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5 Important Nutrients To Include This Year

For many people, the winter does not only bring about colder weather; it can bring on feelings of depression, lack of motivation, and overall decreased energy. These are symptoms of what you may know as “winter blues”, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Lack of sunlight in the winter months can decrease our production of serotonin, which…

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College Stress

It’s time to go back to school! Many young students will be entering their first or second semester of college this Spring. How can you avoid stress and anxiety during this transitional time in their lives? Planning a schedule When signing up for classes, it is wise to set up a schedule for yourself. What…

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Psychiatric Medications and Weight Management

When it comes to achieving and maintaining an optimal state of mental health, your mental healthcare provider may feel it’s necessary for you to be on medication as part of your treatment plan. Unfortunately, a common side effect of some psychiatric medications is weight gain. Some studies have concluded that 1-4 cases of obesity is…

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Unhealthy Escape

Content Warning: This blog post contains explicit descriptions of the author’s personal struggles with issues of self-harm, depression, and related trauma. This will probably be the most difficult thing I will ever write, and definitely the most difficult blog post I will ever write. The original title for this blog was “Self-Harm”, but I couldn’t bring…

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Seven Most Common Misconceptions about Mental Illness & Health

Our country has come quite a way from the Freudian stigmas and public embarrassment associated with mental illness of the early 1900s, but some skepticism remains. Even in 2017, there are many myths and misconceptions about the legitimacy of mental health and the efficacy of treatment, some of which prevent people from reaching out for…

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Dating Someone Who Has a Mental Illness

You’ve met someone who you really like. He listens to you. Finally, someone who really listens and asks questions, who shows genuine interest in you. And he’s funny! And he thinks you’re funny, too. Your first several dates flew by, each one of them ending with the two of you staying until closing time, just…

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Living with Panic Disorder: The Real Value in Real Mental Healthcare

On one hot summer day, I bought the most perfectly plump watermelon I could find at the grocery store. I hurried home, ready to slice the sucker up for a refreshing treat. The blade of my chef’s knife sliced smoothly through the glossy green rind. Suddenly, I felt my heart begin to race. Intense pain radiated…

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Do I Have Depression?

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, I am asked this question frequently.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States.  Additionally, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Depression, along with other mental health issues,…

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Create a Holiday Come True and You Will Lose those Blues

As the Holiday season quickly approaches, please remember that you are not alone. You are not alone in your memories of those prior holidays that may contain mixed emotions. You may have grieved losses this year – of family members, relationships, or items that somehow became magically lost. You may have gained the knowledge that…

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