Depression is a common but sometimes debilitating condition affecting millions every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 8.4% of adults in the United States, or 21 million people, experienced a major depressive episode in the last year.1 Depression is a serious mood disorder, although treatment can alleviate more serious symptoms. Are you
Social media started as a powerful tool to connect us with old classmates and distant relatives. Relationships that were next to impossible to maintain became as easy to keep up with as a few clicks and a couple dozen keystrokes. These interconnected, visual platforms were a far cry from the chain emails of the years
Why should you reconsider your relationship with stress and how can you incorporate social connections and healthy activities?
Where does the line between helping and enabling your loved one lie? It can be hard to tell when you have a parent, child, or friend trapped deep in the cycle of addiction. Watching them suffer at the hands of alcohol and substance abuse is an excruciating experience. No matter what you do it doesn’t
The new year feels like a natural time to look back on the past year and set goals for the upcoming one. You can consider what went well, what could have been better, and what adjustments you can make to make this year even better. However, reflecting on the past year can be a bit
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
As we recognize National Nutrition Month, we are focusing on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition and physical activity play a key role in our physical, emotional, and mental health, which is why at Lifeskills South Florida we use a holistic approach that offers individuals
We live in a world where life for many is played out on social media. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 3 billion people globally use social media to connect to others, access news and share information. In the US, young adults ages 18-29 use social media sites the most,
The fall and winter months can be some of the most stressful times of the year for many. Added holiday pressures can trigger heightened difficulties for those with depression, anxiety, and other disorders. For some, these months bring about seasonal depression that may not occur at other times of the year.
Depression affects nearly 1:6 people at some point in their lives. It is more than feeling sad or depressed, which is a normal reaction to loss or life’s struggles. When symptoms of depression become more intense and begin to affect daily functioning, it could be a sign of something more severe, such as a depressive
Although global suicide rates have declined nearly a third since 1990, they are on the rise in the United States. According to data released in June 2019 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US suicide rates are at their highest level since World War II. Rates have increased an average 1% a
Just over 44 million Americans adults currently have a mental illness according to the recently released State of Mental Health in America 2019. While this number is high, it is a slight decrease from the previous year. However, there has a been an alarming increase in suicidal ideation in adults (increased by over 200,000 from