What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is a persistent disorder that effects a person’s ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both and includes a poor quality of sleep. A person with insomnia will generally wake up not feeling rested, which negatively impacts their ability to function throughout the day. The lack of restful sleep impacts mood and health as…

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What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, was originally developed to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder. It has now been adapted and generalized to treat a variety of areas. DBT is a therapy designed to assist people in adapting behaviors and thoughts that negatively impact their life to more healthy and appropriate ways of responding to…

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What is Depression?

Depression is a general term that refers to a symptom pattern common to a grouping of mental health disorders. Depression can refer to the symptom itself, or can be a simplified way to categorize a group of more specific conditions such as Dysthymic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder (a seasonal presentation of depression),…

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Your Mental Energy Bucket

What is your “Mental Energy Bucket”? I am a firm believer that we, as humans, hold within us a bank of mental energy. I refer to this as the “mental energy bucket.” At times, we feel our buckets are full and at other times, we feel that our bucket is depleted. Having an empty mental…

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, commonly known as CBT, is a type of psychotherapy practiced by psychologists, LCPCs, LCSWs, and other mental health practitioners. CBT is highly structured and in most cases completed in a shorter number of sessions than other types of psychotherapy. It is goal driven and helps by bringing awareness to inaccurate or negative…

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What is Client Centered Therapy?

Client Centered Therapy, also known as Person Centered Therapy, is centered around the belief that the client more often then not is capable of healing him or herself. The therapist is present to create a safe and encouraging environment for the healing process to occur in. This environment takes away the obstacles and distractions that…

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that impacts mood regulation and causes extreme mood swings leading to fluctuations between emotional highs, or mania, and lows, or depression. Depression can include the experience of sad or hopeless feelings, a loss of interest in activities, sleep and appetite disturbances, and lethargy. Mania is not the opposite of…

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What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that ranges in severity, forming a spectrum of disorders from mild (high functioning) to severe (low functioning) with a wide range of symptoms. It impairs the ability to communicate and interact socially, as well as effects behavior, thinking, interests, and activities. Every child or person with Autism will have their…

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What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD affects children and adults and includes a combination of symptoms that include difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. These symptoms may impact ability to function in school/work settings, social situation, and relationships. Some people grow out of or have lessening symptoms as they enter adulthood; however, others struggle throughout all stages of their…

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a broad spectrum of disorders, as well as being a component or symptom of several other mental disorders. Anxiety can be exhibited as distressing thoughts, physical symptoms, avoidance of specific things or places, or compulsive behaviors that negatively impact a person’s daily life. Anxiety disorders can range in severity from very mild to…

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