Self-Care for Mental Health During the Colder Months, Even with COVID and Social Isolation

Posted Posted in Depression

Changes in season are hard, particularly during COVID and social isolation. 2020 has been such a difficult year for many. With winter coming, it will be important to take good care of our physical and mental health. One of the best things that we can do now for ourselves (and those we care for) is […]

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How to Be Yourself When the World Seems So Messed Up

Posted Posted in Coping, Gratitude, Latest News, Self-care

By Dahlia Garofalo, B.A. and Cindy Nichols Anderson, Ph.D. ABPP Be yourself? That seems like such a tall order. Yet, identity helps us feel grounded and capable. It increases our agency, purpose, and confidence. It also helps us connect with society, loved ones, and people working towards common goals.  In the midst of the pandemic […]

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Self-Care Suggestions for When COVID-19 and Social Isolation Go On and On and On….

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Mental Health, Self-care

These days, during the COVID-19 crisis, everyone experiences varying degrees of stress, anxiety, depression, and fear. The world seems overwhelming and unmanageable at times, especially when combined with increased isolation. What’s more, we often feel at a loss for control or predictability. We don’t know what hard even could be next. It may feel to […]

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Vaccines for Children Are Not Linked to Mental Health Conditions

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There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines, particularly as it relates to mental health conditions. Some communities report that vaccines have links to Autism, Schizophrenia, and other neurological concerns.  However, it is important to know the facts.   Here are some basic facts about vaccines and mental illness. Vaccines do not cause mental illness. The government […]

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Making Snow Angel

Joyful Snow-showers

Posted Posted in Resiliency

Snowflakes, soft and fluffy, were floating down, atop the 8 inches of snow on the ground. I watched my dog delightedly running circles in the yard as if to say, “Yey! Fresh snow! Look at me!” I called my 12 year-old son to the window. “I wonder why all dogs, big or small, short coats […]

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How to Help Your Child Open Up to You.

Helping Your Child Open Up to You

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Children and Adolescents, Communication, Latest News, Parenting

Children commonly have a hard time talking to their parents. It can be hard to open up. For some, it is a normal developmental stage. Other children are described by parents as shy or sensitive.   Additionally, children with anxiety or depression often keep difficult thoughts, feelings, and experiences to themselves.    There are many reasons that children […]

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Healthy (and Fun) Communication During Family Holidays

Posted Posted in Gratitude

…As each of you prepares for your family holidays, maybe you are also considering what to expect this year. Even though you may have had sadness or loss, political changes or political consistency, marriages or divorces, there are often unifying factors. There are often things that can bring you closer as a family to talk about over snacks, dinner, or desert. Moreover, there may even be things that you can talk about that are not uncomfortable….

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Emotional Regulation: 3 Steps to a Healthier Emotional System

Posted Posted in Coping, Latest News, Resiliency, Self-care

Emotional regulation seems like a complicated process.  But in fact, it is something that we all use every day.  Consider these examples where self-regulation may be helpful: Situation 1: You are driving home from work, and a car cuts you off in traffic, proceeding to drive very slowly in the lane in front of you.  You are frustrated […]

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