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How to Tell the Difference Between Being Down and Being Depressed

Posted September 23, 2021

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A recent study shows that only 14% of Americans say they are happy. This startling statistic reflects many systemic problems affecting people, but does it mean that 86% of Americans are depressed? Some might say so, but this isn’t necessarily true. Though the majority of people might not identify as happy, there is a difference between being sad and being depressed. The former is a feeling that may pass, while the latter is a clinical diagnosis that often necessitates treatment. If you’re not sure how to tell which is which, these eight criteria can help you understand the many differences between sadness and depression.

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Mental Health Support for Kids Returning to School

Posted September 23, 2021

COVID-19 forced countless students in Minnesota and around the country to attend school virtually, and for many, this did not come as a welcome change. In addition to the academic struggles this brought, it also caused social struggles — especially for younger kids who craved socialization and interaction. This year, many kids will be heading back to school in person, but the change is again proving difficult. Many kids are dealing with fear and anxiety, and as a parent, you need to know how to respond. Consider the following eight tips for addressing kids’ fears and helping them overcome anxiety. Continue reading

What is a Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Posted August 12, 2021

While reading the following blog, you will learn the following:

  • People with a narcissistic personality disorder may display many symptoms, and many of these symptoms can negatively affect the life of the patient, and the lives of those around them.
  • They may appear to need excessive attention and admiration from others and a lack of empathy.
  • People with this type of personality disorder may struggle to maintain healthy relationships.

What Is a Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

A narcissistic personality disorder is, first and foremost, a mental health condition. People with this diagnosis may appear arrogant. Others may see them as attention-seeking and having an unrealistic view of their own importance. Patients with narcissistic personality disorders may have a deep desire for admiration from others and lack empathy for anyone else. This all-consuming need for attention can make it challenging to maintain stability in relationships. Continue reading

Why Do Many People Leave Therapy Before They Are Ready?

Posted August 12, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Therapy can be life-changing and even life-saving for people struggling with depression and other mental health conditions. However, many clients discontinue treatment too soon. As you read this blog, you’ll begin to understand the following:

  • Many people start to feel better and believe that it’s okay to leave therapy.
  • Sometimes clients have unrealistic expectations about how treatment works and discontinue therapy when the reality doesn’t match up.
  • The cost of treatment can be a barrier to keeping clients in therapy.

Why Do Many People Leave Therapy Before They Are Ready?

It can be challenging for therapists and patients to know when the time is right to end treatment sessions. In general, when clients reach their therapeutic goals, it may be time to wrap up the treatments. Sometimes, therapy stops when it becomes clear that this particular patient/therapist relationship will not achieve those goals. Continue reading

Helping Children Deal with Bouts of Anger

Posted July 12, 2021

Dealing with a child’s anger is challenging, but help is available when you understand the dynamics that lead to outbursts and meltdowns.

  • Anger is normal for children and adults, but it can spiral out of control.
  • Anger in children has many contributing factors.
  • Medications, education, and therapy can help families regain control of a child’s aggressive behaviors.

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What are Major Misconceptions About Mental Illness

Posted July 12, 2021

Seeking help for a mental health disorder requires strength and bravery. Many misconceptions about mental illness still serve as barriers to getting help.

  • Consumers may believe that they can’t afford mental health counseling and services.
  • Many people feel ashamed to admit that they are struggling with a mental health condition.
  • Some consumers hesitate to seek help out of fear that others will learn of their mental health diagnosis.

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What are Eating Disorders and How Are They a Mental Health Concern?

Posted June 8, 2021

Eating disorders are mental health disorders and not just physical ailments.

  • Eating disorders involve unrealistic and unhealthy body image and relationship to food.
  • Anorexia is a type of eating disorder that includes an unhealthy perception of the body’s size and weight.
  • Bulimia is a kind of eating disorder characterized by binge eating and purging.

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How to Choose the Right Therapist

Posted June 8, 2021

The help of a qualified therapist can help make the stresses of difficult times and day-to-day life more bearable.

  • You want to identify a therapist with whom you are comfortable sharing your most private thoughts.
  • When looking for a therapist, consider the credentials of the professional.
  • The most important part of the decision is whether or not you can form a productive therapeutic relationship with the therapist.

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Is Emotional Abuse More Harmful Than Physical Abuse?

Posted May 14, 2021

Emotional abuse involves a perpetrator who controls a victim through threats, insults, and other nonphysical forms of violence.

  • Emotional abuse can happen within the context of any significant relationship.
  • Emotional and physical abuse both have substantial consequences for the victim’s mental health.
  • Therapy can help victims deal with the damage done by emotional abuse.

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When to Seek Help

Posted May 14, 2021

Determining when to ask for help with mental health challenges can be difficult. However, it’s essential to get the assistance you need.

  • If thoughts, feelings, or behaviors interfere with your ability to function, you may need professional help.
  • A qualified professional can use research-based tools to reach a diagnosis.
  • Look for someone who understands your culture and the unique challenges you face.

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