Five Ways to Stay Motivated and Achieve Your Goals

December 7, 2016

Let’s face it: this is the day and age of instant gratification. You want a coffee, order it on your app, and pick it up in 2 minutes. You want a book you heard about, it’ll be at your door in 24-48 hours. No one has to wait for anything anymore. Thus, staying motivated is getting harder and harder as

4 Smart Ways to Find Your Passion When You Feel Unmotivated  

November 2, 2016

When apathy overwhelms your senses, searching for passion is likely the absolute last thing on your mind. You may find that just navigating daily life zaps all of your remaining energy and drive. Unfortunately, allowing this cyclical pattern to continue can leave you trapped in a world devoid of color. You can break out of apathy and regain true motivation

What is Project Semicolon About?

July 28, 2015

A new trend has been sweeping those who have ever considered, thought about, or attempted suicide. It’s the semicolon symbol (;), and it’s being tattooed as a statement of continuation. This is known as Project Semicolon. Project Semicolon has a simple mission statement: “A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. That author is

Healing with Art for Beginners

June 19, 2015

  You may have heard of Art Therapy – a type of psychotherapy that encourages the expression of emotions through artistic activities, such as painting, drawing, or sculpture. This psychotherapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life-enhancing ( Art can be an excellent tool for healing, beyond just

Overcoming Depression: Daniel’s Story

April 13, 2015

Not long ago, on a nice sunny day in south Florida, I sat on the edge of my bed, pen and paper in hand, and began to write. I wrote about my life: the trials and tribulations of my despair, my desperate quest for inner peace, and an announcement that I had given up on the fight. I was preparing

Is it Sadness or Depression?

February 5, 2015

Sadness vs. Depression It is not uncommon in our society for the terms sadness and depression to be used interchangeably. However, not only is this inaccurate, but it also diminishes and belittles the severity of depression. In working here OPI’s residential treatment program, I have seen and treated many young adults suffering from depression, and the symptoms go far beyond

Pet Therapy: The Healing Power of a Pet

November 20, 2014

What is pet therapy?  Take a moment and think about your favorite current or childhood pet. Doesn’t it just put a smile on your face and give you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside? What many people don’t realize is how much we, as humans, gain from our pets and how owning and caring for a pet can actually help

A Prescription for Happiness (Ben’s Story) Part II

October 2, 2014

Click HERE to read the Part 1 of this article. Living a life you love may seem like a luxury to some. For Ben, it is not. For those with serious depression, it is the difference between stumbling through the week and confidently showing up for the daily tasks of life. It is the difference between staying in bed and

How to Reclaim Your Inner Joy (Even in Times of Grief)

August 27, 2014

We can’t really truly, fairly, and in dignity, comment on the suffering of another human being. It is impossible to know the unique and detailed experience of another, and to speculate about it is, in the grand scheme of things, counterproductive. So what can we do when we hear about a tragic event that moves us in intensely emotional ways

The Healing Power of a Good Laugh

September 24, 2013

Alisa Foreman, MA, MFT, Director of Outpatient Services at OPI, explains why genuine, prolonged laughter doesn’t just make us feel better in the moment, but also helps to heal our bodies and psyches. Think back to a time where you had a good laugh. I don’t just mean a quick “ha-ha” laugh, I mean a “can’t-catch-your-breath, tears-rolling-down-your-face, pee-in-your-pants” kind of


March 1, 2012

Depression is an extremely common psychiatric disorder and affects up to 25% of people at some point during their lifetime. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often initially diagnosed as major depression, and these disorders frequently occur together. Depression and BPD are both conditions that cause problems in interpersonal relationships as people struggle with mood fluctuations, impulsivity, and painfully distorted judgements