Mental Health

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Understanding Common and Uncommon Anxiety Signs

December 9, 2021|Mental Health|

We’ve all been anxious before, whether it’s been a big presentation at work or when the numbers don’t line up in our monthly budget. While we may be faced with intense worry, it usually recedes and we are able to move on with our daily lives. For someone who faces clinical anxiety, that’s not the case. When a person is struggling with one of many anxiety disorders, he or she is unable to move forward and function productively on a day-to-day basis.  If you’ve faced anxiety or know someone who might be struggling, here are some signs of anxiety and [...]

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Identifying Common Causes of Depression

November 30, 2021|Mental Health|

Claiming nearly 300 million victims worldwide, depression is the most common mental health disorder in the world. According to the World Health Organization, approximately one in five women and one in ten men will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people aged 15-44 and accounts for almost $210.5 billion of lost earnings per year. If you think you or a loved one may be experiencing depression, you are not alone. Although there is not one standardized cause of depression, understanding the most prevalent depression causes and [...]

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How Journaling can Enhance Your Addiction Recovery Program

October 18, 2021|Mental Health|

Journaling is a powerful tool you can use to work through confusing or convoluted thoughts and feelings. Journaling gives you a chance to externally process without needing to sound eloquent, well thought out or even polite. It’s a free, safe space to say what you need to say, when and how you need to say it.  Why journaling?  In addition to being an effective method of processing what’s going on in your life, mind, heart, etc., journaling serves as a kind of documentary. It might tell the story of your battle with addiction, from where it began to where it [...]

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Learning to Challenge Negative Thoughts

October 1, 2021|Mental Health|

What are negative thoughts? Well, they are exactly as they sound. Negative thoughts are a form of unhealthy self-talk, even if they aren’t about ourselves, and they can quickly consume all of our thoughts. Negative thoughts are bound to happen every once in a while, especially during periods of depression or stress. If you find yourself struggling with negative thought patterns more often than not, there are steps you can take that will help identify the root cause and decrease them altogether. Speak to yourself as if you were speaking to a friend Think of yourself as your own friend. [...]