Restoring Hope

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June 23, 2016

Many who have been hiding behind learned hopelessness have come to wear an armor, more so than just a mask.  As a therapist, I first have to let my client know I see the armor and honor it.  I validate that, along the way, they believed they needed it in order to protect themselves from real or perceived hurt.  I

Your Childhood Narrative and How it Defines You  

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May 5, 2016

  Having a rough or difficult childhood can leave young adults (typically between the ages of 17 and 28) really struggling to find themselves and to get past the pain they have experienced. That pain doesn’t have to be physical — more often, it’s mental or emotional pain that they have to carry with them, and they may not know

Why People Self-Diagnose (and Why You Shouldn’t)  

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April 26, 2016
Why People Self-Diagnose (and Why You Shouldn’t)  

Humans, especially those in the modern age, have always been obsessed with understanding themselves better. It is this thirst for self-exploration that guides sciences like psychology, biology, and anthropology. It’s common to hear someone casually calling himself manic or OCD or antisocial. Thanks to the internet and the limited amount of time most people get to spend actually discussing health

Incorrect Initial Diagnosis – What Went Wrong?  

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April 21, 2016

The incidences of disorders such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism continue to rise. Regardless of which one you are dealing with, chances are that you have been misdiagnosed at some point or another along your journey to obtaining the right treatment. Incorrect diagnoses can be extremely frustrating, as well as discouraging when it comes to finding the right kind of treatment

Avoiding Becoming Your Diagnoses

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April 19, 2016

When you are diagnosed with a mental health issue, such as Bipolar Disorder, OCD, an eating disorder, or Asperger’s, it can be a challenge to not allow these labels to become part of your identity. After all, they often seem like a huge part of who you are because the symptoms can affect the way that other people — from

Are Mental Health Issues “Contagious”?

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June 19, 2015

One of the most common concerns I hear from family members calling to get information about residential care for loved ones is “I don’t want my loved one ( son/daughter/niece/nephew) to spiral further in the mental illness because of other participants.” When I hear this, I often reassure the family member that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that their

You are More Than Your Diagnosis: Finding & Pursuing Your Passions

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December 3, 2014
You are More Than Your Diagnosis: Finding & Pursuing Your Passions

If you or a loved one are considering admission into a young adult mental health residential treatment center, then you have already taken the first step towards a brighter future; however, not all treatment centers are created equally. There are places out there where the individual talents and aspirations of the young adult participants are not taken into account during