A Brief Look into Self-Harm

One in four young women and one in ten young men in high school in the US self-harm. Those that are ignorant to the phenomenon wrongly believe this is just attention-seeking behavior, but research has shown it goes far beyond simply looking for attention.

The reality is that those who self-harm are doing so because they need a release from emotional pain. Unfortunately, this is not always recognized by the people around them.

Familiarize yourself with self-harm facts, so you’re not only more informed, but more ready to support someone who does engage in self-harming behaviors.

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The Three Main Phases of Treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury

Every year, about 2.5 million people will suffer a traumatic brain injury. Out of those, 80,000 develop life-long disabilities.

If you know someone with a TBI, then you’re likely wondering how they’ll recover.

Brain injury recovery isn’t something that happens overnight. It will take time and persistence to re-learn the skills needed to be independent again.

Here are the three main phases of treatment for brain injuries.

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How to Cope with Loss and Learn to Grieve

Many people have heard of the five stages of grief model.

However, this model is very basic, and doesn’t encompass all of the additional feelings that grief brings. It also implies that grief follows a concrete timeline.

If you’re dealing with loss, a model like this may seem helpful. However, it’s better to learn ways to grieve, rather than rely on a model or timeline to dictate your feelings.

Here are some ways you can learn to grieve and deal with your loss in a healthy way.

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How to Spot, Recognize, and Treat, a High-Functioning Alcoholic

A 2018 survey revealed that 86% of adults have consumed alcohol at some point in their lives. With those kinds of numbers, is it any surprise that alcohol is one of the most socially acceptable drugs?

A high-functioning alcoholic doesn’t fit the classic stereotype. They might be successful at work and have a lot of healthy relationships, which leads people to believe that they don’t have a problem when in fact they do.

Despite being embraced by society, alcohol is unhealthy when you drink it in excess. Do you find yourself having several alcoholic drinks throughout the week? Does your loved one drink even while on the job?

Let’s further discuss how to recognize and treat high-functioning alcoholism.

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Help Them Help You: How to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Have you recently started going to therapy or are you thinking about seeing a therapist?

Whether you’re seeking counsel because you suffer from a certain mental illness, or you’re just looking for someone to talk to, therapy can change your life.

However, if you want therapy to change your life, you need to put in the work. Therapy isn’t just about the therapist helping you, it’s about you helping yourself.
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How to Handle Cyberbullying: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child

How to Handle Cyberbullying: What You Need to Know to Help Your Child

With bullying running so rampant through schools, many parents don’t think about the threats that are coming in through their child’s phone. 1 in 3 children will experience some form of cyber threat during their life.

Cyberbullying has the potential to be much more harmful than physical bullying because it doesn’t stop. Most children have access to a phone or a computer, so they’re always vulnerable to attack.

It can be hard to know how to handle cyberbullying, because it can follow your child around in their pocket. It can still be done though, as long as you are paying attention.
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Tips to Help You Find the Right EMDR Therapist

Back in 1987, Dr. Francine Shapiro discovered a method for reducing the intensity of distressing memories. This method involved the use of rapid eye movement to alternately stimulate the left and right side of the brain.

Today, this method is known as EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. EMDR therapy is effective for treating symptoms of both acute and chronic PTSD.

Now, if you’re looking for a certified EMDR therapist, it helps to pick the right clinician. Here, we’ll talk about how you can find the best EMDR therapist in your area.
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The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Exercise

The Mental and Emotional Benefits of Exercise

How often do you exercise? As a general rule, you want to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
Not only will that strengthen your heart, but it’ll also lower your risk of various diseases such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and heart disease.

Exercise is not just good for the body, it’s good for the mind as well. Here are six things exercising can do for your mental health.
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How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Your Family

Mental illness and familial dysfunction are common in the United States. The most recent statistics reveal that over 45 million American adults have some form of mental illness, with 11 million of those people suffering severe mental illness. 

Many people grow up in difficult and dysfunctional homes where communication is poor. Family members can be too intrusive. 

Setting boundaries with family is a key area in learning how to live your best, most authentic life. Boundary setting is a necessary act of self-care that’s also an act of compassion for others within your relationships. 

Did you grow up in a difficult home situation? You may have problems setting boundaries with parents and other family members. This can carry over into all your relationships.  The inability to set boundaries is often intertwined with co-dependency. You deserve healthy relationships, and setting boundaries is key.

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The Link Between Social Isolation and Addiction

Loneliness, social isolation, mental illness, and addiction often go hand-in-hand. Alcoholism is a known risk factor of loneliness. Studies show that social isolation is as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

The link between social isolation and addiction comes when people substitute chemicals for healthy relationships. It’s one of the reasons addicts need a healthy support system to recover from active addiction. 

Let’s go over some information about the link between social isolation and addiction. 

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