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All the Little Pieces of Me

Kim has spent the last six months going from specialist to specialist. Today, as she heads into yet another office, she feels exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless; she’s spent valuable time and money trying to find the answers to her ongoing symptoms, and has been stymied at every turn. Unfortunately, the appointment today is just as…

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Conquering Your Gym Phobia

Originally published in Health & Healing in the Triangle, Vol. 19, No. 5, Health & Healing, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC, publishers. Reprinted with permission. By Katie Rickel, PhD “Me?!” My therapy client rolled her eyes and sighed. “Oh, I can’t work out in a gym! Gyms are only for fit people. Not for people like…

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Food & Mental Health

Remember that old saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, it’s true. Recent studies are discovering more and more evidence that shows that we are literally what we eat, and this is especially true for mental health. The Link Between Mental Health and Diet Roxanne Sukol, MD, a preventive medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness…

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December Focus: Holidays & Mental Health

For many people, the holiday season can be a difficult time to maintain and care for their mental health. There’s often financial, family and travel stress, not to mention the stress that can result from disruptions in routine. People are often busier during the holiday stress and their feelings of love, happiness and joy are…

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October Focus: ADHD Awareness

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a huge issue in the US. Over ten percent of children aged 5-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. And approximately five percent of adults also have it, though fewer adults are diagnosed and treated for it. For starters, we want to clarify some confusing information about ADHD and ADD. ADHD…

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August Focus: Substance Abuse Awareness

Substance Abuse and Addiction are long-standing problems for both the United States, and the state of North Carolina. North Carolina has the 30th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. Though North Carolina is doing much to counteract these problems, there is still so much to be done. Alcohol and tobacco abuse remain…

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July’s Focus: Purposeful Parenting Month

Compassionate and comprehensive mental health care is an important part of any and every child’s overall health and well-being. Issues in a child’s mental health can dramatically affect every aspect of the child’s life, including performance in school, friendships and self-confidence, energy for and interest in extracurricular activities. As children we all form habits that…

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