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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a popular type of psychotherapy used by mental health counselors and therapists to assist clients who are interested in overcoming mental health issues or substance use disorders. CBT allows individuals to become aware of their negative thinking patterns and readjust their focus so that they can engage in challenging situations in a more effective way.

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You Are Not Alone: Teen Depression

If you or a loved one struggles with depression, it’s common to feel alone. Depression is more than just sadness and can affect many different aspects of everyday life. Sharing the experience of depression is difficult, particularly with friends and family. It is important to remember that you are not alone — critically, 1 in 3 high school students report feeling so sad or hopeless that they stop their everyday activities.

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Navigating Back to School During COVID-19

School is back in session–however, many students are struggling to adjust to this “new normal,” on top of the anxiety, fear, and stress that the typical back-to-school season brings. Similarly, parents are grappling with how to best support their children. It’s important to remember that every family is navigating these challenges for the first time, but this is not forever—we will get through it!

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Everything You Need to Know About IOPs

When you think about therapy, you probably think about meeting with a therapist once per week either virtually through video-camera or sitting in a therapist’s office – this is known as outpatient therapy, typically the most sought out type of therapy. But what happens when one hour a week of outpatient therapy isn’t enough support? What if you or your loved ones continue to have challenges despite meeting weekly with a therapist, and the symptoms experienced increase in frequency and/or severity? This can feel overwhelming and exacerbate a sense of hopelessness. Many families navigating behavioral health treatment options for the first time believe there is no option in between weekly visits to a therapist, assessment by a doctor at the Emergency Room or admission to an inpatient facility.

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What is Toxic Positivity?

Toxic positivity refers to the idea that in any given circumstance the most appropriate course of action is to remain positive, “look on the bright side,” and understand that “it could be worse.” An optimistic perspective can be a healthy and effective coping mechanism; however, toxic positivity refers to the extreme, unwavering presence of positivity in which this attitude causes a failure to effectively process and validate emotions.

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Nutrition and Mood: Healthy Foods to Enhance Mental Health

Nutrition is a key component to ensuring mental and physical health. For young people in particular, eating regularly and maximizing nutritious foods is critical when the body is still developing. Numerous scientific studies have shown a strong connection between diet and mental health. It’s essential to take advantage of what is in your control to better your own mental wellbeing.

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Navigating Teen Mental Health Conditions

Adolescence is a common time for signs of mental health issues to emerge—many are struggling with hormonal changes, adapting to new environments, and increased stress from school or social activities. Critically, 1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness; however, the majority of young people fail to receive appropriate treatment. Early intervention is essential when warning signs of mental illness emerge. If you are unsure whether you or a loved one is experiencing signs of a mental illness, it’s important to reach out to a mental health professional. Self-diagnoses can be dangerous and often inaccurate. In order to receive the most appropriate and effective care, reach out for support—you are not alone.

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The Collective Trauma of COVID-19

Despite the new year, COVID-19 continues to spread and devastate communities. Collective trauma refers to an event that incites psychological trauma shared by large groups or populations. In the case of this pandemic, the collective refers to our global population. Not all communities, however, have been impacted the same. It is important to recognize that COVID-19 has devastated certain communities, businesses, families and individuals more than others.

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How to Talk to Your Child About Body Image

A healthy body image is an essential aspect of a young person’s self-esteem and self-worth. Significantly, body image is about how you perceive your body, not about what your body looks like. This image is often affected by pressures of friends, family, celebrities, and social media. Fostering a healthy body image at a young age is critical. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorder reported that approximately 95% of individuals struggling with eating or related disorders are between the ages of 12 – 25.

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