How Covid Has Also Become A Mental Health Pandemic

Understanding the impact COVID-19 had on mental health sheds a big light on future steps for prevention, intervention, and recovery. Mental health services were already overstretched before the pandemic and the need for more services climbed significantly a few months after quarantine regulations were put into effect. It’s also important to point out the strides the mental health community made...[ read more ]

Why Validation is Important in Relationships

Everyone requires a different type of validation whether it’s emotional, behavioral, cognitive, or a combination of all three. In relationships, validation can increase intimacy and allow you and your partner to bond and grow closer. Couples who regularly incorporate validation are more likely to feel more supported and experience higher satisfaction in their relationship. More importantly, constant validation fosters trust...[ read more ]

How to Respond to People Who Cannot Accept Your Decision to Be Childfree

There are numerous factors that contribute to being childfree, choice and circumstance being two main themes. Sometimes infertility or adoption attempts can prevent someone from having children while other times, people simply decide parenthood isn’t what they want. Either scenario has started conversations surrounding whether it is appropriate to ask strangers, family, or friends why they don’t have kids. The...[ read more ]

How Does C-PTSD Differ From PTSD?

Traumatic experiences affect us all differently and can leave lasting physical and psychological marks. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a more commonly known mental health condition that can develop after an individual is involved in a traumatic event, such as a serious accident or a physical/sexual assault. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) differs from PTSD in that it develops after...[ read more ]

Defining Food Anxiety And How to Spot It

We make millions of decisions surrounding food every day: What should I make for dinner? Should I order out? Is my meal healthy enough? It is important to think about what we’re putting in our bodies, but food anxiety can form when you become preoccupied with the consequences of eating certain foods. Negative relationships with food, a negative self-image regarding...[ read more ]

Missing People You Don’t Hear About

Coping with the craze of the Gabby Petito case while missing POC go ignored. True crime shows have grown in popularity in recent years but when a case unfolds in real time, the media attention that case receives can seem disproportionate when compared to the hundreds of cases that go relatively unnoticed in the eyes of the public. The disappearance...[ read more ]

Healing from Medical Trauma & Prejudice

When you think about undergoing a medical procedure, you may be nervous about the outcome. Typically, you prepare to be discharged with some soreness, maybe a cast or a few stitches but not many think about the possibility of leaving with medical trauma. Medical trauma is defined as a set of psychological and physiological responses to pain, injury, serious illness,...[ read more ]

5 Ways to Effectively Manage Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you know that awful feeling when heart races, you start to sweat, and you feel like you just want to run. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States, affecting roughly 40 million adults. While anxiety can feel debilitating, there...[ read more ]

3 Steps to Self-Compassion

“God, you can be so stupid sometimes.”“Why would he be attracted to YOU?”“You’re just going to screw this up.”These are things you would probably never say to another human being unless you’re a real jerk. But how many of us have that inner critic that says these kinds of things all the time.Most of us treat ourselves far more harshly...[ read more ]

3 Reasons to Stay Single (At Least For a While) After a Breakup

“Try, try again…”“Dust yourself off and start all over again…”“Get right back on that horse…”These are just some of the common phrases we use to support the idea that trying something after it didn’t go so well the first time is a good idea. And in many instances, this is the right attitude. But there is something to be said...[ read more ]

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