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Signs My Child Needs Mental Health Support

It is normal for children and teens to go through a variety of emotional changes; however, when a child is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, these changes can continue to disrupt their daily life if left untreated. What are some ways to tell if my child needs professional help? 1)      Mood Swings. There has been [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Three)

Part Three: helping loved ones Helping a person who drinks too much takes knowledge, compassion and patience. Some actions are helpful and others are not. Do: Try to remain calm, unemotional and factually honest about how the person’s drinking abuse hurts you and others. Discuss the concern with someone you trust – a friend, clergy [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part Two)

Part Two: how does alcohol affect you? The reason that alcohol can cause such extensive damage to the body is because it goes everywhere. There is no body cell resistant to alcohol. Your Appearance – According to researchers, more than one or two drinks a week promotes aging. Alcohol is considered a food with non-nutritional [...]

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Alcohol and drug abuse: identifying the issue and finding solutions (Part One)

Part One: alcohol, drug abuse growing issue How many more tragedies need to occur? Each of us somehow or in some way has been adversely affected by the sobering consequences of alcohol-related concerns. The facts and statistics speak for themselves. One in every three suicide involves alcohol. Seventy-five percent of men and 50 percent of [...]

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Defining alcohol consumption

Moderate Drinking There is no one definition of moderate drinking, but generally the term is used to describe low-risk or responsible drinking. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, drinking in moderation is defined as having no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two drinks per day for men. [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 4

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. How to Keep a Healthy Attitude Learn what you can about your loved one’s disorder. This may mean taking classes through [...]

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Are you being fooled by distractions this April Fool’s Day?

Several years ago, we went through the challenging task of teaching our son to ride his bike. This time, instead of doing the old, chase him and hold on, let go and see him fall on the hard cement technique, we started out on the grass on a hill that slopes slightly. (I think we [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 3

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. Blaming the Disorder When you love someone with a mental illness, it may be normal to feel angry or burned out. [...]

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“I am so done with this winter”

 I just can’t take one more day of subzero weather, and wind so strong that I if I stood on my sidewalk I could make it to the corner without ever taking a single step. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. I just don’t love this one anymore. Last week I asked some people, [...]

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Loving Someone with a Mental Illness – Part 2

Does someone you love struggle with a mental illness? Chances are that you struggle too. Follow our four-part blog to help you learn whether your words and actions are helping or hurting your situation. Enabling versus Challenging If your child is afraid of something, and you studiously protect that child from confronting the feared thing, [...]

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