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Caring for the Caregiver: How to Recognize Burnout 

When we learn that someone is facing an illness or needs extra care, our thoughts immediately go to them. We wonder what we can do for them. We check in on them more frequently. We know they need extra support, all of which are normal reactions.    What may not be as obvious is taking time to consider the needs …

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Beating the Blues: A Guide to Identifying and Coping with Depression

Sadness is an inevitable, common, and normal emotion. It is a response to disappointment, a lament of loss, and an indicator of discomfort. While sadness may not be a desirable emotional state, everyone experiences it at some point in their lives due to the unpredictable nature of life. Life doesn’t stand still and often brings forth change that opens the …

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What Depression and Anxiety Look Like in Children…

Depression and anxiety looks very different in children than it does in adults. Often, these behaviors are perceived as strange, bizarre, erratic, or disobedient. Because of this, childhood depression and anxiety is often missed by parents, family, and school faculty. Furthermore, depression and anxiety in children can be misidentified as a conduct disorder or attention issues.  In order to be …

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Why Pronouns are Important

For a quick grammar refresher, pronouns are the articles used to describe a person or persons in the third person. Singular pronouns are gendered! For example, they are he, him, his, she, her, and hers. Gendered pronouns mean that depending on whether the person you are talking about in the third person is female or male, you use either she, …

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Taking Control of Obsessive Worrying

Worry is the cognitive-thinking part of anxiety that causes people to ask questions of a “what if” nature. For example, your manager putting a meeting on your calendar might pique your curiosity, but when anxiety is driving our thoughts, can quickly turn into you imagining a multitude of stressful “what if” scenarios, and usually ends with “what if she fires …

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Living in a Social Media World

“Wait don’t eat yet, I need to take a picture for Instagram.” How many times have you or your friends uttered this phrase out loud? The impact of social media on shaping our thinking and behaviors can’t be discounted. As applications such as Instagram and Facebook provide individuals the ability to post or live stream about their day to day …

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The problem with being normal: Misconceptions about Mental Health and the Stigma of Labels

As people go through life they tend to experience a cascade of positive and negative emotions such as happiness, excitement, joy, stress, anxiety, agitation, anger, and sadness. All of these emotional states of being are a natural and normal part of life and the human condition. For some it might be interesting, and even shocking, to think that it’s normal, …

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It’s Never Too Late To Start a Brilliant Career

If you find yourself already established in your career but feel as if you would be better suited in a different profession, do not despair. Rich Karlgaard discusses how our talents, abilities, and interests continue to grow and develop as we mature. Karlgaard discusses how the pressure to achieve and decide one’s career trajectory at a very young age is …

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The Four Things Couples Should Avoid in a Fight

After years of research studying thousands of couples, Dr. John Gottman found a pattern in the way couples fight. Gottman discovered four behaviors that were the most destructive when couples were in conflict. In fact, Gottman found that the married couples who enacted these four particular behaviors were the most likely to become separated or divorced. As a result, Gottman …

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How to be an LGBTQ+ Ally

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which celebrates everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, otherwise known as the Stonewall Uprising, which saw members of the LGBTQ community fight back against harassment from the police in Greenwich Village in June 1969. While more and more people in the U.S. voice support for …

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