Mental Health Blog 2017-10-25T19:34:59+00:00


Fighting the Stigma of Mental Health

1112, 2017

8 Ways to Make Your Blended Family a Success

8 Ways to Make Your Blended Family a Success Creating unity in a blended family can be difficult. There is emotional baggage, old habits, alliances, norms and expectations created by the previous family unit that could undermine the unity of the new family. If not aware of and prepared for these potential pitfalls, blending a new family may be less than successful. Everyone will have to be flexible and open to change since a new family and a new sense of normal is being created. Below are eight suggestions on how to make this process as [...]

612, 2017

What to do when Your Child Has an Eating Disorder

What to do when Your Child Has an Eating Disorder Many young people struggle with eating issues long before parents realize it. Parents may find out in a myriad of ways: they may catch favorite foods being thrown away, they may hear vomiting through the bathroom door after meals, they may notice appetites dwindle to almost nothing, they may watch their child eat an excessively large portion of food rapidly followed by remorse, they may watch clothes hang baggy where they should fit, they may watch health class assignments become an obsession, they may hear self-body [...]

412, 2017

The Basics of Depression

The Basics of Depression Today we’re gonna talk about: The Basics of Depression Dr. Jon Benson refers to depression as the “common cold of mental health.” In fact, 10% of the population is depressed at any given time. It’s estimated that 50% of cases go untreated. So what does this mean for you and those you love? If depression is left untreated it can lead to… Risky behaviors like drug and alcohol abuse. Ruined relationships, because it’s hard to cope with everyday stress. Problems at work, or job loss. Difficulty overcoming serious illnesses. Depression [...]

2911, 2017

5 Ways to Combat Online Bullying

5 Ways to Combat Online Bullying As a teen therapist, it's alarming how many teens, especially girls, come into my office with horrific stories about being bullied online. So many teens come in hurt, feeling powerless to stop the harassment and bullying they receive on social media. It has even driven some teens to commit suicide. The fact of the matter is, you aren't powerless, there are steps you can take to limit online bullying.   1. Don't respond: When someone says something mean or hurtful to us, our automatic reaction is to defend ourselves or [...]

2711, 2017

What Is Stigma And Why Should We Care?

What Is Stigma And Why Should We Care? Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person. According to the CDC stigmatization “sets the bearer apart from the rest of society, bringing with it feelings of shame and isolation.” Have you ever noticed the way that mental illness is portrayed in the media, in the church, or even in everyday conversation? I googled movies and mental illness and among the top ten movies were Psycho, Fight Club, and Shutter Island. Where are they getting their information, because [...]

2211, 2017

How to Work with Your Body to Calm Your Anxiety

Calming Down: How to Work with Your Body to Calm Your Anxiety In my last post, Coping with Stress and Anxiety, I discussed that the anxiety symptoms you are experiencing are largely driven by your body’s automatic responses to perceived dangers in your environment. This means that your brain is constantly scanning your world for signs of danger, and will pick up on little clues such as a facial expression, a smell, a room, that unconsciously trigger your body’s alarm systems. The alarm throws your body into “fight, flight, freeze” and your sympathetic nervous systems engages [...]



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