Why Tough Love Isn’t the Answer

By Alanna Hilbink Your child, parent, sibling or friend struggles with addiction. You’ve worried, begged, cajoled and tried to help. Nothing has seemed to get through or make a difference so far. So is it time for tough love? Is it time to find treatment that will offer the same? Addiction and Your Emotions If…

4 Myths About Schizophrenia and the Facts Behind Them

By Kathryn Millán, MA, LPC/MHSP Schizophrenia is an often-misunderstood mental illness that impacts about 1.1 percent of all U.S. adults, which adds up to approximately 2 million people over the age of 18.1,2 Chances are, you have met someone with schizophrenia at some point in your life, but thanks to modern treatments and awareness, most…

9 Ways Grief Manifests Itself (And How to Cope)

Death —  It’s one of the hardest inevitabilities of life that everyone has to deal with at some point. It differs as far as the when, where and how goes, but one thing remains the same about it no matter who you are: it is never, ever an easy thing to deal with. Grief is…

What Happens to Us After Sexual Harassment? A Guide to Self-Care

By Stephanie Thomas What do you do when a person crosses the line from friendly interaction to sexual harassment? A loaded question, indeed. Maybe you directly reject the perpetrator, work to awkwardly smooth over the situation or even struggle with a bit of internal doubt about what happened and why. Regardless of your response, you’re…

Why Group Therapy May Be a Good Choice for You

By: Becca Owens Group therapy can be an excellent tool of healing for adults who struggle with various mental health issues. Often when it comes to successfully dealing with mental illness, patients benefit from a combination of treatments, such as individual therapy, pharmaceutical interventions, holistic therapy and group therapy. For many, group therapy is where…

Understanding the Basics of Today’s Opioid Epidemic

By Christa Banister Whether it’s popular entertainers like Tom Petty and Prince or regular high school students who live in suburbs with relatively low crime rates, death from opioids hasn’t discriminated between the famous and non-famous, rich and poor, the city dwellers or country folks. In fact, every day in America, 91 people die from…

The Surprising Link Between Chronic Pain, Opioids and Depression

By Patti Richards She wakes thinking today might be different. As her sleepy mind works to catch up to her body, she stretches. No pain — so far so good. But when her feet hit the floor, she feels it. The first twinge of the day. “Knees again,” she thinks, and wonders how long it…

What to Tell Others When Your Loved One Is Addicted

By Martha McLaughlin Addiction was once considered to be a simple failure of the will, but is now understood to be a disease perpetuated by changes in the structure and function of the brain. Despite advances in understanding, there’s still a stigma attached to addiction in our society, making it hard to know how much…

Temper Tantrum or Mental Health Disorder?

By Melissa Riddle Chalos Of all the parental nightmares, of all we could imagine going wrong — especially during the toddler years — one event is almost inevitable: the temper tantrum. It is going to happen. Little ones hit, kick, scream and hold their breath. They grip ferociously to whatever they know they shouldn’t hold…

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Self-Harm and Teens

By Patti Richards Your once talkative and fun-loving little girl has retreated from you emotionally, and getting her to answer even simple questions feels like pulling teeth. Recently, you’ve noticed she’s traded her trendy wardrobe for baggy clothes with long sleeves and sometimes even gloves. This morning, when you asked her about a cut on…