Behavioral Health Blog

Back to School in the Pandemic

Get ready for a new school year and a new way of learning. This year brings us to uncharted territory and an ever-changing pandemic, so it's important to focus on helping your family adjust to new routines. Here are some tips: Help your kids adapt The back-to-school season is exciting, and your kids may be experiencing a wide range of emotions. This can include…

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Coping Strategies During Times of Change

2020 is a year of change for everyone. As soon as you get used one thing, things change again, and the sense of uncertainty is stressful even without fear of the virus itself. If you’re feeling uneasy about the unknown or worried about how you’re going to balance it all, here are some tips to cope: Acknowledge Change & Give up Control Don’t fight…

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Feeling Anxious? Don’t Lose Hope, Get Help!

With more uncertainty about what the future holds, anxiety is at an all-time high. It can creep up on you in many ways, and the effects can be debilitating. The good news is anxiety can be managed with the help of a mental health professional, so don’t lose hope. Recognizing the symptoms is the first step. Symptoms of Anxiety Anxiety disorders are characterized by…

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Make the Most of Telehealth

Telehealth is changing the way healthcare is delivered. Whether you’re limiting public areas or just want to save travel time, virtual therapy or psychiatry appointments are a convenient option. With HIPAA secure Telehealth, you get the same quality face-to-face service via your phone, tablet or computer. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your Telehealth session: Before your Telehealth appointment Make…

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Help! My Teen Has No Motivation.

Low energy. Boredom. Only interested in electronics. Motivating teens can be a struggle in the best of times, and restrictions and social distancing make things worse. It may just be a phase, but you're concerned. What's a parent to do? Here’s some insight: Everyone is motivated Everyone is motivated, but some teens are less motivated than others or motivated by different things. If your…

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Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

Pain, rapid heartbeat, dizziness…you’re not feeling well, and you don’t know why. You try and remain calm, but it’s difficult to relax when Dr. Google suggests the worst possible cause of your distress. Is your health in serious trouble, or could it just be anxiety? While you shouldn’t rule out a medical problem, be aware that anxiety has very real effects on your physical…

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Tips to Build Emotional Resilience in Kids

Like adults, kids experience stress. From bullying to divorce to changes in routine, all children need to be capable of working through challenges. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, or even failure. It’s a skill that’s developed, and you can help your kids build resilience in the face of obstacles with these tips: Spend time with your kids Spend quality…

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Is Your Child Lonely?

Whether you have an only child or a kid that depends on the outside world for peers with their interests, navigating the pandemic can be especially challenging. While the situation is temporary, the lack of school, sports, and group activities may lead your child to boredom, anxiety, and isolation. Here are steps to take if you’re concerned that your child is lonely: Make time…

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Talking to Your Kids About Race

As society continues to confront the complex realities of racism, it’s important to talk about race with your children. Without adult guidance, kids may develop biased attitudes from exposure to negative racial stereotypes, disparities, and segregation. Here are some ways you can introduce racism and teach your children to be inclusive and just: Start Early Children notice differences across racial lines, but noticing differences…

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Can Coronavirus Anxiety Cause Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

As we head toward easing stay-home orders, it’s normal to be concerned about keeping you and your family healthy. This new way of life brought awareness to handwashing, disinfecting surfaces, distancing, and more. Those things are important, but how do you know the difference between being cautious and being compulsive? Here are some points to consider if you’re concerned about OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)…

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