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Taking Care of Yourself and Your Mental Health

When was the last time you had a self-care day? Took a bath, meditated, journaled, etc? If it has been longer than your mental health needs, it may be time to sit back and reflect on why that is.  Life is hard, no matter what you are going through and we get that. But in … Read more

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What Does a Bipolar Episode Look Like?

There are many symptoms of bipolar disorder. The most distinguishing feature is its frequent mood swings. Bipolar disorder gets its name because people alternate between periods of mania (extremely elevated mood) and depression (excessive sadness). Usually, a person will have periods of normal moods in between these two extremes.  To better understand what mania and … Read more

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What is the Most Common Type of Delusion in Schizophrenia?

Delusions and Schizophrenia The most well-known symptoms of schizophrenia are delusions and hallucinations. Since they are dramatic and easily sensationalized, they are the behaviors most often highlighted by popular media when schizophrenia is depicted. And indeed, hallucinations and delusions are very important and common symptoms of this illness. Nonetheless, these symptoms are not necessary for … Read more

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Can the 3 3 3 Rule for Anxiety Actually Help Me?

Living with Anxiety  Even though we all try to maintain good physical health, we often forget to take good care of our mental health. There are millions of people worldwide who are affected by mental health issues like depression and anxiety. A number of recent events, including the Covid-19 pandemic and many ongoing global political … Read more

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Beneficial Foods for Those with Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia and Nutrition Our diet plays an important role in our lives. Not only is it a means of survival, but it can also provide us with much pleasure. It is now widely recognized that controlling what we eat is an important factor in staying healthy for everyone. However, for people with schizophrenia, this is … Read more

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Are Mental Illnesses Hereditary?

Mental health problems are a common concern among people, especially now that one in five people in the United States suffers from some form of mental illness. Parents who have mental illness worry they will pass on these traits to their children. Many people who have relatives who have mental health struggles may fear that … Read more

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What is Psychosis?

Psychosis can most simply be described as a break from reality. It typically manifests as a symptom of a number of different conditions that cause a person to believe or perceive something that is not, in fact, happening in reality. As a result, it may be difficult for someone experiencing psychosis to differentiate between what … Read more

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Top 6 Signs You May Have a Mental Health Disorder

As the world grapples with a public health crisis and rising political tensions, it is perhaps no surprise that some people are feeling a little uneasy about the state of the world at the moment. The truth is that stress is normal and appropriate as a response to stressful situational triggers such as the COVID-19 … Read more

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Living With An Anxiety Disorder

It is normal to experience anxiety from time to time. However, individuals suffering from anxiety disorders experience persistent, intense, and excessive anxiety and fear about everyday situations that may border on irrational. Anxiety disorders are often characterized by repeated episodes of intense anxiety, fear, or terror, which peak within minutes (panic attacks) and typically last … Read more

woman taking a mental health break and boosting her serotonin by petting her dog

Positive Health Effects of Human-Animal Interactions

There is nothing like a loyal companion to welcome you home from a long day at work or keep you company during lonely nights. Besides being a joy to be around, pets provide unconditional love and support that can go far beyond just keeping you company. The presence of pets may also improve children’s emotional … Read more