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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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Is Trauma Hindering Your 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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What’s a Mental Breakdown? Stress in Our Modern World

“I’m on the brink of a mental breakdown.”Do mental or nervous breakdowns really exist? More importantly, if these breakdowns happen, how do you recover? And, how did these terms become so commonplace in our vernacular?Finally, if breakdowns are real, then how do you know when you reach the breaking point? Are there clues to your …

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Men’s Mental Health: Getting Honest with Emotions

We’d all like to think that stigmas around men’s mental health and emotions are shifting for the better. Continually, however, we are reminded how much further we have to go.In a letter to the editor published in Ohio in July 2021, a 12-year-old girl called out an announcer at a July 4th parade for proclaiming …

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Can Childhood Trauma Lead to Codependency and PTSD?

Codependency and PTSD have a sordid relationship, usually trailing back to childhood trauma. There are plenty of stereotypes when it comes to childhood trauma. When you hear a child suffered trauma, what comes to mind? Terrible unsanitary conditions and horrific physical abuse?The truth is, sometimes trauma is the result of a family unable to deal …

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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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Building Confidence in Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

Treatment Helps Inspire Recovery Living with a substance use or a mental health disorder often undermines confidence. Addiction or mental health challenges can seem to define you entirely. After all, it seems to touch every area of your life, and you may feel the effects of stigmatization from other people. Perhaps that stigma has made you hesitant …

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Managing Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety in the workplace can interfere with your career advancement, financial security and self-esteem. How can someone with an anxiety disorder navigate the work world and self-care? Financial, professional and personal fulfillment is still an achievable goal for everyone. An anxiety disorder can coexist with all three. However, it would help to get crystal clear on …

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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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