Behavioral Health

| Posted On Dec 06, 2022 | By:

Winter Activities in New England

It’s that time of the year in New England when the weather is crisp and the days are short. By the time 5 pm rolls around, it can feel like bedtime. Cold weather, darker evenings, and cold and flu season can make you want to stay indoors until spring. Not to mention, the change in weather can lead to what many call seasonal affective disorder or the winter blues.

It can be challenging to find a reason to get off your couch,

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| Posted On Nov 29, 2022 | By:

The Gift of Getting Enough Sleep During the Holidays

We are all working so hard this time of the year to get everything done on time for the holidays. Trying to squeeze in holiday commitments like shopping, cooking, late-night events, or attending to the never-ending to-do list, can all add up. The pressure of making the holidays special can certainly throw a wrench in our sleep routine.

So, what is it that has us not sleeping well during this joyous time of the year?

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| Posted On Oct 04, 2022 | By:

Protect Your Teen From Cyberbullying

Bullying is a form of repeated and confrontational behavior in which someone purposefully tries to intimidate, harm, or humiliate someone they see as vulnerable. Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal.

Cyberbullying is bullying using electronic devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. It encompasses a wide variety of inappropriate online behavior, including sending, posting, replying, or commenting in a negative, harmful, or hurtful way about another individual. Cyberbullying commonly occurs among school-aged children on social media apps (e.g.,

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| Posted On Aug 29, 2022 | By:

Using Self-Talk to Adjust Your Thoughts

From reflections about ourselves to perceptions of our world and others, thoughts are a focus – and fuel – of the typical therapy process.

Thoughts exert a powerful influence over our lived experiences. Yet when we struggle and seek support (professional or otherwise), feelings and actions are also common causes.

Whether or not we live with a mental health disorder, our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are very closely connected. What we think about the world shapes our emotional experience of it,

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| Posted On May 26, 2022 | By:

Managing Tantrums in School-Aged Children

Although tantrums are not uncommon for children under the age of three, they can be hard to witness and a challenge to handle. Once a child reaches elementary school, parents and caretakers may be concerned if tantrums continue.

In older children, tantrums can present in many ways, including difficulty adjusting to changes in expectations, extreme emotions in response to external stimuli, and the inability to handle frustrations without exploding. These unplanned outbursts of anger or frustration can be triggered as a response to anxiety or a child having trouble putting their feelings into words.

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| Posted On May 12, 2022 | By:

Using Alcohol to Cope With Stress

The last two years have been a rollercoaster for most of us. Even among the most financially stable Americans, mask mandates, school closures, health concerns, and vaccine hesitancy have made for some taxing dinner table conversations. Social isolation, unemployment, financial stressors, and fear of infection and death have contributed to rising levels of anxiety and depression. As if we needed another thing to stress about!

How do we cope with these rising stress levels?

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| Posted On Apr 27, 2022 | By:

Managing Stress as We Emerge From COVID-19

If stress is an essential feature of modern life, the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded and exacerbated its impacts. In an American Psychological Association study published last October, 63 percent of U.S. adults reported stress due to pandemic-related uncertainty. In that same survey, nearly a third reported feeling so overwhelmed by the pandemic that they struggled to make even minor decisions, while about half said planning for the future seemed virtually impossible.

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2022 | By:

Sleepless Nights: Healthy Ways to Conquer Insomnia

Difficulty sleeping, called insomnia, is a common and frustrating problem. If you’re not sleeping well at night, you will not be at your best during the daytime.

Insomnia makes everything worse. It can lead to fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, loss of memory, and poor concentration. It can also impair the immune system, leading to a broad range of medical problems. If people are sleep-deprived for several days, they can even develop hallucinations, paranoid thoughts,

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| Posted On Jan 12, 2021 | By:

Jaw Pain: Temporary Stress or a Joint Disorder?

Balancing personal responsibilities, keeping up with loved ones, and staying healthy can be difficult, especially as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. For many people, it’s common for stress and anxiety to manifest through physical symptoms. Sometimes, this stress can cause you to clench or grind your teeth, which can lead to more serious issues if left untreated.

Teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism, is a common condition that affects the mouth,

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2020 | By:

What’s Getting in the Way of Weight Loss?

As a psychologist who works with people struggling with weight issues, I spend a lot of time thinking about the relationship between emotions and food. If you have gained some extra pounds during the COVID pandemic, I have some suggestions about how to deal with weight gain based on your thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Some ways we think about our weight and ourselves are helpful, but others can work against you.

Patients often tell me that they don’t see themselves as emotional eaters,

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