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.
Suicide Risk After A Job Loss: How to Recognize the Warning Signs and What You Can Do to Help
With our current economy in the United States, and particularly in the Rocky Mountain Region, job losses are high - not only due to COVID, but also from the decline in the oil, gas and coal industries. For those people experiencing these job losses, financial and emotional worries can increase exponentially, creating a higher risk for suicidal thoughts and actions.
Stress-Drinking During COVID-19: The Impacts on Mind & Body
COVID-19 has burdened us with many personal challenges - from paranoia and fear of contagion, loneliness and depression brought on by social isolation, to anxiety over disruptions in routine, changes in employment and/or financial status, and overall uncertainty about the future. These factors and more, have led many Americans to reach for a drink to “take the edge off” of reality. But does alcohol really “take the edge off” … and at what cost?
Farming Your Level of Concern
Learning to manage the amount of time and energy that you devote to priorities in your life can help you avoid worry, stress and many sleepless nights. Our Chief Operations Officer, Jared Bingham, shares his story about how he learned to manage his level of concern through life on the farm.
TMS Therapy: Fighting Depression Without Drugs
If you are fighting a personal battle with depression and haven’t achieved success with traditional medication treatment, you are not alone. In fact, over 5 million adults in the United States are treated for depression and unable to find relief with antidepressant medication, while others may experience improvement but find the side effects of the medication intolerable.
As the public health risk of COVID 19 remains, High Country Behavioral Health continues to offer online telehealth services to minimize risk to our clients and staff. At this time, we are also offering in-person appointments with adherence to guidelines established by our organization and those of local and federal health authorities.
How Do You Know if You Need Therapy?
It can be hard to decide whether or not you need to try counseling to address the struggles you are facing. If you have a mental disorder, are experiencing distress or constant worrying, or are in need of support from a traumatic experience, you may consider attending therapy.
Taking Care of Your Mental Well-being During COVID-19
COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic that has caused severe impacts on people’s mental health as they social distance and quarantine to protect their communities. We want you to know that there are resources and tools available to you to help you manage your mental health during this time and to get the social support that you need.