Behavioral Health Blog

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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Is your partner drinking too much? Here’s what to do.

As the anxiety, frustration, and boredom of lockdown continues, at-home alcohol consumption is on the rise. It’s reported that sales of alcohol grew 55% over the past month, and many are struggling with keeping their drinking in check. But what if your spouse or partner is the one indulging a little too much? We may all have similar feelings, but our reactions are different,…

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Five Signs Your Lockdown Drinking May be a Problem

People tend to drink more during stressful times, so it’s not surprising to see an increase in alcohol consumption during the Coronavirus pandemic. Changes in daily routine and fears about health can cause anxiety and loneliness, and having an extra cocktail or two may seem harmless while ordered to stay at home. Be careful of this slippery slope, however, because an increase in alcohol…

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My child was diagnosed with Autism. Now what?

An autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis can be intimidating. The amount of information and advice is overwhelming, but there's no reason to be frightened as you find a treatment plan that suits your child. Here are some things to keep in mind as you research ASD: stay present & accept the diagnosis Enjoy your kid’s special quirks, celebrate small successes, and stop comparing your…

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Do you Have Undiagnosed Autism?

Many people with high-functioning autism go undiagnosed until adulthood. Those within the autism spectrum may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from others, and it’s rare for two people to have the same symptoms with the same severity. Below are some common traits associated with the autism spectrum. Communication struggles You have trouble reading social cuesParticipating in conversation is difficultYou…

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Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine

New York psychologist Dr. Eileen Feliciano shared many helpful tips on how to cope with COVID-19. She states, "I can’t control a lot of what is going on right now, but I can contribute this." Here's her advice, in her own wise words: Stick to a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes…

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How to Thrive with Anxiety

Over 40 million people in the U.S. are living with anxiety disorders today. Being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder can be unnerving. Yet being diagnosed can be your first step in the right direction. Professional basketball player, Royce White, has been vocal about his experience living with anxiety. White encourages people to seek help. In Men’s Journal, White was quoted, “Being able to level…

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Talking to your Children about Coronavirus

There’s no doubt COVID-19 is a serious health concern. With 24/7 news coverage, shut downs, and social distancing recommendations, it’s difficult not to fall into a trap of paranoia while taking precautions to stay healthy. Even more daunting is how to remain calm and alert while helping children manage their fears about coronavirus. Below are some tips on how to approach the COVID-19 topic…

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The Dawn of Spring in the Age of the Coronavirus

It seems so long since the burgeoning excitement for springtime swept through Illinois. The relief of longer and sunnier days has quickly given way to immense anxiety in this age of Coronavirus. Folks are fearing for their health and safety as their outlets and escapes simultaneously become eliminated. With an understandable focus on physiological symptoms, many of us are finding our resolve and mental…

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What is Strength-Based Therapy?

Strength-based therapy focuses on your natural strengths rather than your shortcomings or perceived failures. The goal is to implement a positive mindset that helps you build your best qualities and shift into a more optimistic worldview. This powerful “switch-around” of the human mind and its ways of thinking can help you maintain focus on what’s going well and reevaluate your expectations on yourself and…

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