6 Simple Practices to Eliminate Holiday Stress

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While the holidays may bring many joys such as family reunions, good food, and thoughtful gifts, they can also lead to an incredible amount of stress.  How can we truly let ourselves feel the holiday spirit?  Research shows that genuine happiness is about how we feel inside. Try these six simple practices that will help […]

Why do I feel so sad around Christmas time?


The Christmas season brings with it thoughts of happiness, family, friends, and celebration. So, we should all be happy and festive, right? One would think. So, why do I feel so down? This is a question for many during the holiday season. Up to 20% of people in the United States experience depressed mood, loss […]

How to Handle Stress During the Holiday Season

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By: Ruth Skeel, MSW, LCSW, LCAC Clinical Director Stress during the holidays has become a normal thing families deal with every year. But why? Is it the preparation of meals; the pressure of buying the perfect gift; fear of in-laws coming; lengthy travel plans; or pressure of putting up the best light display in the neighborhood […]

Is There Hope For Someone Who Has Been Sexually Abused?

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By Aubrey Garner, M.A. – Therapist Can There Be Healing After Sexual Abuse?   “Violated to the core” is how many people describe the reality of being sexually abused.  People are left spinning in a world of confusion and nervous energy.  Many survivors hit points in life when symptoms flare, not even aware that his […]

How can I keep my anxiety from affecting our family?

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  By Travis Turk, MA, LMHC,  Recruiting Director If you are a parent who is asking yourself, “How can I keep my anxiety from affecting my family,” I have bad news for you.  You can’t.  Your emotional state affects your family.  Even if you think you are really good at disguising your anxiety as something […]

What’s the difference between being sad and being depressed?

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By Ruth Skeel, MSW, LCSW, LCAC  Clinical Director Being sad is certainly an emotion that is understood by all people of all ages. Sadness can be caused by the loss of a favorite stuffed animal, failing an important test, or losing a loved one. Depression is also an emotion that is common to all people […]

How can I tell if my child or teenager is depressed?

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By Ruth Skeel, MSW, LCSW, LCAC  Clinical Director Signs of depression in teenagers and young children   Signs of adolescent depression can vary from child to child; however, we typically see some of the following symptoms: Withdrawal socially Isolation Excessive sleeping (often awake all night, asleep all day) Increase in aggressive behavior Excessive crying Extended […]

I Love My Family, But Sometimes I Don’t Like Being a Mom

How Can I Stop These Negative Thoughts About Being a Mom? By: Rachel Bowers  BS; Region Coordinator Let’s face it, being a mom is tough from the get-go.  For those of you that doubt me, let me break it down for you.  Your body converts into a blow-up fun house for the tiny little “bundle […]

How can I help my child’s self-esteem?

Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem By: Tiana Mathes, BS Home-Based Regional Coordinator   What can we do as parents to promote and build our children’s self-esteem? Think healthy! Everyone wants to have a protective armor for their children. I like to think of this protective armor as healthy and positive self-esteem. As a parent I find […]

What is this “Cutting” thing teenagers are talking about?


When teenagers talk about cutting, what the are referring to is the use of sharp objects (razorblades, scissors, fingernails, keys, etc.) to make cuts or scratches on the body. Cutting can take the form of simple cuts and scratches, or the carving of words or images into the skin.

Could My Adopted Child Have Reactive Attachment Disorder?

By Guest Blogger Kasey Butcher Santana – Ph.D. Candidate – Miami University Department of English There is no question that the environment a child grows up in can affect his or her personality and development. As an adoptive parent, you want to give your child a safe and loving environment he or she can thrive in. […]

Does My Child Have ADHD? 18 Signs You Could be Missing

Does My Child Have ADHD? 18 Signs of ADHD You Might be Missing

  By Travis Turk, MA, Licensed Mental Health Counselor I have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 2.  This year, my 6-year-old received some princess dolls as a Christmas gift from her aunt.  As soon as they were out of the package, both girls were playing with them and the 2 year old started saying, “My […]