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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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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 Diagnosis

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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4 Differences Between CBT and DBT and How to Tell Which is Right for You

August 27, 2017
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Psychotherapy is one of the best treatment methods available for a number of mental illnesses. One of the most common types of therapy is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Also called talk therapy, CBT focuses on talking about your problems to help you frame your thoughts differently. If you feel like negative thoughts are always in…

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A Positive Outlook on Living With Bipolar Disorder

August 25, 2017

People rarely view psychiatric conditions in a positive light. In the U.S. and other countries worldwide, mental illness carries a stigma. Social and perceived stigmas impact people diagnosed with a psychiatric condition in significant ways. In the U.S., fewer than half of adults with a psychiatric disorder sought out health services in the past year, which help…

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Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Improve Mental Health

July 19, 2017

Clients in the psychiatric residential and day treatment programs at Skyland Trail benefit from a powerful mix of evidence-based therapeutic approaches.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is an important component of treatment for many clients. Who Benefits from ACT? Some modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) work best for clients with specific diagnoses and…

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5 Ways Families Can Support a Loved One During Mental Health Treatment

April 20, 2017
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1. Educate yourself  The best thing for family members to do is to educate themselves about their loved one’s mental illness and treatment. Knowledge can provide families practical insight and understanding. Find local educational programs and support groups in your area through NAMI or participate in our Family STEP Program Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. A strong support network can…

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Understanding Midlife Depression

April 17, 2017
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The first episode of mood disorders like bipolar illness and major depressive disorder typically occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. However many adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s or older begin to struggle with depression in new ways as an older adult. Medical problems and the losses we experience as we age can affect how we view ourselves and how we relate to…

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