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5 Ways to Help Cope with Trauma

Traumatic events happen to many people in many different situations. While the severity of the situation can differ, anyone who has gone through trauma will be able to relate to other victims to at least some degree. Everyone has their own ways of coping with trauma, but I have a few steps that I follow…

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Five Ways to Teach Your Child Self-Care

With mental illness getting the much-needed attention it deserves, I feel that we sometimes leave our kids out of the discussion. A lot of the time we say that children shouldn’t have a reason to be stressed or depressed: “What could they possibly have to be stressed about? Everything is provided to them!” Or so…

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Birth: The Neglected Story

I love stories. Sometimes I think my job title should really be, “Professional Story Listener.” That’s why I can no longer keep quiet about something frustrating I’ve noticed. As a therapist who focuses on mothers’ mental health, I am pleased to see that women’s mood disorders are getting some well-deserved attention lately. Mood disorders affect…

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PTSD and VR – How Virtual Reality could change the way we treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The future is now, apparently. When I first heard about the Oculus Rift, a Virtual Reality headset that was premiered on Kickstarter, it was like all of my childhood dreams had come true. Now, I would be able to play video games that felt like they were taking place around me. It’s been a few…

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Overcoming Barriers to Reaching Goals

  by Julie Killion, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC The beginning of the year is a natural time of reflection and goal setting.  This can be a happy and motivating time for some, and a disappointing reminder of failure for others. Goal setting is not as easy at it seems to be, and people go year…

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“Don’t Be Hysterical” – The History of Sexism in Psychological Treatment

We as human beings would like to think that our beliefs and actions are founded in reality and logic. While we have made mistakes as a species, we often see these as temporary blips in the grand scheme of history: sure, our psychological theories and treatment of women was sexist and not based on any…

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They’re People, Too: Ageism and Mental Health

I’ve always been very close to my grandfather. When I was growing up, he was a never-ending source of wisdom, humor, and stories from his fascinating life. When I was in eighth grade, I made a project of writing a book about his experiences based on interviews. Every couple of weeks, he and I would…

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The First Mental Health Appointment: What to Expect and How to Calm the Nerves

It’s completely normal to feel nervous or scared before you see your first psychologist. It may even feel wrong in some ways, which is also normal. [1] Rest assured, though, the fact that you are taking or even considering this step is mighty impressive — so give yourself a firm pat on the back. Many…

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Healing the Healer

My first job as a budding therapist, fresh out of grad school, was at a psychiatric hospital. Many memories from that time have stayed with me, but it was a comment I heard a fellow therapist make that altered my understanding of the importance of emotional self-care for those whose life’s work is serving others.…

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5 Signs of Burnout

Everyone experiences stress from time to time, some more than others. Whether it’s due to generalized anxiety or more day-to-day worries like large amounts of work, it’s important that people who are working — employees, students, or even artists — keep track of their mental health and wellbeing to avoid burnout. As described by Ada…

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Fibromyalgia and Its Effect on Mental Health

by Andy Greene One of the most common pain disorders, affecting roughly 3 to 6 percent of the world’s population [1], fibromyalgia is a very frustrating disorder with little understanding of what causes it and no real cure. This can become increasingly demoralizing to those who suffer from it. Sadly, fibromyalgia is not just a…

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