Mental Health

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Understanding the 4 Levels of Anxiety

June 18, 2024|Mental Health|

Anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions affecting millions of people worldwide. Understanding the different levels of anxiety can help individuals identify their symptoms and seek appropriate treatment. This blog defines anxiety and delves into its four distinct levels.  What Are the Levels of Anxiety?  Anxiety manifests in various intensities, each with its own set of characteristics and impacts on daily life. The four stress levels are mild, moderate, severe and panic level. Recognizing these levels is crucial for managing and treating anxiety effectively.  Mild Anxiety  Mild anxiety is often seen as a normal part of life. It can be [...]

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Fixing Codependent Relationship Patterns and Forming Healthier Connections

June 11, 2024|Mental Health|

Relationships are meant to be sources of support, love and growth. However, when one or both individuals are not healthy, the bond can become toxic, codependent and harmful. Understanding how to fix a codependent relationship and recognizing the signs of being “addicted” to a person are essential steps toward building more balanced, fulfilling connections with others. This blog will explore the nature of codependent relationships, determine whether one can be addicted to another person and provide actionable steps on breaking the cycle of codependence.  Can You Be Addicted to a Person?  Addiction usually refers to substances, but it can also [...]

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What’s the Difference Between Fear and Phobia?

June 4, 2024|Mental Health|

Fear is a natural response to danger, a primal instinct that has kept humans safe for millennia. Phobias, however, are intense, irrational fears of specific objects or situations. Understanding "fear vs. phobia" is crucial for recognizing when normal caution becomes debilitating. In this blog, we'll explore what separates phobias from fears and highlight the most common types of each.   Fear vs. Phobia  First, let’s define the characteristics of fears and phobias. Fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived threat. It activates the body’s fight-or-flight response, preparing one to deal with danger. Fear can be rational and proportional [...]

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Are Anxiety and Depression Connected?

May 1, 2024|Mental Health|

There is no denying that life is challenging at times. Situations happen at work, in our families, and with our partners, which cause stress and sometimes sadness. We may be faced with increasingly difficult decisions and struggle with maintaining a positive attitude during the process.  These experiences and emotions are all normal and natural. Much happens in our daily lives that causes stress and may leave us feeling down.  But when these emotions persist and cause increased mental turmoil, it is possible that anxiety and/or depression play a role. And it is not uncommon for those experiencing the symptoms of [...]

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How Mood Stabilizers Work to Restore Emotional Balance 

April 14, 2024|Mental Health|

Mood stabilizers play a crucial role in the treatment of various mental health conditions, particularly bipolar disorder. These medications are designed to help individuals manage mood swings, stabilize emotions and prevent episodes of mania or depression. In this blog post, we'll explore the mechanism of action behind mood stabilizers and shed light on how these medications work to restore emotional balance.  How Do Mood Stabilizers Work?  The term “mood stabilizers” describes a class of psychiatric medications primarily used for the treatment of mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, cyclothymia and certain types of depression. While the exact mechanisms of action [...]

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Natural Remedies to Help You Control Mood Swings

March 12, 2024|Mental Health|

To expect a constant, stable mood at all times is not only unrealistic, it isn’t human. As humans, part of who we are includes experiencing a variety of moods, from happiness to sadness, excitement to depression. General fluctuations in mood are not abnormal.    When these fluctuations become more frequent, intense or present without a cause, however, concern should be raised. Normal mood swings happen with a cause; abnormal mood swings happen randomly and can begin to significantly decrease your quality of life.  What are mood swings and what causes them? Mood changes are different from mood swings in that as [...]

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Finding Peace Amidst Challenges: Stress-Relieving Activities for Veterans in New Jersey

February 16, 2024|Mental Health, Veterans|

For veterans, the journey from the front lines to civilian life can be both rewarding and challenging. This transition often comes with unique stressors that require thoughtful consideration. In this blog, we explore stress-relieving activities tailored to veterans in New Jersey, offering a guide to good stress-relieving activities and stress-relief habits to help ease the transition and enhance overall well-being.  Understanding the need for stress relief  Veterans, having experienced the rigors of military life, may encounter stressors related to adjusting to civilian routines, coping with trauma or dealing with the complexities of reintegration. To support and maintain mental and [...]

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Navigating the Battlefield Within: Exploring the Five Types of Anxiety Veterans Struggle With

February 13, 2024|Mental Health, Veterans|

Many veterans struggle with anxiety. Understanding the nuances of anxiety disorders is crucial for providing support and promoting mental well-being. In this blog, we will delve into the five common types of anxiety that veterans often face, shedding light on the complexities of their experiences.  What Are the Different Types of Anxiety?  Anxiety disorders encompass a range of conditions characterized by excessive worry, fear, or nervousness, often affecting a person's daily life. The five primary types of anxiety disorders are generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Generalized Anxiety [...]

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Understanding the Battle Within: TBI vs PTSD

February 9, 2024|Mental Health|

Traumatic experiences can leave an indelible mark on a person's life, manifesting in various ways. Two conditions that often arise from such experiences are traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In this blog, we'll explore the key differences between TBI and PTSD, shedding light on what these conditions entail and the unique challenges they present.    What is Traumatic Brain Injury?  Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when an external force injures the brain. This force can result from a blow, jolt or penetrating object, causing disruption to normal brain function. TBIs can range from mild to [...]

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Shattered Trust: Understanding How Sexual Assault Affects Mental Health

February 6, 2024|Mental Health|

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that can have profound and lasting effects on a person's mental health. In this blog, we delve into the intricate relationship between sexual assault and mental health, exploring the emotional toll on victims and highlighting resources available for those seeking support.  The psychological impact of sexual assault    Sexual assault can leave deep scars on a survivor's mental well-being. The violation of personal boundaries, loss of control and the betrayal of trust can lead to a range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The aftermath of sexual assault [...]

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Addressing Adolescent Suicidal Ideation in Georgia 

January 30, 2024|Mental Health|

As is the case throughout much of the United States, in Georgia, the issue of adolescent suicidal ideation is a pressing concern that demands immediate attention. The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) emphasizes the importance of suicide prevention, especially among young people. With suicide being a leading cause of death in the state, comprehensive strategies and dedicated resources are vital for addressing this public health crisis.  The Importance of Early Intervention  Early intervention is crucial for suicide prevention. Adolescents experiencing suicidal thoughts need immediate access to mental health services. The DBHDD focuses on various suicide [...]