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4 Myths About Therapy

July 1, 2023
a young woman and a therapist talk during an individual psychotherapy session

Mental health is an essential aspect of one’s overall well-being. Believing myths about therapy can further propitiate suffering and keep people from getting help. Having an open and honest dialogue about mental health helps destigmatize seeking professional help, and understanding the truths about therapy and debunking myths can help individuals make informed decisions about how…

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Give the Gift of Validation This Holiday Season

November 3, 2022
mother giving gift to adult daughter with evergreen in the foreground

Show people who are struggling that it’s ok to not feel good during the holidays. You are here for them despite their holiday blues.

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The Top 3 Ways I’ve Been Supported

October 24, 2022
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By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate It’s shocking what a text message or an email can do for my mood. Since I told my friend group a month ago about the resurgence of my depression, the amount of unexpected well-wishes has truly blown me away. Some came from friends of mine that I…

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Three People Who Helped Me With My Mental Illness

August 1, 2022
Two women riding together in a car smiling

by Sheila O’Shea I’m a pretty introverted and self-contained individual, which are not always the best traits to have when dealing with mental illness. To really handle your symptoms and flourish despite them, you need help from other people. Help can take all kinds of forms, so let me introduce you to three people—who were…

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Three Things I Learned From Living With Bipolar Disorder

July 1, 2022
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by Sheila O’Shea Living with bipolar disorder has been a challenge for me—especially when I spent years with the wrong diagnosis—but I’ve learned a lot from it. I carry those lessons with me to this day. Boldness If there’s one thing hypomania gives you, it’s confidence. It gave me the confidence to book a flight…

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Managing Your Depression During The Holidays

November 17, 2021
A man in a red shirt wearing a red santa hat that is covering his face

By Gordon Corsetti, Skyland Trail adult programs graduate It seems the holidays are annual events that conspire to derail any progress made against my depression. Shorter days mean I get less sunlight. Colder mornings mean it is that much more difficult to extricate myself from the warm sheets. Worst of all though, is the forced…

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Accepting Reality Using DBT Skills

October 28, 2019
radical acceptance shown as chutes and ladders board game

DBT teaches that the only way to end suffering, which occurs as a result of pain and non-acceptance, is to accept reality and face the pain head on. Learn three reality acceptance skills that can help individuals find respite from suffering.

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Sensory Body Awareness Skills to Reduce Distress Through DBT

September 20, 2019
Woman lying on back practicing DBT skill sensory body awareness

Sensory Body Awareness is a DBT skill for distress tolerance. Learn how to use practices like paired muscle relaxation, half smiling, and willing hands to navigate stressful situations or intense emotional pain.

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Survive a Crisis Situation with DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

August 26, 2019
a woman reading a book with a cup of tea

Learn how to use DBT skills like the STOP Skill, Pros and Cons, Wise Mind ACCEPTS, TIPP, IMPROVE the Moment to weather overwhelming situations or intense emotional or physical pain.

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What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

May 28, 2019
little league baseball pitcher

For decades, youth sports in the United States has been an avenue for kids of all ages to make friends, be physically active, challenge themselves, and learn skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and the value of hard work—all of which can provide great stepping stones towards personal growth and achievement later in life. When it…

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