Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD? Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. Symptoms can manifest immediately following the event, or weeks, months, or years later. It is normal to experience some sort of stress-related symptoms after a trauma. Common reactions include… Read More

Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD

While most mental health diagnoses can be treated through various forms of therapy, research has demonstrated that exposure and response(ritual) prevention (EX-RP) is the best-known form of treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD often encompasses both obsessions and compulsions.  What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? It is important to… Read More

Myths of Addiction

“Being sober is enough.” “She can’t change yet because she hasn’t hit rock bottom.” “Treatment didn’t work last time so it wont work this time either.” “Addiction is a choice and is simply a matter of will power.” These are just a few of the many myths of addiction that… Read More

Making Sense of Addiction

It’s no secret that addiction is a major problem facing our country and world. Over the last decade or so, addiction has increasingly become a subject often discussed or alluded to in social media, the news, books, movies, songs, debates, etc. Most recently, opioid addiction has been officially termed an… Read More

Supporting Our Kids through Trauma

As parents, the job we take most seriously is protecting our children. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, our children and teens sometimes experience traumatic events. Something is considered to be traumatic if it is a scary or dangerous situation that overwhelms a child or teen’s ability to cope.  Traumatic events… Read More

Understanding Panic Disorder

Does having a rapid heart rate, sweating, breathlessness, dizziness, feeling like you’re loosing control seem all too familiar?  If so, you may be experiencing a panic attack.  A panic attack is defined by a sudden rush of fear or discomfort that peaks within ten minutes, and is accompanied by at… Read More
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