Mental Health

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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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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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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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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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