mental health

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Is Self-Harming Addictive?

Most of us are aware of the more common addictive substances and behaviors. Gambling, shopping, working, internet, or social media use, are just some examples of the various addictive behaviors prevalent in our society. But recent studies have shown that we can add another to that list: self-harm. How can the desire to harm oneself

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What Does It Feel Like Having OCD?

It isn’t always easy to understand a friend or family member with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many people with loved ones who have the condition wonder, “What does it feel like having OCD?” From the outside looking in, your loved one’s obsessions and compulsions don’t seem to make much sense. They also know their compulsions are illogical

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What is ERP for OCD?

You probably have a few things throughout your day you’re particular about. Maybe you like things arranged a certain way on your dresser, or you brush your teeth every day at the same time. Almost everyone has certain practices or routines that they feel attached to. Unfortunately, some people joke about their preferences, incorrectly claiming

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Does Cognitive Remediation Work for Schizophrenia?

Finding effective treatments for schizophrenia has been a major focus for the medical and psychiatric communities for decades. While chemically treating the condition has shown promise, pairing it with psychotherapies and consistent support has shown equal potential for helping patients. However, finding the treatment that puts them in the best position for their ongoing recovery

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How to Cope with Suicidal Ideation

The reality of suicide is a difficult conversation, but starting it is so important for prevention.  Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24.1 Suicide and suicidal ideation are often the result of untreated mental health conditions. Opening the door for dialogue is the

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How to Practice Radical Acceptance

Think about how many times you frown or smile every day. As different events occur and moods change seemingly every hour, the only constant in life is the present moment you live in. So why attach yourself to a mistake or situation you could’ve done better when there is the potential for better decisions every

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How to Get Rid of Negative Thinking

If you poll 100 people and ask them what they think their greatest enemy to their personal success is, most of them would say that it’s their own mind. Negative thinking and thought patterns can stop our progress before we even begin moving towards our goals. When the little voice in your head constantly tells

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What Are the Elements of Self-Care?

The concept of putting your oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs isn’t a practice reserved only for airplane emergencies. You can’t fill from an empty cup, either. Although they may sound like overused cliches at this point, that doesn’t make them any less true. Everyone understands the importance of self-care nowadays. A quick

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What Are the 6 Main Points of DBT?

Psychotherapy is crucial for helping individuals with mental health disorders. Since there is no effective one-size-fits-all approach for mental health treatment, different therapeutic modalities are necessary. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy is likely the most popular method for working with people who seek therapy. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is another popular form of psychotherapy. It

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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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Radical Acceptance in DBT

Mental health treatment is never a one-size-fits-all solution. The many different mental health disorders experienced by hundreds of thousands of people mean that no two cases are exactly alike. As a result, clinicians use a wide variety of psychotherapy approaches to work with a broad range of people and their experiences. Dialectical behavior therapy is

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Is Inpatient Treatment Available for Depression?

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

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Is Social Media Making Us Depressed?

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

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What Is Cognitive Remediation?

Cognitive impairment is a common symptom of mental illness. Many mental health conditions affect a person’s ability to think clearly or communicate clearly. These difficulties make it difficult to meet daily responsibilities, from work or school to personal relationships and home life. Improving cognitive functioning is a priority for all mental health treatment programs. Providing

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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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