Behavioral Health Blog

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The Link Between Teen Depression and Addiction

Being a teenager is hard. Depression is also hard. But to simultaneously navigate depression and the challenges of being a teen can spiral from hard to overwhelming, and many teenagers turn to drug use to cope with painful feelings if their depression isn’t effectively recognized and treated. As a parent, your love, guidance, and awareness can help your child get the help needed to…

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What Does Psychology Have to Do With Weight Loss?

New year. New goals. A fresh start. We often start a new year inspired with goals to practice healthy habits and lose weight. Yet how often have your diet plans felt sabotaged? You start a diet and exercise program that you can’t maintain, or you lose weight and get discouraged when you gain the weight back again? It’s easy to end up feeling defeated…

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Self-Forgiveness. The New Year’s Resolution you didn’t know you needed (but you do)

Every parent that walks into my office asks a variant of the same question: “My child is working on getting well. I would like to know how to help them, can you teach me how to better help them with [insert issue]? More importantly, I didn’t catch it soon enough, and I know I am to blame, so how do I fix it?” No.…

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Why Substance Abuse Counseling is Effective

Substance abuse can be devastating. Anyone suffering from substance abuse or who loves someone suffering from substance abuse would agree. At least one in ten people in America suffer from substance abuse. That's more than 20 million people – not including those who are directly or indirectly affected by their disease. Substance abuse can be devastating because it affects every area of life. Substance…

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5 Ways to Remember a Loved One: Grief During the Holidays

The holiday season arrives with memories of family, friends, good food, traditions, and generous giving. No wonder it’s called “the most wonderful time of the year.” But when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can magnify your loss. The same holiday decorating, music, and traditions that used to bring you so much joy become a source of pain as they…

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5 Psychological Benefits of Gratitude

In America, we often think about gratitude more as Thanksgiving approaches, but Emmons, the leading scientific expert in gratitude, teaches about gratitude as a lifestyle. His research consistently reveals that gratitude improves all aspects of our health: physically, socially, and psychologically. People who cultivate gratitude into their lifestyles have stronger immune systems, so they are less physically sick. They also sleep better and tend…

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The power of giving thanks all year round

November is a month people often reflect on what they are grateful for. Grateful for the fall weather, the delicious food, and the joy of seeing all the family around the table. Gratitude though is an action that can be incredibly impactful to one’s well-being and should harnessed all year round. Research found fostering gratitude can improve levels of happiness along with improved physical…

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Navigating Parenting Challenges & How to Refocus

Your two toddlers are mesmerized with an episode of Daniel Tiger, so you step out of the room for 60 seconds to pick up your baby from her nap. What could go wrong in 60 seconds? You return and find your three-year-old has discovered that yogurt squeazies are an art form, and your living room was his canvas. You’re frustrated when you see the…

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Don’t be Afraid to Share your Opinion

What has become truly fascinating to me is the number of people who simply don't want to share their opinion or say the truth to another person. The amount of self-censorship that most people put on themselves for no real reason, is incredible to me. The responses that I hear from many individuals is that they are either don't want to offend someone, they…

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