behavioral health

Why Do People Self-Harm?

Self-harm is a difficult topic for many people to understand and discuss. It may not make sense from the outside looking in. But self-harm is a serious, progressive, and potentially fatal struggle for those who struggle with the behavior. Research shows that an estimated 4% of adults and 15% of teenagers in the United States

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What is Passive Suicidal Ideation?

Suicide is death that occurs when someone injures themselves with the intent to die. It is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 45,000 people every year. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone loses their life to suicide every 11

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CBT vs. Cognitive Therapy: What’s The Difference?

If you’ve considered starting therapy but are overwhelmed by all the different types, you’re not alone. While having various types of therapy helps individuals receive the quality of care they need, it can also be confusing and difficult for people to find the right type of treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and cognitive therapy are

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7 Tips to Manage Your Sleep in Mental Health Recovery

Be honest – how many hours of sleep do you get per night? Experts recommend you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Do your regular sleeping habits land you anywhere near that number? Plenty of people believe they get that much sleep but scrolling through your phone while lying in bed

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New Ways to Manage Your Depression in the New Year

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

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4 Reasons to Seek Treatment During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of happiness and good cheer for many people, bringing friends and families together for celebrations throughout the season. Excitement and joy are at an all-time high as people reflect on their gratitude for the past year and look forward with hope for the year ahead. At the same time, the

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How Mental Illness Affects the Whole Family

Although mental health awareness is becoming more common in the United States, that doesn’t make it easier to be someone living with it day-to-day. Conditions like depression, anxiety and/or panic disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia, amongst others make it more difficult to manage daily life. Many people often forget that mental illness affects

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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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Recovery Month: A Time for Celebration and Hope

It’s easy to feel hopeless and defeated when you’ve struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years. The addiction cycle keeps many people trapped for months, years, and even decades. One report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that 10% of U.S. adults have drug use disorder at some point during their life. The

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Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

By: David Greenfield, PhD, MS, LMFT | Technology Addiction A New Normal Americans have not yet processed how to deal with the smartphone’s ever-presence in daily living. We are only now beginning to address the intrusion these digital devices can create in our public and personal spaces and are starting to develop social norms on

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COVID-19 Sends Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocketing

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an incredible number of unpredictable circumstances and situations. From increased time spent at home as a result of such factors including job loss, children and young adults being home from school or college, and businesses of all kinds closing, the pandemic created unexpected situations for everyone around the world.

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Minorities & Mental Health Treatment: Recognizing the Gaps

Mental illness knows no boundaries. It does not discriminate. There is no single picture of what mental illness looks like; anyone can experience mental health struggles no matter who they are or where they come from in life. Conditions affect people of all ages, genders, races, economic statuses, backgrounds, and identities. Although mental illness affects

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Secondary Trauma: Absorbing the Pain of Your Loved One

Experiencing a traumatic event is enough to leave anyone shaken but sometimes that shaken feeling sticks around. It develops into a condition called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), something that most people today are aware of. Whether they understand the true impact that PTSD can have, they recognize that it’s oftentimes a debilitating condition. But what

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