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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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Understanding Alcoholism During Alcohol Awareness Month

Each April marks Alcohol Awareness Month, a campaign to spread the truth about those trapped in the grips of alcohol abuse. Alcohol Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD encourages communities and organizations to put on events that raise public awareness and educate people on the prevention

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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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Thriving in a Digital World: The Impact of Devices

There’s no returning to a world free from constant digital distractions. People walking down the street, their gaze glued to the screen of their smartphone, would have looked absurd two decades ago. Today it’s almost more surprising to see someone going about their day without their phone in their hand. The COVID-19 pandemic escalated everyone’s

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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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Is there a connection between social media and mental health?

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,

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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 do I have seasonal depression?

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.

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Suicide is on the rise. Is mental illness to blame?

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

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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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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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