Hillside Blog - Depression

Perfection: How to deal with the pressure to be perfect, avoid setting impossible standards

By Roy Chancey, LCSW, ACCFC / April 17, 2024

Perfectionism is a trap that we unwittingly set for ourselves. So, when does perfectionism become maladaptive? Ascribing to themes associated with inferiority, unworthiness, failure, and…

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Bringing Awareness To & Regulating Stress

By Justus Bowland Gleason / February 16, 2024

Stress is one of the great mysteries of the universe. With it, our days seem to last forever, and there is always something else to…

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Inside the Children’s Mental Health Crisis: Understanding Trigger Factors & What You Can Do

By Kimberly Young, DNP-ENL, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC / January 30, 2024

Children’s mental health has become an increasingly critical concern for parents and caregivers. Between social media, online content, and video games, a new era has…

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Radical Acceptance over the Holidays

By Eamonn Walsh, LCSW / November 16, 2023

“Pain in life is inevitable; suffering is optional.” Things often differ from how we think they should be or how we want them to be.…

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Perfection: How to deal with the pressure to be perfect

By Roy Chancey, LCSW, ACCFC / August 11, 2023

Perfectionism is a trap that we unwittingly set for ourselves. So, when does perfectionism become maladaptive?  Ascribing to themes associated with inferiority, unworthiness, failure and…

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Changing the Mental Health Landscape in Georgia

By Lara Muster, Clinical Intern / April 25, 2023

“If I had learned about my mental health earlier on—been taught about my condition in school the way I was taught about other subjects —…

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A man is sitting on the floor against a wall with his hands on his head and his elbows on his knees. He looks depressed.

Best Ways to Handle Depression

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / December 17, 2021

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.…

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Trees and a road in the woods are covered in snow, and there are tire tracks. Farther down the road it's sunny and brighter.

Does Winter Make You Depressed?

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / December 18, 2019

As the days get shorter, darker and colder, many of us experience a shift in mood that you might hear called “the winter blues.” You…

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child with toy suffering from depression

When to Seek Professional Help for Depression — Top Signs to Look For

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / February 12, 2018

Parents often feel distressed when their children are experiencing pain, whether it’s dealing with a skinned knee or a bully on the school bus. You want to fix it for them, but children must work through some issues on their own. When you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, you can’t ignore the problem and hope they resolve it on their own. When it comes to depression, your child may need professional help, and it could be up to you to get it for them.Continue Reading

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Major Depressive Disorder: How to Tell Them Apart

By Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC / December 6, 2017

Understanding your diagnosis is an important part of getting the right treatment. Anxiety and depression are two common mental illnesses that often co-occur, meaning that many people may suffer from both disorders! Continue Reading

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