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Trauma responses in relationships

Trauma Responses in Relationships

You don’t have to be a mental health professional to know trust issues, anxiety, insecurity, shame and disassociation are bad for relationships. If these same patterns of behavior, however, are common for an individual dealing with a past traumatic event or series of events, how does someone navigate trauma recovery and relationships? In some surprisingly …

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How Does Social Media Affect Mental Health?

Social Media Affects Our Mental HealthThis isn’t news to most people. Most of us have experienced how social media affects our mental health through photos of happy families who never seem to bicker—ever. We’ve likely seen air-brushed, filtered photos of celebrities claiming to look “natural.” And, few of us have avoided cyberbullying, even if it’s …

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Burning note symbolizing the past for your mental healing

How Does the Past Play a Role in Your Mental Healing?

Mental healing requires that we stay in the present but confront the past honestly.For those of us healing from a mental health disorder or past trauma, finding a balance between the past and present is challenging. We can only heal when the pain from the past comes into the light. At the same time, getting …

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Women comforting each other, experiencing collective stress from COVID-19

Is COVID-19 Causing Collective Stress?

How did COVID impact your life? As we’ve begun to explore the world again (or even the grocery store) without a mask, how is your mental health?There’s a lot of talk right now about collective stress and collective trauma. It’s important, however, to understand the difference between trauma and stress before we diagnose the world’s …

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Woman experiencing the collective grief of mental health and covid

How Are We Handling Our Collective Grief in 2021?

Over 625,000 people died due to COVID-19 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even if you didn’t lose a loved one, there’s collective grief we’ve all experienced because of the devastating and mind-boggling loss of life.The loss of life, however, doesn’t begin to factor in other losses …

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A woman comforting her depressed friend

What to Do When Comforting a Depressed Friend

Knowing how to comfort a depressed friend is a mystery to many. Managing a depressive episode can be difficult and isolating, not only for the depressed person but also for those who care. Many people around you may not understand what to do or say, even when sincerely wanting to help. Whatever you do, take …

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Changing the Way We Talk About Bipolar Disorder

Changing the Way We Talk About Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Bipolar Disorder Often misunderstood, bipolar disorder can carry a stigma like many other mental health disorders. People who do not understand bipolar disorder can make negative assumptions about it, and these misconceptions can do real damage. They undermine self-esteem. They can discourage someone from coming to terms with their mental health and asking for the …

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Stigmas in Mental Health Care

Breaking Stigmas in Mental Health Treatment: Say What You Mean

In terms of breaking stigmas in mental health care and how we think about mental health, does what we say matter? Do we actually perpetuate stigmas by participating in conversations where the misinformed or stigmatized language is used?Imagine Joe, who has privately managed bipolar disorder for the past 12 years, having a conversation with a …

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Edward Cole talks ‘environment of care’ during COVID-19

Ed Cole, Environment of Care Director at The Ranch Pennsylvania, carries 13 years of mental health and substance abuse therapy experience. To Ed, empowering and supporting his clients through their recovery journey is the most meaningful aspect of his role.  In 2018, he joined The Ranch Pennsylvania team as a primary therapist before transitioning to …

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overcoming addiction isn't a straight path

Why Overcoming Addiction Isn’t a Straight Path

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert FrostWhile it is safe to assume that Robert Frost was not speaking of overcoming addiction when he wrote this, recovery is more like walking through the woods on a rocky …

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