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Best Ways to Handle Depression

By Sarah | December 17, 2021
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Best Ways to Handle Depression

Depression can affect children and teens just as much as it can affect adults. Depression can cause prolonged periods of sadness, fatigue and low motivation. It’s important to help children and teens learn healthy ways to take care of their mental health so they can cope with and manage depressive symptoms when they arise. Some…

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Best Ways to Deal With Anxiety

By Sarah | December 7, 2021
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Best Ways to Deal With Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural human reaction that involves the mind and the body. Anxiety can happen at any time and for any reason. Growing up and experiencing new things can feel overwhelming at times for many children and teens, but there are ways to find peace and manage anxious thoughts. The best ways to deal…

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Non-Suicidal vs. Suicidal Self-Harm

By Sarah | November 22, 2021
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Non-Suicidal vs. Suicidal Self-Harm

Differentiating the characteristics of non-suicidal and suicidal self-harm is crucial when you are concerned about a loved one. These behaviors represent significant health risks for adolescents. Parents and guardians should research the differences and learn methods to help their young children or teens who demonstrate these behaviors. Both behaviors cause physical harm to a person’s…

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DBT Around the Christmas Tree (and other Family Holiday Events)

By KatieHerzer | November 19, 2021
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While the holidays are some people’s favorite time of year, they can be extra stressful or even dreadful for others. Wherever you fall on the holiday cheer spectrum, when getting together with family members who do not see eye to eye, missing loved ones, or feeling societal pressures to have your experience be a certain…

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How to Practice Gratitude

By Katie | October 21, 2021
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The month of November is a time when many of us choose to reflect on the things in our lives that we are grateful for. What many don’t know however, is the impact that gratitude can have on our brains and bodies. Psychologists have defined gratitude as a positive emotional response that we perceive with…

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How Compassion Can Transform Our Lives

By Sarah | September 23, 2021
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By Eamonn Walsh LCSW Historically, the dominant view of the human species was that we were fundamentally driven by competition. Thomas Huxley saw human existence as a gladiators’ show in which “the strongest the swiftest, and the cleverest live to fight another day”. Building on this assumption of our selfish nature, scientists and philosophers have…

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Everything You Need to Know About DBT Certification

By Sarah | August 31, 2021
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Everything You Need to Know About DBT Certification

Therapists and others in the mental health services community collectively work to help people navigate through life. These professionals provide considerable care to patients and offer treatment that help change the lives of many. DBT, or dialectical behavior therapy, is a therapeutic modality beneficial for patients experiencing behavioral issues and difficulties with their emotions. DBT…

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Amy Rene & Christina Kennedy Talk Back-to-School Stress & Anxiety During the Pandemic

By Sarah | August 25, 2021
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WBS-TV – Christina Kennedy talks about her experience sending her daughter back to school during the pandemic and the anxiety her daughter felt being around a lot of people again. Practicing deep breathing and meditation has helped work through some of those challenges and has her daughter smiling again. Amy Rene also shares her experience…

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Why Do Individuals Self-Harm?

By Sarah | August 12, 2021
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Self-harm is a common behavior, particularly among young people. It’s estimated that approximately 18% of adolescents overall have harmed themselves intentionally. Females are at greatest risk of engaging in self-injury, with nearly 24% of female adolescents having self-harmed. Although any person can self-harm at any age, this behavior often begins during the pre-teen and teenage years, when…

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How to Deal with the Stress and Anxiety of Going Back to School

By Sarah | August 11, 2021
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Summer break and summer vacations were exciting, and now it is time to get ready for the new school year. Many parents are asking what can they do as the stress, anxiety, and depression from last school year has carried over for many children. The main stressors we are hearing about is anxiety around COVID-19…

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