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How to Love Someone with a Mental Illness

One of my dearest friends has known me since I was seventeen and another since I was in my early twenties. I have canceled plans with each of them more times than I care to admit, but neither of them ever holds it against me or refuses to make new plans when I feel ready [...]

By |2022-02-18T19:39:27+00:00February 14th, 2022|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on How to Love Someone with a Mental Illness

What Is EMDR Therapy?

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was developed to help people heal from traumatic events. Trauma & PTSD In prior blogs, we discussed that trauma is a difficult event or series of events that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope and that what is traumatic for one person may not be traumatic for another. Post-traumatic [...]

By |2022-01-25T16:24:51+00:00January 15th, 2022|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on What Is EMDR Therapy?

Play as Therapy

As adults, we have a tendency to see play as a frivolous, unimportant activity. When I was a case manager in the mental health system, I often heard parents complain that they didn’t feel their children were benefiting from therapy and other mental health services. “All they ever do is play,” parents would tell me [...]

By |2022-01-14T18:31:48+00:00January 6th, 2022|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Play as Therapy

Debunking Mental Health Myths

Mental Health Myths, Debunked! For a very long time, mental health was a taboo topic in the United States. People generally did not talk about it, and attempts to address mental illnesses were often so harsh and unhelpful that people would do everything possible to conceal their symptoms. While we have made progress in the [...]

By |2022-01-05T22:46:42+00:00December 29th, 2021|Addiction Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Debunking Mental Health Myths

How Common Is Mental Illness?

In addition to dealing with struggles presented by mental illnesses themselves, those who have been diagnosed also face the perception that they are not “normal.” In fact, this stigma is based on a myth, as mental illnesses are actually very common. The Stigma of Mental Illness According to the National Institute of Mental Health: Nearly [...]

By |2021-12-26T19:38:24+00:00December 21st, 2021|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on How Common Is Mental Illness?

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a unique type of therapeutic intervention that can be used to treat destructive behaviors and suicidality. DBT sees destructive behaviors as learned responses that can be unlearned and replaced with a more adaptive skill. This requires the therapist to work with the client, without judgment [...]

By |2021-12-10T20:00:10+00:00December 8th, 2021|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Exploring Seasonal Depression

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sometimes known as seasonal depression, is a common condition that usually impacts people in the fall and winter months (though some people do struggle with it more in warmer weather). The more mild version of the condition is often referred to as the winter blues. Depression of a Different Type There [...]

By |2021-12-03T17:58:14+00:00November 30th, 2021|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Exploring Seasonal Depression

Explaining Mental Health to Children

Many adults consider mental illness to be a topic too mature for children, but there are numerous benefits in talking to children about age-appropriate aspects of mental well-being. What a typical teenager is capable of understanding far exceeds the comprehension of the average toddler, so it is important to meet your child where they are [...]

By |2021-11-28T18:50:59+00:00November 21st, 2021|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Explaining Mental Health to Children

Mentally Healthy Holidays

For many people, the holiday season is a joyful time of year that they look forward to for months in advance. For people who struggle to maintain their mental health, the holidays can be a stressful time that threatens their ability to maintain wellness. Holiday Triggers & Your Mental Health According to the California Chapter [...]

By |2021-11-20T04:59:56+00:00November 17th, 2021|Addiction Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Mentally Healthy Holidays

Understanding Dementia

Dementia is a diagnosis commonly feared and associated with old age, but most people do not fully understand how it affects a person or their loved ones. Although a third of people over age 85 suffer from some form of disease, many people are not able to distinguish between the normal signs of aging and [...]

By |2021-11-12T15:55:35+00:00November 8th, 2021|Families in Recovery, Mental Health|Comments Off on Understanding Dementia
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