Category Archives: Adult Mental Health

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

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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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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COVID-19 – One Year Later

Posted March 5, 2021


  • One year into the pandemic, people are learning to manage their physical, mental, and emotional needs in a very different world.
  • Taking steps to address the reality of the new normal is critical to your health.
  • If you need help managing through this challenging time, MHS is always available.

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Help for the Healthcare Professionals

Posted March 5, 2021


  • The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for medical professionals.
  • Providing mental and behavioral health services designed specifically for healthcare workers is critically important to their well-being.
  • MHS can help you take care of your team during the pandemic and beyond.

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Tips for Staging an Intervention

Posted January 29, 2021


An intervention is a process in which the family and friends of someone struggling with an addiction work with a professional to help them see the consequences. It may involve members of the faith community, a doctor, a therapist, and other people who love the addicted person, in addition to the family. While most people think of interventions concerning recovery from alcoholism or drug abuse, either prescription or illegal. However, this form of group intervention can also help families dealing with a loved one with compulsive behaviors such as gambling, pornography, and eating disorders. Family interventions can be an essential first step to recovery from addiction. Continue reading

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health

Posted January 15, 2021

What Is the Stigma of Mental Illness?

The word “stigma” comes from the Latin word meaning brand or mark. It refers to some identifying feature of the bearer of the mark, generally one that signifies something unsatisfactory or negative. Historically, tradition indicated that the person bearing a stigma did something wrong or evil to be cursed with the mark. Continue reading

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Those Dealing with Depression

Posted January 6, 2021

Make Mental Health A Priority in Your Resolutions

As one year ends and a new one begins, our thoughts turn to what we’d like to do with the blank slate before us. While many people look forward with excitement, for the estimated 350 million people struggling with different types of depression, it can be a time of frustration, sadness, and disappointment. Realistic goals can be great motivators, but when you set unattainable targets for yourself, the result may be feelings of failure and an even deeper state of depression. Here are some tips for avoiding this situation as you’re welcoming in the new year. Continue reading