Depression

How Online Depression Treatment Can Help You Cope with SAD

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Published on: January 19, 2022

Do you suffer from SAD? Online therapy might be a solution. Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD, is a type of depression that is seasonally dependent. It is most common around late fall and winter and is generally caused by lack of light and colder temperatures keeping us indoors.  Symptoms of SAD include feeling depressed most of the day, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, low energy, problems with sleep, changes in appetite or weight, feeling sluggish or agitated, difficulty concentrating, feeling hopeless, or having thoughts of death or suicide. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, you… Continue Reading This Article

The Healing Benefits of Kindness

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Published on: November 2, 2021

World Kindness Day is approaching on November 13 and it got me thinking about all the benefits of being kind — not just to the receiver of kindness but to the giver. We could all use a little more kindness these days, that’s for sure.  We are born into this world biologically wired to be kind to others. As children, kindness is part of us and it is something that can be further developed with repetition and practice—just like any life skill. As we have grown up and been exposed to society, life stressors, and other outside influences being kind… Continue Reading This Article

What Not to Say to Someone with Depression

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Published on: October 19, 2021

It is hard to navigate support for someone with depression. You want the person to feel better and you don’t want to make things worse but you might not know how to approach them or what to say. Without even realizing it you might be tempted to say some things that are not helpful or are even hurtful. Before we go into what not to say to someone with depression we must talk about what depression is. When someone is depressed they aren’t just feeling sad or sorry for themselves, generally, they are impacted by a chemical/hormonal brain imbalance, faulty… Continue Reading This Article

Why You Should Be Taking Mental Health Days

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Published on: October 1, 2021

Your mental health is as critical as your physical health, some may even argue it is more critical depending on the situation, so why are we not taking mental health days? If you have a stomach bug or a migraine you probably aren’t thinking twice about calling into work. Yet, when we feel stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, or burnt-out we keep on trucking, keep pushing through.  The thing is when we do that, when we keep pushing through our mental health struggles instead of taking the time to relieve them, we only compound what we are feeling, ultimately bringing us down… Continue Reading This Article

10 Suicide Warning Signs: What Should You Look For

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Published on: September 1, 2021

There is no better time than now to talk about the warning signs of suicide—September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a leading cause of death, and sadly it is increasing. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, the fourth leading cause among people ages 34-54, and the fifth leading cause among people ages 45-54. It impacts all ages, genders, and nationalities. Half the battle in preventing suicide is knowing what to look for. It can be easy in our busy lives to overlook warning signs, especially when we don’t know they are warning… Continue Reading This Article

The Many Benefits of Taking a Walk in Pennsylvania

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Published on: April 5, 2021

Have you ever noticed how you feel after you take a walk? If you were stressed before you started moving, chances are you felt much better after. With National Walking Day coming up on April 7 and having just passed the start of Spring here in Pennsylvania, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the benefits of taking a walk.  Most of us know the typical reasons to take a walk— like reducing weight and improving heart health— but the act of walking can do so much more for our lives.  It calms the brain.  Simply… Continue Reading This Article

How to Prepare Your Space for Online Therapy in Pennsylvania

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Published on: January 5, 2021

With all that has been going on in the world, mental health is more important than ever. But, with counseling services moved primarily to online platforms how do you make sure you get the most out of your session? One of the most important things to consider, other than your internet connection, is where you do your session. You want to feel as comfortable as possible in the space you are in so that you can freely open up to your therapist. How can you prepare your space for online therapy in Pennsylvania?  1.) Choose a space you feel safe and… Continue Reading This Article

8 Tips for Caregivers During Uncertain Times

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Published on: December 15, 2020

Being a caregiver for a loved one can be stressful during the best of times. Now, amidst a global pandemic COVID-19, the usual stressors of being a caregiver are compounded by fears, worry, uncertainty, and isolation.  Caring for someone who is ill, frail, or disabled is a full-time job. It requires all your energy and can be taxing on your physical and mental health. That is why it is so important that you take care of yourself. Get help when you are feeling overwhelmed. Online counseling and therapy can be a great tool in helping you cope. Move Forward offers… Continue Reading This Article

6 Essential Steps for Teens to Heal from Depression

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Published on: November 18, 2020

You may not recognize that your teen is depressed at first. You might think that they are just “being a teenager” or these feelings are just “part of growing up.” But, depression in teens is real and quite common.  As a parent, you want to help your teen get better. You want to make everything alright, but it isn’t always that easy. There is no magic cure, but there are some steps you can take to help your teen heal and move forward as mentally healthy as possible.  Once you determine that your child may be depressed, here are some… Continue Reading This Article

Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy right for me?

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Published on: November 5, 2020

Chances are you have probably heard of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (or CBT for short) but you may not know what it is or what is involved. How do you know if CBT is the right approach for you? How do you know if you can benefit from this type of therapy? What is CBT? CBT is a therapeutic approach based on the belief that the way you think about things impacts your emotions and therefore your actions. For example, you think that no one likes you so you get nervous and feel bad when attending social events, leading you to avoid… Continue Reading This Article