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The Self-Deprecation Spiral: Understanding its Effects on Mental Health

Self-deprecation is a common defense mechanism used by many people. It’s that inner voice that tells us we’re not good enough, that we’re failures, and that we don’t deserve happiness or success. It’s a harmful pattern of thinking and speaking negatively about ourselves. While a little self-critique can be healthy and motivating, constant self-deprecation can…

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A Guide to OCD: Effective Therapies for Coping and Managing Symptoms

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex and often debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. While the term “OCD” is often used casually to describe a penchant for tidiness or orderliness, the true nature of the disorder goes far beyond these stereotypes. In this blog, we’ll delve deep into the intricacies of…

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Overcoming FOMO Anxiety

FOMO at Its Core In today’s ultra-connected world, the fear of missing out (FOMO) has become an increasingly prevalent source of anxiety. FOMO anxiety arises from the constant need to stay connected, be present in multiple spaces simultaneously, and fear that missing out on experiences will lead to social exclusion. This phenomenon can negatively impact…

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How to Manage Social Anxiety After Experiencing Seasonal Depression

Who does Seasonal Depression affect?   There are 10 million Americans that experience seasonal depression each year. The symptoms of this disorder can include: · Loss of appetite. · Change in sleeping habits. · Lack of interest in activities. · A lack of energy. Seasonal depression can be challenging for those who experience it, and easing…

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OCD: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

What is OCD?   OCD is a common, chronic, long-term disorder whereby an individual has uncontrollable, recurring thoughts of a deep need to repeat particular behaviors over and over again. OCD impacts all areas of life and can be extremely debilitating. Oftentimes, someone will describe themselves as “a little bit OCD” and that is typically not…

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What is Motivational Interviewing?

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What motivates you? Is it love? Is it money? Is it a connection? Family? Success? Or something else? What if you could use the thing that motivates you the most as a way to treat depression or anxiety? With something called motivational interviewing, it’s possible. Motivational interviewing is a style of communication that’s intended to…

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Benefits of Combining Therapy and Psychiatry in Mental Health Treatment

Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Milk and cookies. These are just a few “dynamic duos” that just go together. It’s time to add therapy and psychiatry into the mix, too. Often mistaken for being the same thing, therapy and psychiatry are two different types of mental health treatments and have very specific purposes.…

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Does TMS Work for Depression?

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TMS is a term that is becoming increasingly more popular. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a method of non-invasive brain stimulation used to treat depression. If you suffer from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and have tried multiple antidepressant medications with no sign of relief, TMS therapy might be a good fit for you. What…

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder prescription

Bipolar disorder treatment Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes noticeable shifts in energy, mood, activity, and concentration. In the past, it was known as manic-depressive illness or manic depression because moods can go back and forth between the two. When feeling your best, you may experience mania or hypomania that results in tons…

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