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High Achievers with High Anxiety

August 22, 2018
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How do you know if a high-achieving person has a “type A” personality or an anxiety disorder?

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Crucial Conversations: Discussing suicide and mental health

June 18, 2018
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Dr. Raymond J. Kotwicki, Skyland Trail Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer, recently offered these thoughts on discussing suicide and suicide prevention. With the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, suicide and mental health are becoming more commonly discussed. Kitchen-table discussions about suicide and psychiatric illnesses can be scary and complex, but having difficult…

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Rachel W

May 15, 2018

“It was feeling loved and supported by others, after having felt really isolated for a really long time, that got my brain in that space where I thought, ‘Maybe I am worthy of love and happiness.’”

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Comparing Bipolar Disorder vs Borderline Personality Disorder

March 20, 2018
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Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder are two mental illnesses that can cause significant disability and disruption in someone’s life. Despite being commonly grouped together or even used interchangeably in movies, TV, and other pop culture references, they are two separate and distinct illnesses that have different diagnostic criteria and require different treatments. Find out more about how…

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Onset of Mental Illness: First Signs and Symptoms in Young Adults

March 14, 2018
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You may think that once you’re out of high school, you’re finished growing up. Physically, you’re probably as tall as you will ever get, and from this point forward, you may remain the same overall size throughout much of your adult life. Whether you head off to college or out to make your own way…

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A Brighter Outlook on Depression

February 12, 2018
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What is major depression? Major depressive disorder, also called major depression or unipolar depression, is a serious mood disorder with severe symptoms that can interfere with a person’s ability to handle daily activities, relationships, and work or school responsibilities. Major depression affects about 6.7 percent of U.S. adults in a given year. To be diagnosed…

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Understanding Cutting and Self-Harming Behaviors

January 4, 2018
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Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ray Kotwicki, discusses cutting and self-harm behaviors and how they are treated. Individuals who cut themselves or engage in other self-injurious behaviors often are using this unhealthy coping strategy to deal with emotional pain or confusion that they do not know how to process in any other way. This…

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6 Ways to Fight Loneliness During the Holidays

December 12, 2017
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Holidays don’t have to feel lonely. Skyland Trail Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Primary Counselor, Luke Smith, LMSW shares tips on ways to stay socially connected over the holidays. Plan in advance and get a few things on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. Plan ahead and reach out. If this is your first…

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Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Workplace

October 25, 2017
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Everyone experiences job-related stress. Whether it’s communicating with multiple people, juggling responsibilities or adhering to deadlines, workplace stressors are common. Short-term stressful moments are typical, but experiencing constant or long-term stress can affect your physical and emotional health. What begins as job-related stress can extend to other situations and impact your life outside of work…

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5 Tips for Parenting with a Depression Dignosis

September 13, 2017
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Parenting can be hard at the best of times. When you’re struggling with depression, you might feel like you can’t provide the care and support your children need. There are many things you can do to make caring for your children a little easier while you treat your own depression. On days when you feel like…

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