Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life, but high-functioning individuals may not be diagnosed until much later in life. More people than…

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Avoiding Thanksgiving Stress

Does the Thanksgiving weekend bring memories of fun times with family, playing football outside in the crunchy leaves and shopping until you drop? Or is it more like a nightmare of tipsy relatives bickering and complaining? Does preparing the Thanksgiving meal give you enjoyment or is a herculean task that has you stressed from Halloween…

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When It’s All About Me: Recognizing Narcissism

We all know THAT person. Someone who always has to be the center of attention or continually brags about themselves. You might call that person self-absorbed or narcissistic. But there’s a difference between being self-absorbed and having narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NDP is a mental illness. People with NPD have an inflated idea of themselves and…

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Bipolar Disorder – Myths vs. Facts

Thinking of bipolar disorder as just a ‘mood swing’ is a mistake. It’s a much more complicated and serious condition, but it is treatable. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes bipolar disorder as ‘a mental condition that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to complete day-to-day tasks.” Everyone experiences emotional ups…

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5 Signs You Need a Mental Health Check-Up

What do you usually do when you’re in physical pain? In all likelihood, you visit a doctor, get a diagnosis, and start treatment. It sounds pretty straightforward, right? And yet, when it comes to your mental health, you choose to ignore the symptoms, brush them under the carpet, and hope they’ll go away on their…

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Understanding Addiction

Addiction is a chronic and complex disease that affects millions of lives. This can often lead to confusion and misunderstanding on just how addiction can impact someone’s body and brain. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, it is important to know that addiction can not be fought on sheer willpower alone.…

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Understanding Recovery to Strengthen Your Sobriety

Getting sober and staying that way takes time and effort. When you have a better understanding of the process of addiction recovery, your chances of long term sobriety improve. No matter what is going on in your life, if you are addicted to substances, it’s time to get the help you need. Addiction only gets…

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How To Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleeping is one of the most important things you can do for your physical and emotional health.  It is the foundation upon which all other healthy factors are built. People perform best with 7-9 hours of sleep per night.  Like oral hygiene and physical health, there are things you can do to help optimize your…

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Resources For Mental Health Month

More Resources  You Can Use ANIMAL COMPANIONSHIP  Habri.org – Information and research on the connection between people and animals.  PetPartners.org – Organization promoting the health and wellness benefits of animal-assisted therapy, activities, and education, and providing education and credentials for therapy animal teams. Visit petpartners.org to learn more about therapy animals and inquire about setting up therapy…

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