Anxiety Disorders

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Does Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Work for Anxiety?

Treatments for anxiety are constantly being studied and developed. New clinical approaches focus on long-term ways of helping individuals with anxiety decrease their unproductive thoughts and behaviors as well as control their overwhelming emotions. One of these approaches — dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) — has elicited positive results and responses, but what is DBT? And

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When Should I Seek Inpatient Treatment for Anxiety?

If you are struggling or have ever struggled with anxiety, you know how difficult it can be to deal with the short and long-term health effects. Anxiety can put extreme stress on your body and make it tough to engage in basic life activities. If low-level mental health care isn’t working, it might be time

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Anxiety Disorders: Affecting Americans By the Millions

Everyone feels nervous or uneasy from time to time. It’s common to experience some restlessness the night before a big presentation at work or to get a bit fidgety on your way to a first date. These feelings of anxiety are a normal reaction to stress and are a natural, expected part of life. They

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind

By: Denise Etherton, M.A., LPC, Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships, Lifeskills South Florida Do you ever feel like your brain is full of clutter and you can’t find things when you need them? School, work, family, mental illnesses, pets, food, exercise, friends, and now COVID-19…all these pieces of life litter our brain if we don’t clean or

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Using DBT’s Four Main Skills to Prevent Self-Injury

March 1st has been known as Self-Injury Awareness Day within the mental health community for the last 20 years. Every year, this global event does the important work of raising awareness for self-injury. Though it’s an isolating coping mechanism, it’s a struggle shared by millions of people around the world. Self-injury, more commonly known as

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Managing Anxiety During Family Gatherings

Holidays are an exciting time of year, bringing people together to celebrate after months apart. It is a time of connection, tradition, and joy. Even under the current circumstances, some families can gather for smaller celebrations with one another. For some people, meeting with family isn’t as much a source of excitement as it is

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5 Ways Being Thankful Impacts Your Mental Health

The beginning of November marks a shift in the year into the season of gratitude and thankfulness. The holiday season is here and that usually means a time to gather with friends and family for meals and celebrations. It’s also the time where you start reflecting on the year, everything that’s happened, and all that

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June: Celebrating Pride!

by Amanda Bassos, M.S.Regional Clinical Outreach Director, Lifeskills South Florida Celebrate pride. Celebrate community. Celebrate you! Pride Month is a beautiful picture of strength with displays of a large community that bans together and unities with a core belief. Pride Month within the LGBTQ+ Community is a beautiful picture of strength. This is a community

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Coronavirus & Mental Health

With just over 92,000 US deaths reported, more and more Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the toll of COVID-19 is having on their mental health. As people across the globe are trying to cope with the new norm of isolation and social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus, many are feeling

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Stress

How does stress affect us?

Do you ever think about the symptoms that are associated with stress and how they may be affecting your body and your behavior? For most of us, the answer is no. But when we have that chronic headache or insomnia or lack of appetite, it could be because of our stress.

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Do I have an anxiety disorder?

Feeling anxious or stressed is part of everyday life, however, when your anxious feelings start to interfere with daily functioning it could be something more serious. Rather than being a normal, anxiousness that leads you to feel frightened, distressed, or uneasy for no reason could be symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Left untreated, an anxiety

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How can I enjoy the holiday season?

With an endless list of things to do and places to go during the holiday season, we often feel increased levels of anxiety and stress. But is it all in our heads? Well, some of it is. According to a study by Harvard Medical School, the holiday season requires a greater level of responsibility and

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Why are Millennials depressed?

Just over 7% of US adults have had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. While this number is high, what is even more surprising is that the number of Millennial’s suffering from depression is on the rise.

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How can alcohol make anxiety worse?

Anxiety is a relatively common symptom of increased alcohol use, and for people who are prone to bouts of anxiety, it can exacerbate symptoms and impair functioning.  Everyday anxiety over stressful situations can be normal, but when anxiety becomes too intense and prolonged it can become a problem. Individuals with an anxiety disorder will often

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What are the most common mental health disorders?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 43.8 million adults experience a mental illness in a given year. Mental illness is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that can vary from no impairment to mild, moderate, or severe. A serious mental illness results in functional impairment and interferes with or

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How do I cope with my holiday anxiety?

The holidays are full of merriment, family, and food, but for many it can also be a time of increased anxiety. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed to by the balancing act of a packed calendar and everyday responsibilities. Learning healthy coping mechanisms during the holidays can increase our resiliency and protect us in

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Do I have PTSD?

It is normal to feel stress, anger, and depression after a traumatic event, such as the recent one in Pittsburgh.  After such an event, some people may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some, PTSD symptoms may begin later, or may come and go over time. Of those who experience a traumatic event in their

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Let’s Talk About Suicide

The recent deaths of designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain have brought suicide and mental illness to the forefront once again. These celebrity deaths are part of a trend showing that suicide rates are on the rise across the globe.  Annually, suicides account for nearly one million deaths globally, and U.S. suicide rates have

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