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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the theme of this year’s message is “Back to Basics.”  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, millions of Americans were dealing with mental health conditions.  While generally, there has been an increase in cases...

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Does Marijuana Help or Harm Your Mental Health?

Does Marijuana Help or Harm Your Mental Health?

With the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana on the rise across the country, psychologists and scientists are speaking up about its effects on mental health. Does marijuana help ease anxiety and depression? The effect of marijuana on anxiety and depression...

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Using EMDR Therapy to Process Trauma

Using EMDR Therapy to Process Trauma

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a type of psychotherapy that was originally developed to help relieve the distress and anxiety associated with traumatic memories.  It is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder...

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Coping with Racial Injustice in America

Coping with Racial Injustice in America

America has long been polarized by systemic and cultural racism, since being built on a foundation of slavery and racial injustice. In the centuries that followed America’s origin, great movements, activists and leaders for civil rights have brought the country closer...

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How to Choose the Right Therapist For You

How to Choose the Right Therapist For You

You’ve decided it’s time to pursue therapy or counseling. Maybe you’re looking to gain insights into yourself, or work on improving your mental health. Maybe you want to learn how to make healthier choices, or to heal from past traumas.  Whatever your reason for...

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Managing Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing Loneliness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Humans are inherently social beings.  We are wired from birth to develop relationships and bond to others.  We enjoy being surrounded by our family and friends.  We look for opportunities to talk and share our feelings.  According to Psychology...

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Getting Through the Holidays with COVID-19

Getting Through the Holidays with COVID-19

For many American families, the holidays are anticipated year-round as a chance for friends and family to come together in celebration and gratitude. However, this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic still threatening the health and safety of people all over the world,...

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Part II – The Family’s Role in Recovery

Part II – The Family’s Role in Recovery

By Jennifer Kelly and Bev Mueller Are you a family member of an addict or alcoholic?  Have you been watching your loved one continue to use or abuse alcohol/drugs well past the point of being able to make excuses for them, let alone make sense out of it? If...

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Part I – Current Opioid Crisis

Part I – Current Opioid Crisis

A face on the issue What the….? Half of the pain pills for Kathy’s broken ankle are missing, along with $60 dollars from her purse. Her only visitor today was Robin, who “just wanted to check in and see how you are doing.” And what an odd visit it was—Robin seemed...

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