Woman struggling with ADHD while in a university classroom setting

ADHD vs. Autism

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) vs. autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? The question comes up when you notice your child struggling to pay attention to the teacher in school or your colleague at work fighting to stay focused on the project at hand. You know something’s not quite right, but what’s really wrong? The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that …

Social Anxiety Disorder – What It Is and How To Treat It

A friend turns down invitations to gatherings that will include more than three or four people she knows. A family member accepts invitations but always backs out at the last minute. You accept whatever reason they offer but wonder if there’s something more going on. Could they be struggling with social anxiety disorder? Social anxiety disorder. Social phobia. Different names….the …

How Gratitude Benefits Mental Health and 4 Tips for Cultivating It

Gratitude… Thankfulness. Gratefulness. Appreciation. Many words express the sentiment of gratitude. One dictionary labels it a feeling. Some may prefer to think of it as a state of mind.  However you think about gratitude, one thing is certain. More and more evidence is proving a connection exists between gratefulness and mental well-being.  In this post, we’ll dive a little deeper …

Looking for Ways to Help Depression Holistically? 4 Natural Ways to Fight It

Have you ever known a friend or family member to struggle with sadness they couldn’t seem to shake? Maybe you’ve struggled that way and wondered if what you were feeling was just sadness or if you were wrestling with depression symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression affected nearly 5% of the US adult population in …

How Do You Live With a Loved One with Mental Illness?

Mental illness is getting a lot more media coverage as of late. A quick online search brings up stories about a Colorado representative fighting against the stigma of mental illness, a New Jersey school providing more mental health therapy resources for its students, and the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on the state of teenagers’ mental health in …

Acute Stress Disorder – If You Have It, What Can You Do About It?

Car accidents. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Things that are out of our control take us by surprise, leaving us shell-shocked for days, weeks, or longer. These traumatic events and others like them cause significant stress and stir up feelings of helplessness, fear, and prolonged anxiety.  In the early 1990s, experts labeled those reactions “acute stress disorder” and put a time frame on …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to have sprung out of nowhere to become hugely popular overnight. But it’s been around since the late 1970s, and people have been practicing it in some form for thousands of years. Its beneficial effects on mind and body have been noted all over the world. So, what is the magic of mindfulness? How can it help you? …

Athletes and Mental Health

Participating in sports offers many benefits: exercise, feel-good endorphins, camaraderie and a chance to build skills and self-esteem. This is true across all age groups, including teens in their “difficult” years. The American College of Sports Medicine points out, “Adolescent participation… is positively correlated with multiple indicators of physical health, decreased anger, positive developmental outcomes, increased sleep, and a more …