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October 19, 2018

Any activity, substance, object, or behavior that becomes the major focus of a person’s life to the exclusion of other activities or has begun to harm the individual whether it be physically, mentally or socially is considered an addictive behavior. A person can become addicted to anything whether ...

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Most children who are bullied keep quiet about it and do not tell an adult or parent. It is embarrassing for the child to admit that they are being bullied. Some signs to look out for include doing poorly in school, having low self esteem, being ...

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The first stage of dating begins with a sense of excitement and eagerness to learn about each other. Many of us enter into a relationship with the hope that this “may be the one.” There are many internet dating services that make promises of finding the right partner for you. This can certainly ...

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Family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit.  Members of the family are intensely connected emotionally.  What affects one, affects all in the family system.  For ...

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September is suicide prevention awareness month and pain awareness month. Both are very much related. Patients with chronic pain are vulnerable to depression and may present with higher risk for suicide. According to the American Chronic Pain Association, patients with chronic pain are twice as ...

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The new school year has arrived. Back to the routine of getting up early, school assignments, sport activities (which means more driving), early breakfasts, meal planning and overall more activities. Oftentimes as parents, we begin to take on a lot of the responsibility for our kids going “back ...

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The new school year is quickly approaching us. The unofficial end of summer is Labor Day and we are back to the routine of getting up early, school assignments, sport activities (which means more driving), early breakfasts, meal planning and overall more activities. Now is a good time for us to ...

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It is that time again when our children are preparing to leave for school or in some cases leaving for the first time. It is a new phase in life for us and them that represents transition and change. Watching our children step into a separate world can be very challenging for us.  We care about ...

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Learning to trust again after trust has been broken takes time, healing and work.  Trust can be broken in many ways including being cheated on, betrayed, lied to, left out, or a break-up. When someone breaks our trust, we no longer trust anyone.  This leads to isolation, loss, depression and ...

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EMOTIONAL EATING: FEEDING YOUR FEELINGS Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life. Emotional eating is ...

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In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental ...

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Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child.  This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry ...

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The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously.  Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases ...

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Q: My son's best friend's mom just passed away. I am concerned for my son and don't know what to do for him. He is distraught. How can I help my son?  Response: Grief is a normal and natural reaction to the death of a loved one. No two people grieve the same, even in the family. I am certain ...

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