The Power of Vulnerability

Share this…Those of us who are in the helping profession are quite well acquainted with the concept of vulnerability.  When you enter into a clinical relationship with a provider – be it for medical, mental health, or related services, you are asked to provide deeply personal information to a relative stranger.  The context of the Read More…

Good Habits, Bad Habits

Share this…Habits are behaviors that become a routine, repeated regularly and occurring often without our conscious knowledge.  Habits tend to make up a large part of our experiences, and can include behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.  Having such an influential routine also be something that can be classified as good (habits such as washing our faces, Read More…

Tools for Tackling Trauma

Share this…As it is defined, trauma is the response that a person has to an event or experience that is disturbing or distressing.  More so, it is the psychological and emotional impact that a person feels, though physiological impact is also a common symptom and experience of trauma.  It is interesting that the trauma is Read More…

What is Resilience?

Share this…Resilience can be defined as the ability to cope with stressors, and then return to the pre-crisis state.  How we respond to setbacks can be an important key in our self-esteem, our belief in our abilities, and our interpretation of the stressful event in the first place.  As we have learned more about how Read More…

Could My Child Be Depressed?

Share this…Depression in children looks much different than it does in adults, and this can often be confusing for the adults that surround a child who is displaying behavioral or social difficulties.  Children do not have the emotional vocabulary, nor the ability to self-examine and express their inner world as effectively as an adult can.  Read More…

Access to Mental Health Care

Share this… We have talked before about the barriers to mental health care that exist, in terms of finding the right fit, forging through stigma, and how to pay for it all.  However, we currently live in a time where access to mental health care is better than it has ever been.  That does not Read More…

It’s All Relative: Family Mental Health Facts

Share this…Though the specifics and prevalence rates vary, one of the increasing trends researchers are finding in their longitudinal and genetic studies is that there is a heritability, or inherited risk, that occurs with many mental health disorders.  In disorders and diagnoses such as Autism, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and many other diagnoses, Read More…

Screens and the Human Brain

Share this… The devices are ubiquitous, and even our fridges have become “smart” with a glowing blue screen, graphics, and stimuli for our brains.  Toddlers are app proficient before they are potty trained, and even grandma has a Facebook.  What does all of this technology mean for our brains – and is it harmful?  The Read More…

Mental Health and Wellness On the Job

Share this… The statistics about mental illness are, quite honestly, scary.  According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 16.2 million Americans have experienced criteria for major depressive disorder within the past year.  19% of Americans have experienced an anxiety disorder within the past year.  And of course, these two conditions can often overlap, Read More…