What is Self-Care All About?

Self-care is simply that, the act of caring for yourself. During the times we need it the most, or high stress times in our life, is when we do it the least. These self-care acts do not have to be complicated or long, but can be if that is what you need. When you become…

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What is an Eating Disorder?

WHAT IS AN EATING DISORDER?   According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition, the following are a list of symptoms that warrant a clinical diagnosis of an eating disorder.   Anorexia Nervosa: Restriction of energy intake relative to requirements leading to a significantly low body weight in the context of age, sex, developmental…

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LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER HEALTH

As a clinic, The LodeStone Center endorses and follows the guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association to expand psychology’s role in advancing health and in decreasing health disparities for the LGBT community. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning populations experience unique health disparities. Rather than lumping all of the need of these individuals…

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Self-Care for Moms

Being a mom is one of the most important and one of the most exhausting roles a woman will have in her lifetime. It is all encompassing. Moms don’t get a break from being a mom. Even when at work or out with friends, they are still a mom. It is easy to lose the…

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Tips To Improve Communication

Poor communication skills can be a major contributor to a multitude of problems including frustration, poor relationships, difficulties keeping jobs, marital conflict, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Luckily, you can learn to improve communication skills and build on your ability to express yourself clearly and effectively. Communication skills are vital in expressing yourself and getting…

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Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

Abusive relationships are all too common these days and unfortunately, it is so expected in some cases that even the people involved in the situation don’t realize that it is abusive because it is their normal. It is important to know and understand the early warning signs of abuse in order to be able to…

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Teaching Resiliency

Resilience is the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad has happened. It is the ability to overcome challenges or trauma. This is an ability that comes in varying levels in people. Some people show incredible resilience despite horrific circumstances, while others can crumble under much less. Since some people are…

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Is Happiness Attainable?

What is happiness? It wouldn’t seem that this would be a difficult question to answer, but it is possibly one of the most difficult questions there is. Everyone talks about wanting to be happy, if they are happy, who is happy, if happiness is real. But very few people actually focus on what happiness is.…

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Only The Stigma Is Crazy

About the Author:  Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Creekwood Associates in St. Charles, IL.  She is a speaker, author, and gifted therapist.  Please see below for her Call To Action. #onlythestigmaiscrazy     The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) mandated that mental health conditions be treated…

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How is CBT Used in Depression Treatment?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is one of the most effective tools in depression treatment. At it’s core, CBT assumes that a person’s mood is directly related to their patterns of thought. With this belief, it makes sense that negative or dysfunctional thinking would lead to a negative mood, sense of self, or behavior; in…

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