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Mental Health Break

September 29, 2022

Perhaps there really is someone coming into grandpa’s room at night? Maybe the cleaning people moved some things around in his drawers. Is he getting calls from "a lawyer in Texas" who needs him to send gift card information over the phone to "get his nephew out of jail?" We might make excuses, or ...

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Now, what did I come in here for? Should I be concerned or is this normal?  How often have you walked into a room only to forget entirely why you went in there? We all have moments like this. Is it part of normal aging? Is it a sign of too much on your mind? Or is something more serious going ...

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September is Healthy Ageing Month and World Alzheimer's Awareness Month and holds World Alzheimer's Day (September 21, 2022).  Additionally, the United Nations has declared 2021-2030 The Decade of Healthy Ageing.  The main catalyst for this is due to the rapid demographic change taking place ...

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Summit has been the home for my business for 30 years!  I have a long attachment to the city, which is why I care so deeply for the people who live and work here. Unfortunately, Summit and our surrounds is not impervious to one of the world’s worst public health crises. Millions of Americans ...

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As an addiction specialist, I am frequently asked the question, “Why do I need to be in therapy, it’s my (fill in the blank) who is the alcoholic/ addict”. Other times, I am asked by someone, “Am I a Codependent?”, or “What is Codependency?”.   January 2022, National Co-dependency Awareness Month, ...

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Over the last 30 years, I have specialized in providing individual and group psychotherapy to clients who wanted to recover from alcohol and substance abuse, as well as helping their families. This is a specialty which I came by very honestly! As a member of the recovering community myself, it ...

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There is no justification for tolerating bullies! National Bullying Prevention Month is every October, and the third Wednesday of October (20th, 2021) is highlighted as “Unity Day”.  At Summit Psychological Services we are constantly seeing the negative impact of bullying on children, teens, ...

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In April 2020, the United States and the rest of the world shut down to stay safe from COVID-19.  Shelter at home orders were instituted and allowed residents only to conduct essential activities.  States relaxed alcohol laws to support businesses and restaurants.  Adults were able to order alcohol ...

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“A third of US adults report that they usually get less than the recommended amount of sleep. Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep can ...

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Over the last 25 years or more, I have been fortunate to meet hundreds of boys and men of all ages in my work as a Psychotherapist.  I cannot adequately express what a privilege it is to have had this experience.  It has unequivocally altered, shaped and grown my understanding of what it is to “be ...

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As many of you reading this may already know, raising teens and launching young adults are two tasks which are already difficult.  Some of the difficulties include: setting limits without being over-controlling;  encouraging without being judgmental;  supporting without ...

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The purpose of this article is not to criticize Telehealth or Zoom meetings.  On the contrary. There are so many important benefits to virtual meetings(1), not the least of which is the ability to stay connected during this very critical period. My goal is to identify some of the concerns which ...

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Finding oneself required to stay at home can produce many different feelings.  Anxiety, frustration, loneliness, sad, overwhelmed – you might find that your emotions are running the entire gamut.  The lack of structure, changes in routine and the daily news updates on the COVID-19 pandemic are ...

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Flight attendants give us the best advice.  In the event of an emergency, first put the oxygen mask on yourself before beginning to help anyone else.  Too often, our instincts are to care for others before we care for ourselves.  Whether an emergency or not, if we don’t take care of ourselves, we ...

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Have you ever found yourself more concerned about another person’s New Year Resolution than your own?  Sounds strange – but not for a family member who lives in worry about another’s alcoholism, drug using or other behavioral addiction.  Unfortunately, the concern about another person’s behavior ...

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The holidays can be special, but may take a toll on parents who often find they are juggling multiple roles as we work hard to make the holidays happen for our children and families.  We may find ourselves simultaneously working as a party-planner, caterer, home decorator, and personal shopper ...

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The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® takes place annually on the third Thursday in November each year.  The Smokeout® is a day to encourage smokers to take a break from the habit for one day. Some people who are planning to quit smoking choose this day to be their quit date.  The ...

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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.  Most parents are acutely aware of the potential for our children to be hurt at school by a bully.  The stakes are even higher as the playing field opens up into a world wide web of potential threats. It is as though our kids never get a ...

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Welcome to our new “Mental Health Break” column!  Our goal is to write a snappy, relevant and newsy column with everything related to Personal Growth, Self-Improvement and Mental Health.  We are a dynamic psychotherapy group which has been part of the Summit and Montclair communities for over 25 ...

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