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What Is Mental Illness?

Mental illness is, first and foremost, an illness. Too often, it’s treated as something to be feared or laughed at: Historical trends of opening mental hospitals to public tourism, with little concern for patient privacy or dignityHalloween attractions with “asylum horror” themesTV dramas featuring “insane” serial killersJokes along the lines...


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Warning Signs of Mental Illness

While mental health issues like depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may not manifest in outward symptoms, the inner turmoil they create can be debilitating. To make matters worse, people living with untreated mental illnesses often struggle to get the correct diagnosis and treatment plan that will improve their quality...


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What Do Mental Health Centers Do?

Over 25 percent of the U. S. adult population suffers from one or more mental health disorders, yet such struggles are frequently ignored, dismissed or stigmatized. Many people delay seeking treatment because they’re ashamed of their illness; because they don’t understand that treatment is for people still functioning as well...


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Women Pioneers in Mental Health

Women’s contributions have advanced many fields, often despite sexism forcing them to work behind the scenes. Historically, fiercely determined and compassionate women have made great strides in psychology, counseling and social work. In honor of Women’s History Month all March, who are some of the most pioneering women in...


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Subtle Signs of an Eating Disorder

According to the Eating Disorders Coalition, 30 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their life. However, despite the prevalence of these conditions, it can sometimes be challenging to spot when someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder. That’s not only because there’s...


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The Dangers of Romanticizing an Addiction

Making peace with your past so you can grow and thrive is an essential part of recovering from a substance use disorder and any related mental health challenges. However, when you look back on the history of your problematic relationship with alcohol or drugs, there’s a risk you might...


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Pandemic Parenting: How to Manage Your Anxiety for Your Kids

It’s been almost a full year since COVID-19 began sweeping the globe, causing many of us to take unprecedented safety measures to curb viral spread in our communities. Widespread school closures required parents to take on teaching and coaching roles, on top of their other daily duties. For parents,...


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Our Behavioral Health Predictions for 2021

Though 2020 brought us many unexpected trials and challenges, it also gave people some things to be grateful for. One example of this is a renewed focus on health and well-being. The pandemic taught us about the need to follow expert guidelines from the CDC to avoid spreading illness...


seasonal affective disorder

Can You Get Seasonal Affective Disorder in SoCal?

If you find yourself always feeling lethargic, sad or depressed during specific times of the year, you could have a condition called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. SAD occurs with a change in the seasons. Many people who have this mental health challenge experience symptoms in the fall and...


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Personal Growth Strategies You Can Use During COVID-19

Personal growth is a journey worth pursuing at any phase of life, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Though some pundits have dubbed 2020 a “lost year” due to the many opportunities taken off the table by this novel coronavirus, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn and become a more...