Depression

Finding Help for the Depressed Mom

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Published on: September 14, 2020

You are mom, dishwasher, cook, maid, taxi driver, school teacher, nurse, superhero, and you are struggling. Being a mom is hard enough, add depression to the mix and it can feel impossible. The good news is you don’t have to do this all alone. There is help for the depressed mom. No matter where you live in Pennsylvania (York, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, to name a few), online counseling services are available from the comfort of your home. In addition to online therapy, what else can a depressed mom and those who support her do? Remember You Are Not Alone Being depressed is… Continue Reading This Article

Why It’s Ok to Not be ‘Embracing’ This Time

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Published on: May 4, 2020

We have all heard it a hundred times by now — “embrace this time at home.” We have been told the old “life is short” and “now is the time” to be making special memories with our kids, playing games, learning new languages, getting reacquainted with an old hobby. We have been encouraged to get all the things done that we haven’t had time to do—paint the house, fix that broken porch light, reorganize closets and clean out drawers.  But, we are also overwhelmed, anxious, trying to ward off depressive feelings, stressed, scared, financially-strapped, you name it. These times are… Continue Reading This Article

Your Guide to Accessing Telehealth Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Published on: March 15, 2020

Our lives as we know it changed rapidly last week with the detection of the coronavirus in Pennsylvania. Now that the schools are closed and some counties are on quarantine, your options to continue or start mental health treatment may appear to be limited. But there is another way for people to continue to receive services, even while they are at home, and that is through online therapy or “telehealth.” Fortunately, another change happened this week that was a positive response by the insurance companies in light of the coronavirus — they lifted the barriers for healthcare providers to offer… Continue Reading This Article

How to Support a Loved One With Depression

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Published on: January 20, 2020

When you love a person, you want to be able to help them. When that person has depression, it can be hard to know exactly what to do or say that will make things better. It can leave you feeling discouraged and helpless.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Educating yourself on what depression is and how it manifests itself, and learning ways to show support can help.  Educate Yourself Depression is an internal battle. It is a disease that can come and go. There are times when it is in full gear and other times when symptoms… Continue Reading This Article

Warding Off the Winter Blues

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Published on: October 22, 2019

Fall has officially arrived meaning winter is not too far behind, and you are beginning to get worried. Winter and you don’t get along. The cold, dreary, dark weather is a major blow to your mood. Getting out of bed is difficult. You just want to stay cuddled under that warm blanket. Leaving the house is the last thing you want to do, for good reason, who wants to deal with the cold air or the layers and layers of clothing? Keeping the Winter Blues Away Unfortunately, we live in an area where winter can come on with a vengeance… Continue Reading This Article

What is your teen’s smartphone doing to their mental health?

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Published on: October 1, 2019

Smartphones weren’t a thing when I was a teenager. They didn’t exist yet. But, through the teen years I still dealt with the typical stuff—figuring out who I was compared to my friends, adjusting to hormones and body changes, and the dramas of my friends/boyfriends.  When I wanted to call my friends, I would use the house phone (where everyone could hear what I was saying). Social media wasn’t even created. When we left school, we actually left. The day’s drama, while still on our minds for a short while, was left at our lockers.  Nowadays almost every teen you… Continue Reading This Article

How can you help? Tips for parents of kids with depression/anxiety

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Published on: September 16, 2019

Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. As a parent of a child who is struggling with anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to know how to help your child. You may feel defeated or like you are doing a bad job of parenting, when in fact anxiety and depression are NOT a result of bad parenting. You may also struggle with maintaining calm or patience with your child as you might not understand why they are reacting in a certain way. First of all, as the parent, you need… Continue Reading This Article

Is Social Media Good or Bad For Your Mental Health?

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Published on: October 3, 2018

The quick rise in the use of social media has changed the landscape of mental health. I am sure you have already heard some of the arguments of why it is bad, how much is too much, and maybe some of the positives. I am not here to swing one way or the other, except to stress the importance of limits. Everything in moderation.  It is my tendency in life— and in practice— to first focus on the positives. Social media was created for one simple reason— to bring us together. Having access to others who think and feel the… Continue Reading This Article

Overcoming the Quarter Life Crisis

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Published on: July 16, 2018

You graduate from college expecting to find your way quickly. You imagine yourself in your dream job, a stable relationship, and living in a home all your own. You thought you were going to have everything you wanted.  But, the reality is you walked across that stage at graduation and moved in with your parents and settled for your old barista job—just to “hold you over.” Or maybe you got a job in your major but you aren’t quite sure if this is where you belong. You long to be successful and fear making mistakes. The stuff you did as… Continue Reading This Article

When “Self Medicating” Means Something More

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Published on: June 18, 2018

You had a “bad” day, week, month, or year. Maybe you are feeling anxious, sad, or have this longing desire to feel better, do better, or be better. You take those feelings and decide to try to “cure” them by using alcohol or drugs. Or maybe it is going shopping or gambling. At first this works. You do feel better and you think you can control your use. But, substances can quickly take over your life. Often times they turn into addictions in an attempt to treat another mental condition. This is called dual-diagnosis. Dual-diagnosis is when a person who… Continue Reading This Article