fearful Mindset

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How Anxiety Breeds A Fearful Mindset

Anxiety is an affliction that can control someone’s perception of the world around them. Feelings of high anxiety can take seemingly safe, innocuous situations and present them to a person with a dangerous, threatening spin. The fear that anxiety can instill in a person often shapes how they view and address the world around them, even when not in a panicked state.

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What to Expect in Your First Therapy Appointment

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What to Expect in Your First Therapy Appointment

Fear of the unknown can be debilitating. The concern about how others may pass judgment prevents many people from making appointments with therapists. Overcoming the anticipation of calling, making an appointment, and sitting down with a therapist is easier when you know what to expect in your first appointment.

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Telemedicine: How Technology Brings Therapy Home

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Telemedicine: How Technology Brings Therapy Home

COVID-19 changed the way health care providers care for patients. Many providers moved to telemedicine in order to still see their patients while protecting them from the virus. Telemedicine is a perfect way to safely and securely talk with your doctor about your healthcare needs. Accessing mental health services through a smartphone, tablet, or computer is easy.

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse: No One’s To Blame

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse: No One’s To Blame

Society doesn’t treat alcohol and substance users in the same way as cancer patients. There is a stigma associated with addiction. Often, people will blame the addict or demean the addict. Many people believe a person can stop drinking or using without treatment, perceiving an addict as being weak-willed, morally corrupt, and without significance. However, studies show that addiction is a disease.‍

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What Is An Eating Disorder?

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What Is An Eating Disorder?

An eating disorder is an illness that disrupts a person’s eating behaviors and can cause a person to become preoccupied with food, food intake, and/or their body weight. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate associated with any mental illness, and at least 30 million Americans deal with an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

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How to Best Keep Your New Year's Resolution When You Battle Depression

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How to Best Keep Your New Year's Resolution When You Battle Depression

The new year is fast approaching, and now may be a great time to start considering a New Year’s resolution for 2020. However, for those coping with depression, the stress, anxiety, and pressure that goes along with developing and keeping a New Year’s resolution often adds up quickly.

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4 Causes of Holiday Stress and How to Cope With It

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4 Causes of Holiday Stress and How to Cope With It

The holiday season is here — and so is the stress that impacts many people during the season.

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A Guide to Coping with Holiday Depression

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A Guide to Coping with Holiday Depression

The holiday season fosters excitement, joy, and other positive feelings. Yet for some people, holiday depression is a serious problem. If holiday depression is ignored and goes untreated, it can hinder your or a loved one’s ability to celebrate and enjoy the holidays.

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Educating Yourself About Seasonal Disorder

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Educating Yourself About Seasonal Disorder

Not all forms of depression are the same, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a unique form of mood disorder that takes place around the same time each year. To better understand SAD, let’s examine this type of depression and how it affects individuals at different times during the year.

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How to Handle an Eating Disorder

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How to Handle an Eating Disorder

In order to understand how to handle an eating disorder, it is important to first define what an eating disorder is and how it impacts a person’s life. Ultimately, an eating disorder disrupts your ability to eat, creating corresponding preoccupations about food intake and body appearance, affecting one’s thoughts and emotions to the point of interrupting daily activities and creating health problems. Millions of Americans have an eating disorder, which concerningly carries one of the highest mortality rates among all mental illnesses.

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How to Best Cope with Maternal Depression

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How to Best Cope with Maternal Depression

Maternal depression symptoms can impact the well-being of both women and their families. Research shows that maternal depression affects about one in nine women during pregnancy and up to one year after childbirth. This type of depression has a wide range of symptoms, including:

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Telemedicine: How Technology Brings Therapy Home
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August 7, 2020

Telemedicine: How Technology Brings Therapy Home

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COVID-19 changed the way health care providers care for patients. Many providers moved to telemedicine in order to still see their patients while protecting them from the virus. Telemedicine is a perfect way to safely and securely talk with your doctor about your healthcare needs. Accessing mental health services through a smartphone, tablet, or computer is easy.

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What Are the Five Stages of Grief?
September 29, 2020

What Are the Five Stages of Grief?

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Cyberbullying and Mental Health
September 27, 2020

Cyberbullying and Mental Health

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The Effect of Loneliness
September 23, 2020

The Effect of Loneliness

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Celebrities with Mental Health Disorders
September 20, 2020

Celebrities with Mental Health Disorders

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Positive Social Media Accounts to Follow
September 16, 2020

Positive Social Media Accounts to Follow

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Inspirational Quotes For Stress and Depression
September 13, 2020

Inspirational Quotes For Stress and Depression

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Ways to Rethink Stress
September 7, 2020

Ways to Rethink Stress

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How Divorce Affects Children
September 2, 2020

How Divorce Affects Children

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Tips to Help Avoid Relapse During Quarantine
August 20, 2020

Tips to Help Avoid Relapse During Quarantine

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Believe in Yourself: Words to Boost Self- Esteem
August 16, 2020

Believe in Yourself: Words to Boost Self- Esteem

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