Mindful Spending: How To Use Your Tax & Economic Stimulus Payments to Nurture Your Mental Health
As American tax refunds begin to bolster bank accounts, the U.S. government passed legislation authorizing a third round of economic stimulus and stability money for millions of citizens – creating a prime opportunity to invest in our mental health! Learn how you can use these funds to reduce stress, improve mood and overall well-being through mindful spending.
4 Common Mental Health and Addiction Myths
There are many myths and misconceptions about mental illness and substance use and abuse which continue to abound even in our “enlightened” society. Some myths are so stubborn that they reappear even after the facts have been present for years. Let's take a look at four common myths associated with mental health and addiction.
Managing Judgement in a Judgemental World
Whether we care to admit it or not, we all have judgmental thoughts. From the time we wake up in the morning until we close our eyes at night, our thoughts are filled with opinions, values, and judgements on what is right or wrong.
The negative feelings and actions that can result from unnecessary judgement can have a significant impact on our psychological well-being, inducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Fortunately, we can learn to control our thoughts and actions, and thus our judgements.
The Importance of Social Relationships to Physical and Mental Health
Human beings are inherently social. Our relationships provide us with a sense of connection, purpose, support and, ultimately, overall better health and longevity. Unfortunately, about a third of Americans lack these strong social relationships and, in turn, put their health at significant risk.
Learn more about the effect loneliness and social disconnect has on physical and mental health.
Addiction Recovery: How to Protect Your Sobriety During the Holidays
The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, bringing forth feelings of stress, loneliness, grief, depression, and other unwanted emotions. For those in addiction recovery, these types of feelings, along with the social triggers present at holiday gatherings, can make the holidays a particularly challenging time.
So, how can you protect your sobriety during the holidays? Here are some tips that can help.
National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month: How to Have an 'ALMOST' Stress-Free Holiday in 2020
The holidays can be stressful even in the best of times - with crowds, family tensions, hosting responsibilities, and the social pressure and economic strain of gift giving. And, of course, this year we have COVID-19 to contend with!
While “stress-free” may not be an attainable goal this year, our holidays can still be merry and bright by managing our expectations and stress throughout the holiday season.
Starfish: A Tale of Abuse and Neglect
"Someone once asked me, 'How can kids have problems, they have nothing to worry about?' Obviously this kid did. And you know he isn’t the first I’ve seen nor will he be the last to act in such a desperate manner."
Allan Braaten, Psychotherapist and Clinical Director of High Country Behavioral Health in Thermopolis, WY, shares a deeply moving account of answering the call of child abuse and neglect, in which a 10- year old child attempted suicide.
Is the Change in Seasons Making You SAD? It Might be Seasonal Affective Disorder
While some welcome the fall season with dreams of pumpkin spice lattes, cozy sweaters and growing excitement for upcoming holidays with family and friends, others respond to the change in season in quite a different manner… with mood changes and depression symptoms that are so severe and oppressive that it can force them into “hibernation” until spring. For these individuals, the fall and winter seasons trigger a type of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Adolescent Suicide: The Risks and Warning Signs That Every Parent Should Know
Dr. Erin Fortin, Ph.D., Psychologist and Clinical Therapist at High Country Behavioral Health, shares insight into the risks and warning signs associated with adolescent suicide and the necessity to be hypervigilant during this vulnerable period of your child's life.