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Posted on May 8, 2019 in Mental Health Awareness, News, Psychological Testing, Therapy, Virtual Therapy

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health issues are very common; 1 in 5 people will experience some kind of mental illness in their lifetime. It is estimated that only 50% of people with mental illnesses receive treatment. Some of these conditions include anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health Awareness Month was started 70 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions. Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being; mental illnesses are common and treatable. Mental Illness Myths Myth: Mental illnesses are a sign of weakness Fact: Mental illnesses do are not a reflection of strength or weakness. Mental illnesses are medical disorders that need treatment. Several factors, such as genetics, brain chemistry, life experiences, trauma and family history can play a role in mental health. Myth: A mental illness is a life sentence Fact: Mental health changes over your lifetime. Many factors can change how a person feels. With treatment, some problems may be temporary. A good therapist or counselor can help you navigate the road to...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in Counseling, Divorce, Family, News, Relationships, Therapy

Getting Over the Pain of a Divorce or Breakup

A divorce or breakup is a defining moment in a person’s life. For many, it is a nasty affair that is full of pain and suffering. The loss of a mate can be devastating. The first year, you may be full of rage, intense sorrow or anger and nothing seems to help. Please know that your life does not end because you are getting a divorce or you are going through a breakup. Here are some tips to help you cope with the grief. There is no ‘process’ for grieving The grief coming from a divorce or a breakup is not linear. To put it simply, there is no clear three or four step phase that you must pass through (like shock, denial, rage and acceptance) to get over the pain. A divorce or a breakup is chaotic and the stages can change from one moment to another. Some people expect that they will go through these phases and when it doesn’t happen, they start thinking that something must...

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Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Children, Counseling, Family, News, Sexual Abuse, Toddlers

Recognizing the Signs and Helping Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a subject that is discussed the least when talking about abuse among children. Physical and emotional abuse are talked about the most. Child sexual abuse is often brushed under the carpet by most parents and families. It has very low rates of reporting and even lower rates of counseling and treatment. But it is probably the worst kind of abuse a child can go through, mainly because most are too young to understand what is happening, and are too scared of the pain and threats to speak up. Signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children This is the first and most important step in helping sexually abused kids. They might not be able to speak up and tell you what is happening. But there will be enough signs, their way of showing something is wrong and asking for help, if you look close enough. Depression, anxiety or excessive unexplained aggressiveness. Sudden fear of certain people or places. Bed-wetting, thumb-sucking and other such regressive behavior among...

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Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Anger, Bullying, Children, News, Parenting

Eight Signs Your Child is Being Bullied

Bullying can be a traumatic experience for children. If your child has been behaving differently, chances are that he or she is being bullied. Though you would like your children to be forthright about it, you should understand that they may mostly be embarrassed or scared to talk about it. As a parent, it is your responsibility to look for signs of distress in your child’s behavior and act on them.   Here are a few red flags that you should be aware of and look out for: Avoiding school If your child pretends to be sick every day in hopes of getting to stay at home, she is probably being bullied at school. It is normal for children to fake illness once in a while to avoid going to the school, but if the habit seems persistent then there might be an underlying reason for it. A lot of kids facing bullying lie to their parents about school activities getting canceled, so that they do not have to...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Anger, Children, Counseling, Depression, Family, News, Therapy

Could Your Child Be Depressed?

The majority of people think depression affects only adults. Maybe you have a child at home who is suffering from depression and you might have passed it off it as bad mood, stress from school or simply attributed their mood to general growing up. Just as parents take care of the physical well being of their children, it is also important to be aware of their emotional and mental health. About depression Depression is a mental illness that affects our moods and in turn, our moods affect the way we act and react. When we are in a bad mood, we experience a feeling of irritability, hopelessness, anger, numbness or all of those combined. When such a state lingers for a prolonged time, it can be identified as a depression. Recognize the signs of depression in children In defense of parents or adult caretakers, it is not easy to recognize signs of depression in kids or teens. They go through many physical changes that affect their moods on a...

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