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27. August 2014 02:55
by Cathy England, MA
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Effectively Coping with Anxiety

27. August 2014 02:55 by Cathy England, MA | Comments

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Anxiety is a common mental health concern. It is defined by Endler (1997), as being an emotion that is driven by fear. Anxiety can interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily activities, and can become so invasive in their lives that they may be unable to deal with work or school. When anxiety becomes this much of a problem, it is important to have strategies to decrease the anxiety. [More]

26. August 2014 02:55
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.
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recognizing obsessive compulsive disorderin childrenand helping them cope

Recognizing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children, and Helping Them Cope

26. August 2014 02:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C. | Comments

recognizing obsessive compulsive disorderin childrenand helping them cope
Many of us have heard someone say they “are OCD”. We may have also told someone, “You are so OCD!” Some people do, in fact, have minor characteristics of OCD. They like things tidy, or they like to do things in a certain order and in a particular way. But clinical Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a serious, even debilitating, mental illness for both adults and children. It can create significant distress, and interfere with daily functioning. People with severe symptoms of OCD may find it difficult to work, go to school, or carry out other daily activities. [More]

25. August 2014 02:55
by Dr. DeeAnn Visk, Ph.D.
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How to Best Treat Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

25. August 2014 02:55 by Dr. DeeAnn Visk, Ph.D. | Comments

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What is the best way to help children from aged five to eight with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? A recent study from Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island offers an interesting insight. Researcher there found that family-based cognitive behavioral therapy is beneficial. They found that developmentally sensitive family-based treatment that included exposure/response prevention was more effective in reducing OCD symptoms and functional impairment in this age group when compared to a structured relaxation program. [More]

24. August 2014 02:55
by Marti Wormuth, MA
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Coping With Social Anxiety and Social Phobia

24. August 2014 02:55 by Marti Wormuth, MA | Comments

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Social anxiety is becoming more and more common in today's world. Every year, millions of people struggle with anxiety disorders and they try to work through them on their own. Social anxiety, or social phobia, is "a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things. [More]

23. August 2014 02:55
by Cathy England, MA
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Dissociative Identity Disorder

23. August 2014 02:55 by Cathy England, MA | Comments

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Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was formerly known as multiple personality disorder, and remains to this day as one of the most controversial and misunderstood disorders in the Diagnostic Manual. It is a difficult diagnosis to make, and often is more difficult to treat. It has been the topic of many Hollywood productions which gives laypeople an idea that they understand what it is, but as is often the case in movies and media, there is some sensationalism that occurs. It is not a common diagnosis and is only one of the classified dissociative disorders. [More]

22. August 2014 02:55
by Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP
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5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

22. August 2014 02:55 by Eddins Counseling Group, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP | Comments

5 waysto improve your body image
It’s summer, time for swimsuit season, sleeveless tops and cool, comfortable clothing. At least it is where I live, in hot and humid Houston, Tx. How is your body image in summer months? We are all bombarded by media messages day after day, but it can certainly increase in the summer months when we’re likely to be more exposed and more self-conscious of our bodies.
It’s summer, time for swimsuit season, sleeveless tops and cool, comfortable clothing. At least it is where I live, in hot and humid Houston, Tx. How is your body image in summer months? We are all bombarded by media messages day after day, but it can certainly increase in the summer months when we’re likely to be more exposed and more self-conscious of our bodies. [More]

21. August 2014 02:55
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.
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Confusion to Clarity: How Your Confusion is a Gift

21. August 2014 02:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C. | Comments

confusionto clarity how your confusionisa gift
“I’m so confused”! Many of the clients I see come to me because they are confused about some aspect of their life. They ask things like: “What should I do?” “Should I stay or should I go?” “Is this person right for me?” These are some of the questions of confusion.
“I’m so confused”! Many of the clients I see come to me because they are confused about some aspect of their life. They ask things like: “What should I do?” “Should I stay or should I go?” “Is this person right for me?” These are some of the questions of confusion. [More]

20. August 2014 02:55
by Marti Wormuth, MA
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Befriending Those With Mental Health Struggles

20. August 2014 02:55 by Marti Wormuth, MA | Comments

befriending those with mental health struggles
Everyone has those people in their lives that they trust with everything and anything. Many of us don't know where we would be without friends. But sadly, many people who struggle with mental illness do not have friends and a support system that they can fall back on - most people who struggle with these things end up secluding themselves. In this article, we're going to take a closer look at befriending those who struggle with their mental health and doing it in a way that can help them to live a happier, healthier life. [More]

19. August 2014 02:55
by Caleen Martin
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Mourning your past self and living in the present with chronic pain.

19. August 2014 02:55 by Caleen Martin | Comments

mourningyourpastselfandlivinginthepresentwithchronicpain
When you are sat down by a doctor and explained that you have an incurable medical condition that could become completely debilitating to you, cause you daily pain, and change every aspect of your life, you die. Your physical life has died, your career has died, your ability to care for your family has died, your ability to enjoy the intimacy between yourself and your partner has died. But your lungs still breath air, your heart still pumps, and you must create a completely new life in spite of your medical conditions. [More]

18. August 2014 02:55
by Cathy England, MA
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mental health care coverage new lawsand remaining problems

Mental Health Care Coverage: New Laws and Remaining Problems

18. August 2014 02:55 by Cathy England, MA | Comments

mental health care coverage new lawsand remaining problems
In the not too distant past, there was a lot of difficulty for individuals needing to access mental health care services. Many health insurance companies treated mental health as a separate and unequal health issue compared with medical health problems. This made it difficult for the mentally ill to get adequate treatment, and to be able to afford that treatment when it was needed. In the last few years, those laws have begun to change, and mental illness is now considered to be equal in regard to insurance as is physical illness. [More]
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