Behavioral Health

| 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 26, 2021 | By:

Staying Connected to Others and Each Other

During the winter months, it continues to be important to stay connected to family and friends, either virtually or through proper physical distancing. This may be more challenging for children who have been taken out of their usual social interactions both in and out of school. It is expected that your child may have some apprehension or nervousness about reconnecting with friends and peers. However, finding ways to have safe social interaction is essential for their emotional well-being.

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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 Jan 07, 2021 | By:

The Benefits of Developing Routine and Structure

Routine and structure are a part of our daily life. For children and teenagers, having a predictable daily routine helps not only with organization but also with emotional regulation and behavioral control. Prior to the pandemic, we all had well-established routines in our daily lives. With the restrictions related to COVID-19, marked changes to these routines have occurred, and the familiar structure of school and work have shifted or disappeared.

It can feel challenging to know where to start or how to establish a structure or routine.

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| Posted On Jan 05, 2021 | By:

What Kind of Goals Would You Like to Achieve?

When it comes to setting goals, chances are you’ve heard about the importance of setting goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If you’re able to answer “yes” to each of the following questions, you’ll know you’ve set a SMART goal.

SMART Goals

Let’s go through an example. Say you’re interested in becoming more health-conscious, and you’d like to “eat a healthier diet.”

  • Specific – Does your goal use action words to state what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it?
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| Posted On Dec 15, 2020 | By:

Who Wears Masks? Superheroes!

Some kids are in school full-time or in a hybrid model, and some may be attending daycare while parents are working. Initially, the new normal of wearing a mask may have been a difficult process for them to understand. By now, most children are quite used to the experience. For those still struggling, it’s critical to validate their frustration and irritation while also gently yet firmly reminding them of the need to continue the practice of wearing a mask.

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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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| Posted On Dec 26, 2019 | By:

Our Top Health Blogs of 2019

As we look forward to a healthy 2020, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of 2019. Here’s a quick summary in case you happened to miss any of them!

Six Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Blood Pressure
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your provider may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. It’s important that you take your medication regularly and as instructed.

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