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Healing PTSD: What to Know About the Challenges

Healing PTSD: What to Know About the Challenges

PTSD can be incredibly challenging to heal from. The recovery time can be long-lasting and debilitating. Not only can the symptoms of PTSD affect your mental health, but it can also affect your ability to work, form relationships, and impact your physical health, too. The key to posttraumatic stress disorder is minimizing your triggers and […]

Spotting Signs of PTSD in First Responders

Spotting Signs of PTSD in First Responders

When you think of a first responder like a firefighter, police officer, or ambulance driver, you first probably imagine their bravery and courage. As the first person on the scene of a traumatic event, first responders must provide support to victims, survivors, and all those involved in the event. However, being a first responder also […]

Are Loneliness and Trauma Linked?

Are Loneliness and Trauma Linked?

Loneliness is one of the leading causes of mental health conditions. While it is not a mental health condition in itself, it is a contributing factor to psychological issues. For instance, having a mental health condition can contribute to loneliness, and vice versa. When someone experiences loneliness, they may isolate themselves from others and society. […]

4 Tips to Recover from Financial Trauma

4 Tips to Recover from Financial Trauma

In this day and age, finances can be troublesome. You may be struggling to make ends meet, or you may find it difficult to manage your money, which can lead to some financial issues. It’s important to remember that many people are going through the same thing as you, and you could be struggling with […]

When You Bring the Battle Home

When You Bring the Battle Home

By Sharon Young, LCSW,Ph.D.   When you bring the battle home, challenges for OEF/OIF veterans.   BATTLEMIND, like many words embedded in Army linguistics, is an acronym.  Perhaps a little awkward, but clear and to the point.  The Battlemind acronym, developed at Walter Reed Medical Center, was part of the post-deployment briefing and was designed […]

Self Care: Why It’s So Important For Maternal Mental Health

Self Care: Why It’s So Important For Maternal Mental Health

Self-care can often feel like a buzzword these days with as much as it gets thrown around. While it’s a good thing that more people are taking it seriously, its popularity has also caused some confusion. Self-care doesn’t have to involve something expensive or luxurious. It also isn’t selfish. At its very core, self-care is […]

Did You Know: Hiking Is Great For Brain Health

Did You Know: Hiking Is Great For Brain Health

Most people know that hiking is an excellent form of exercise. It boosts your cardiovascular health, builds muscle, and can increase your stamina. But, did you know hiking is good for your brain, too? First, it’s important to point out that just about every type of exercise can benefit your brain. Studies have shown that exercising regularly […]

The Connection Between Sleep and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

The Connection Between Sleep and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

As a new parent, you probably expect that your sleep health will struggle at first. The old stereotypes about not getting any sleep with a newborn in a house are often true. But, a lack of sleep combined with a rapid shift in hormones can lead to the “baby blues” for some women, and more […]

Treating Substance Misuse Disorders with CBT

Treating Substance Misuse Disorders with CBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been around since the late 1940s, and it is an evidence-based treatment for addiction to drugs, alcohol, and other substances designed to help people change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and live a happy life in recovery. Ever wondered what CBT is? Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be the most effective treatment option […]

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder

Do you find yourself feeling down this time of year? Maybe you don’t feel like yourself. It’s hard to get out of bed, find the motivation to do things or even spend time with people you care about. You might even start to feel fatigued or have a sense of hopelessness. Have you felt that […]

How to Prepare For The Onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to Prepare For The Onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) impacts about 5% of adults in the U.S. It can cause symptoms like fatigue, hopelessness, social withdrawal, insomnia, and an inability to tolerate stress. Throughout the cold winter months, dealing with everything from changes in your sleep habits to loss of interest in things you typically enjoy can make things feel […]

7 Effective Coping Strategies for Managing Stress

7 Effective Coping Strategies for Managing Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. It’s impossible to avoid, and it doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. In fact, a little stress can be a good motivator, but so many people aren’t just dealing with a bit of stress each day. Unfortunately, too much stress has become the norm. Whether it’s your […]

How to Help Your Child Transition Back into School Post Pandemic

How to Help Your Child Transition Back into School Post Pandemic

School is just around the corner for most kids. While that typically means things like back-to-school shopping and getting supplies ready, there are some added things to think about this year. Last year, most schools across the country switched to virtual/remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some schools had their own online portals, and […]

5 Ways Positive Thinking Will Change Your Life

5 Ways Positive Thinking Will Change Your Life

You’ve probably heard of the “power of positive thinking” before. But it’s easy to ignore an idea that sounds too good to be true. After all, you can’t really change your life by just changing your outlook, right? Wrong. To see how impactful positive thinking is, you first have to look at your negative thinking. […]

Routine and Bipolar Disorder: Why it’s so Important

Routine and Bipolar Disorder: Why it’s so Important

Having structure and a regular routine is important for everyone. When it comes to your mental health, the way you structure your days is crucial. It helps to reduce stress and makes your life feel more comfortable. Having a routine can also give you stability and promote your overall well-being. For people with bipolar disorder, […]

3 Reasons Why Yoga is Great for Your Mental Health

3 Reasons Why Yoga is Great for Your Mental Health

Yoga has seen steady growth in popularity over the last few decades – and for plenty of good reasons! It’s a wonderful way to exercise. It helps to keep you active while being easy on your body and improving your flexibility. Yoga also helps people focus on their breathing and can even allow you to […]

Sleep for Mental Health: Why it’s Crucial

Sleep for Mental Health: Why it’s Crucial

Most people recognize that sleep is important. It helps to repair your muscles. It keeps your brain working properly. Simply put, it ensures that your mind and body are functioning the way they should. When it comes to mental health though, sleep is crucial. If you already have certain mental health conditions, a lack of […]

How Walking in Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health

How Walking in Nature Can Improve Your Mental Health

Most people know the physical benefits of walking and spending time doing things outside. It’s great for your cardiovascular health, your muscles, and bones. But, walking in nature also has many mental health benefits that you may not have realized before. It’s such a simple action, but it can make a big difference in how […]