Managing Wedding Stress

As spring approaches, as does wedding season. Wedding planning can be one of the most challenging and stressful things that a pre-marital couple experiences. Dr. Julie Peterson, a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator and Licensed Clinical Psychologist at LifeStance Health Clinical Services, understands how differing views and opinions are inevitable when wedding planning just as they are in marriages. Dr. Peterson advises PREPARE/ENRICH’s five helpful strategies…

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How to Determine if My Child Has Autism

“How do I know if my child has autism?” If this is a question that has been plaguing your mind, it is likely that you have already seen concerning developmental delays. Whether pointed out by a loved one or observed on your own, it can be difficult to determine what these signs mean for your child. Understanding these signs and symptoms can help you…

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Typical Doctor Autism Screening vs. ADOS Testing

As a parent, there is no way to prepare for the words “autism spectrum disorder” when used to describe your child’s behavior. Whether it’s the concern of a teacher or a trusted pediatrician, it’s important to understand what an autism diagnosis could mean for your child. One of the most important steps is to learn the difference between a typical autism screening performed by…

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Pomp, Circumstance, Then What? The Reality of Transitioning to College

You have been thinking about this day for years. The moment when you walk across the stage to that age-old tune, get your diploma and are officially done with high school. This is it. The four years walking the same halls, seeing the same teachers, and spending time with familiar faces is over. There are mixed emotions that go along with this day- happiness,…

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Top 3 Reasons People Why People Avoid Family Counseling

Conflict is inevitable, even in the healthiest families. In times of struggle, counseling can provide families with a safe environment to express feelings, learn communication skills, and build stronger connections. While family counseling offers so many benefits, some families face obstacles that can ultimately prevent them from seeking help. Here are the top three reasons why families avoid counseling. Reason #1: “Family counseling doesn’t…

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Understanding Teen Therapy Options

For some teenagers, adolescence is a whirlwind of emotions. This can be an equally confusing time for parents who wonder what happened to their previously happy child. If your teenager is going through a difficult time, you may have questions about how best to help. But how do you know if your teen is experiencing typical teenage angst or a serious mental health concern?…

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Evaluating Your Children for ADHD

With the growing number of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnoses each year, many parents want to know if their children are exhibiting symptoms of ADHD, or if they are simply showing normal childhood behavior. ADHD affects approximately 8% of children between 6 -17 years of age and is one for the commonly diagnosed mental health conditions in the United States. As a parent,…

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Let’s Talk About A Fresh Perspective

As Chicago rolls into March, so too does the promise of Spring and warmer, sunnier days ahead. Yet as with any transition, it is not always easy to break away from the Winter blues. Some folks are bracing themselves for a new season without a loved one. Others are battling through depression, anxiety, and a myriad of health scares. In the current culture and…

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Could My Habits be Symptoms of OCD?

Each of us have idiosyncratic behaviors integrated into our daily routines, but these behaviors typically are not time consuming, generally, do not get in the way of our everyday lives, and do not cause clinically significant distress or impairment. For some people, these actions have crossed over from normal functioning to maladaptive and restrictive behaviors. The term OCD is often thrown around in casual…

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ADHD Counseling Options

When considering treatment for ADHD, many people believe medication is the only option. While medication is certainly a popular treatment method for ADHD, it is only one part of a larger equation. If you are stuck in a rut with your medication or are looking for an alternative approach, it may be time to consider counseling options for ADHD. Thinking Outside the Box Most…

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