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Mental Health and COVID-19

Mental Health and COVID-19

If you have felt more anxious, depressed, or generally unwell since the pandemic, you are not alone. Between 40 to 55 percent of adults in the U.S. are reported to have experienced a negative impact on their mental health since the emergence of the novel coronavirus....
Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It’s the middle of summer, and for many that means school’s out, the grass is green, and it’s time to hit the beach with friends and family. But for some, summer can be the most challenging time of year. The beach is too hot and sunscreen is...
Politics, Movements, And The Emotions They Bring Out

Politics, Movements, And The Emotions They Bring Out

During an election season, it’s easy to find yourself emotionally wrung out, especially during times when our country’s politics become more partisan than usual. Add to that the emotions created by movements like #metoo and the new attention on feelings that many...
Starting College And Feeling Stress? You’re Not Alone.

Starting College And Feeling Stress? You’re Not Alone.

Psychologists have identified about a dozen key life events that can create tremendous stress. Guess one that’s near the top of the list: Starting college. Going to college is exciting—and a little terrifying for many people. It may be the first time someone is living...
Opioid Addiction and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Opioid Addiction and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

  There’s been much in the news recently about the overuse of opioid medications in the U.S. and those who have become physically dependent or addicted to pain medications as well as other substances such as alcohol. The gravest consequence of misusing opioids is...
Why All The Medicine Ads?

Why All The Medicine Ads?

What do you think when you see a commercial on TV for a prescription medication? Does it make you want to ask your healthcare provider about it? Do you even remember the drug after the next commercial has played? Called direct-to-consumer (or DTC) advertising, the...
For Halloween Costumes, Be Careful Not To Trigger Wrong Reaction

For Halloween Costumes, Be Careful Not To Trigger Wrong Reaction

Few Halloween costumes are completely politically correct. But there are lines that can be crossed when it comes to holiday attire. Mental health professionals caution people that when choosing a costume, look at not just what might generate giggles (or interest from...

When Spring Promise Proves To Be A Burden

For most people, the promise of spring is a time of excitement and optimism. Blooming flowers, new leaves, and the world coming back to life are signals of renewal and growth. But what if the re-emergence of spring doesn’t make you feel hopeful?  What if it has...

Mad About Glitter

When Adult Anger Is A Problem—And When It Can Be A Positive In the last week or so, there’s been plenty of discussion online about a website called shipyourenemiesglitter.com. When stories about it went viral, the popularity of the site blew up, to the point where it...

Feeling Happy About SAD: How To Manage Seasonal Affective Disorder

Feeling more than a little sluggish and blue? It may be more than just winter boredom. Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD affects an estimated 6% of the US population, primarily in Northern climates. As days grow shorter less exposure to daylight and sunshine in the...