3May, 2016
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The 4 Benefits of an IOP You’ve Never Heard About

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Although it is possible to recover from drugs and alcohol with inpatient treatment alone, adding an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to your aftercare plan can help you build a stronger foundation for your recovery. Generally, an IOP requires patients to attend three-hour group therapy sessions, three to five days a week. With a strong commitment and an open mind, an IOP can benefit you in a number of fantastic ways—not just in recovery, but in life in general. Here are four benefits of attending an IOP after inpatient rehab that […]
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23Feb, 2016
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About Play Therapy

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Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Play is a child’s language. Adolescents and adults use languages like English, Spanish, French to express themselves. However, no matter what verbal language children speak, children express themselves best through their natural language—the language of play. In the playroom, toys, games and activities are used like words. Children are provided therapeutic toys to enable them to say with the toys what they have difficulty saying with words…. They can use dolls, puppets, paints, or other toys to say what […]
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18Feb, 2016
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11 Facts About Bullying

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Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester. Take a stand in your community by hosting a Bullying Policy Makeover event customizing your school’s anti-bullying policy. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. By age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their […]
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17Feb, 2016
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11 Facts About the Mental Health of Our Troops

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Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (aka PTSD, an anxiety disorder that follows experiencing a traumatic event) are the most common mental health problems faced by returning troops. The most common symptoms of PTSD include: difficulty concentrating, lack of interest/apathy, feelings of detachment, loss of appetite, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, and sleep disturbances (lack of sleep, oversleeping. Post-traumatic stress disorder is diagnosed after several weeks of continued symptoms. In about 11 to 20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) have been diagnosed […]
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28Jan, 2016
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10 Facts About Mental Health and Aging

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As many as one in five older adults experience mental health concerns that are not a normal part of aging – the most common of which are anxiety or mood disorders including depression. In most cases, these mental health issues respond well to treatment. Sadly, far too often older adults do not seek or receive the help they need. Undiagnosed and untreated, mental health illnesses have serious implications for older adults and their loved ones. That’s why it’s important to understand these “10 Facts You Need to Know About Mental […]
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25Jan, 2016
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Eating Disorders: About More Than Food

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What are eating disorders? The eating disorders anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, and their variants, all feature serious disturbances in eating behavior and weight regulation. They are associated with a wide range of adverse psychological, physical, and social consequences. A person with an eating disorder may start out just eating smaller or larger amounts of food, but at some point, their urge to eat less or more spirals out of control. Severe distress or concern about body weight or shape, or extreme efforts to manage weight or food […]
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19Jan, 2016
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Should you tell your child the truth about Santa? A psychologist’s view

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While most people agree that it is bad practice to lie to children, most parents will make an exception when it comes to Santa Claus, the roly-poly, white-bearded philanthropist who visits at this time of year with a sleighload of gifts. Of course, not everyone’s a fan – some oppose the Santa myth on religious grounds. Others dread the day when their child inevitably learns – usually from other children – that Santa (spoiler alert!) isn’t real. Others, however, reflect joyfully on their childhood Christmas experiences, and hope to recapture […]
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