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The Truth(s) about Depression

  Depression isn’t an easy topic to discussion—especially for the people who live with it every day. But when suicide strikes so publicly, as in the cases of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, it inevitably sparks a conversation.  What lead them to that decision?  Was it really a choice?  In order to even try to answer

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The Psychological Side of Chronic Conditions

When your physical health is struggling, your mental health often suffers alongside it.  For most of us, this feeling is thankfully fleeting.  You have a cold, or a broken bone, and you rest to recover.  Understandably, you can become frustrated with your physical limitations, but typically that only lasts a matter of days, weeks, or

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In Response to the Parkland, FL Shooting

It’s happened again, and we can’t say we’re completely surprised (which may be the saddest commentary of all). Seventeen children and adults were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The carnage began after a fire alarm was pulled and students started leaving classrooms. That’s when police say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former

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Talking about Self-Harm

  While discussing the topic of self-harm is never an easy endeavor, if someone you care about is injuring himself or herself, it’s a conversation you may need to have.  Last year alone, nearly 2 million cases of self-injury occurred in the United States.  As a problem that predominantly affects adolescents and females, early detection

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Postpartum Depression

Becoming a mother is pivotal moment in any woman’s life—one filled with overwhelming sensations, for better and for worse.  Many people assume that because women are physiologically adapted to give birth that they have an innate maternal instinct to guide them through the trials of motherhood.  However, the reality is that motherhood is neither as

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A Note to Parents

Dear Parents: As you know, the actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life this week. The loss of any life is profound and in Mr. Williams’ case we have been perhaps more deeply affected than usual because it is hard to comprehend that someone who provided us with the joy of so much

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Seeking Help for the Invisible Wounds

Imagine if you sprained your ankle but you were too afraid to go to the doctor because if you did indeed have an injury, you might not be allowed to play at your next sporting event or theater production. If it meant your job would be on the line, would you still seek help? What

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Did you know that negative thoughts can lead to negative feelings which can then lead to negative actions? If this negative thinking is not interrupted it can lead to a person being caught in a vicious negative cycle where the negative thoughts, feelings and actions feed continued negativity and can lead to issues such as

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Childhood Depression: It’s more than just “The Blues.” by Matthew FitzGerald, M.A., M.S.

Depression is popularly understood as a persistent sadness accompanied by a disruption in sleep, eating, energy, and/or activity patterns. While the general public tends to have a good understanding of the typical adult presentation, depression in children often manifests quite differently. Childhood depression may cause symptoms of sadness or “feeling down.” Alternatively, many children suffering

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What is Depression and How Can it be Treated? By Sylvia Hanna, M.S.

Sadness is typically triggered by a particular event or series of events. Depression may or may not seem to have a specific trigger and can last for weeks, months, or even years. Clinical depression may also be accompanied by a loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, recurring thoughts of

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Why is My Child So Angry? By Dr. Nicky Lankerani

One of the most common reasons parents seek a psychiatric evaluation is that their child is having “anger problems.” This can range from mild irritation and poor frustration tolerance, to screaming/yelling/crying, to full blown rage episodes involving destruction of property and physical aggression. Although most people associate excessive anger with bipolar disorder, anger can also

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