Bipolar Disorder

Jessica is a 32-year-old nurse, who presents to her primary care provider complaining of frequent headaches, irritable bowel, insomnia, and depressed mood.  She takes no medication and has never abused substances.  Her only mental health issue has been a single depressive episode when she was a college freshman, which was alleviated by going to therapy. […]

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Attachment Issues

Attachment Issues Attachment issues develop when children are over/under attached to others.  Often, attachment disorders can present by a child lacking the proper attachment to their parents/caregivers.  Conversely, attachment disorders can present when a child lacks boundaries with strangers.  Although attachment issues typically develop before the age of 5, symptoms of them can carry into

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Art Therapy

   Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, facilitated by a trained Art Therapist, that combines the creative process of art making with the theories of psychology. Creating art can, in-and-of itself, be a form of self-expression and healing. But it can also be used as a tool to facilitate verbal communication and to help

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Body Image Issues

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.  In America, roughly 1 to 2 percent of the general population has Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  That’s nearly 5 million people in the United States alone (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).  Although there

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Childhood Sexual Abuse

Case Study Tim is a 24 year old male. He recently completed his Bachelor’s degree, and has engulfed himself in studies until graduation, then entered an emotional tailspin.  Tim reported being very depressed for several months, including thoughts of suicide.  He had a recent psychiatric hospital stay for 3 days, after which he entered therapy

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Nature and Mental Health

Environment can play a huge roll in a person’s emotional well-being.  An unpleasant environment can often evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, or helplessness.  Being in nature, however, can result in the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress.  Even viewing pictures of nature can produce this calming effect.  In a study done by Mind, it was

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Screen Dependence

Screen dependence is becoming more and more present in today’s technological age.  Dr. David Greenfield says, “Internet and portable devices have a healthy role to play in our information age. However, the very nature of the internet also lends itself to overuse and abuse, encouraging behaviors that are counter productive, isolating and disruptive to ourselves,

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