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Archive: February 2022

Exposure Therapy: What Is It?

Posted on February 14, 2022

Defining Exposure Therapy: A Psychological Treatment utilized to assist people in confronting their fears.  Rationale: “When people are fearful of something, they tend to avoid the feared objects, activities or situations. Although this avoidance might help reduce feelings of fear in the short term, over the long term it can make the fear become even worse.” Continue Reading »

Burnout: Definition, Causes, Signs, & What Should You Do When Experiencing It?

Posted on February 10, 2022

Defining Burnout (www.helpguide.org): “Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.” What Causes Burnout? (webmd.com & mayoclinic.org) Unmanageable workloads Work-life imbalance Unfair treatment at work Lack of social support Confusing work responsibilities Lack of Continue Reading »

What Can Therapy Do For You?

Posted on January 28, 2022

Therapy has effectively helped millions of people. What, specifically, can therapy do for you? Retrieved from Healthline.com & Coe College 1.) Help improve communication skills 2.) Help you feel empowered 3.) Empower you to develop fresh insights about your life 4.) Learn how to make healthier choices 5.) Develop coping strategies to manage distress 6.) Continue Reading »

Anxiety: Symptoms, Interventions, & When To See A Mental Health Professional

Posted on January 27, 2022

Brief Overview: Anxiety can be thought of as, “A sense of uneasiness, nervousness, worry, fear, or dread of what’s about to happen or what might happen” (KidsHealth.org). Experiencing anxiety before and/or during a stressful event is normal – so many do. Symptoms (Mayo Clinic): Feeling nervous, restless or tense Having an increased heart rate Breathing Continue Reading »

Sleep & Mental Health

Posted on January 7, 2022

You may be asking… What does sleep have to do with mental health? Well, thank you for asking! Sleep and mental health are, in fact, intertwined.  The Mental Health Foundation says, “We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is essential – It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, Continue Reading »

Tips for Test Anxiety

Posted on January 4, 2022

Experiencing test anxiety? You’re not alone! Before delving into some tips, let us define test anxiety: “Test anxiety is a feeling of agitation and distress associated with test taking, which impacts your ability to study or perform on the test. Some anxiety is natural and helps to keep you mentally and physically alert, but too Continue Reading »

How To Start Your New Year Off Right!

Posted on December 27, 2021

2022 is right around the corner! Below, find ten tips on how to start your New Year off right — from Dr. Lena Pearlman, LCSW. 1.) Prioritize Yourself (put your mask on first) 2.) Find something to be grateful for every day. 3.) Take mindful breaths (one minute equals seven full breaths – do this Continue Reading »

The Role of a Psychiatrist & How to Prepare

Posted on December 13, 2021

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who did special training in psychiatric diseases and medications. A psychiatrist will meet with a patient between every three weeks and three months to ensure the medications prescribed are working – as well as addressing any negative symptoms and/or side effects. How to talk with your psychiatrist… Go in Continue Reading »

Gift Ideas For Christmas (Through The Lens Of Mental Health)!

Posted on December 6, 2021

Nora Roberts said, “Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too sad when you’ve got a Christmas tree in the living room”. Undoubtedly, when the tree lights up, so do the faces of those that stand around it. I don’t know about you, but my favorite part are the gifts that sit underneath! Looking Continue Reading »