By: Allison Petro, LMHC These are no doubt scary and strange times for everyone. The coronavirus pandemic has caused people’s lives to change across the globe. For those of us caring for children, it can feel overwhelming to help them cope when we feel like we are barely even holding it together ourselves. Here are 7 tips to help your
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By Brian Kurz, LCSW When a man is acting strangely and out of character, those who care about them are understandably going to ask, “Why?” A fairly common explanation for odd behavior in men can be a midlife crisis. But what if, in addition to their strange behavior, a man also seems depressed? Is midlife-crisis depression a real thing? Yes,
Social isolation may be frustrating for most people who can’t engage in their normal routines, but for some people this could be the most dangerous time in their relationships. There are Domestic Violence resources centers across the country that are anticipating an uptick in intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 times. This can also include psychological abuse such as humiliation,
What are grounding techniques and how do they help with anxiety? Grounding techniques are coping strategies that help you focus on the here-and-now and what is in front of you at the present moment. Grounding helps break up the thoughts in your brain that are causing you to feel anxious. All of us find ourselves worried about the future or
If you’ve been treated for depression but your symptoms haven’t improved, you may have treatment resistant depression (TRD.) Taking an antidepressant or going to psychological counseling eases depression symptoms for most people. But with treatment-resistant depression, standard treatments are not enough. Treatment-resistant depression can leave you feeling hopeless and discouraged. Months or even years can go by without any relief. And
,By: Brian Kurz Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States today. According to the National Institute of Mental Health(NIMH), about six million American men suffer from depression every year. Men and women both experience depression, but their symptoms are usually very different. In addition, men are less likely than women to recognize, talk
By: Allison Petro, LMHC As a mental health counselor, I regularly see individuals who struggle with depression symptoms. Those individuals over the years have told me that they prefer to not take medication to treat their depression. Depression can be debilitating for some, but for others, it only gets in the way from time to time. Like many things, depression
By: Allison Petro Anxiety is experiencing feelings of worry or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one's daily activities. Everywhere I turn, I feel that people are talking about anxiety. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed by life, relationships, school, your job, or your children. Or maybe your child is experiencing nervousness on a regular basis, and you feel at
By Amanda Wiegert Childhood is the prime time for brain development and the time when people typically learn to have healthy attachments and a stable sense of love and security. However, when a person experiences something traumatic during childhood, it can interrupt their brain development and skew their sense of healthy relationships. Every person deserves to have healthy, loving relationships
By: Brian Kurz Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. If you just received an anxiety diagnosis, you might be experiencing a range of emotions and uncertainty about what to do next. But there is hope! Know that very effective treatments are available and successful! Each type of anxiety disorder has its own treatment plan. Some