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Behavioral Health

How can you tell whether a mental health issue is normal? The line between normal and abnormal mental health is often blurred. Still, it's helpful to consider your feelings, thoughts and behavior in relation to cultural norms and other benchmarks. Mental health includes self-esteem, relationships, resilience and more. If you're struggling with these or other things, we are here to help.

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Use mindfulness to cope with chronic pain

Mindfulness has become a popular concept. Frequently thought of as a way to manage stress and improve focus, discover the benefits of mindfulness practice for helping with chronic pain.

Lori Sodeman LGSW By Lori Sodeman February 20, 2024

Building resilience: 9 ways to tame anxiety

Racing heart, trembling body and scattered mind. Anxiety is common and can overtake your emotions and life. Discover practical strategies to build resiliency when faced with your anxiety triggers.

Linda Hubbard, L.M.F.T. By Linda Hubbard February 8, 2024

Establishing healthy behaviors that stick

Setting resolutions and goals may be done with the best intentions, but it's easy to have them break down over time. So why do people fall short of goals to make healthy diet and lifestyle changes?

Lisa Hardesty, Ph.D., L.P. By Lisa Hardesty February 1, 2024

Social media risks: Safeguarding children's online experience

Social media allows children to easily connect with friends, but the digital world can become a threat when not used safely. Get tips to help them use screened devices and social media in a safe way.

Karen Hall, L.P.C. By Karen Hall January 5, 2024

Map it out: Setting boundaries for your well-being

Do your daily responsibilities and obligations leave you feeling stretched thin, stressed or anxious? Learn how setting boundaries can be a powerful tool for your mental and emotional health.

Richard Oswald LPC By Rich Oswald December 27, 2023

Recognizing, addressing a loved one's alcohol use

Addiction to alcohol affects millions of people every year. Learn the signs that alcohol may be an issue for your loved one, and get tips for providing support for recovery.

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., M.P.H. By Tyler Oesterle December 19, 2023

Have you talked to your children about alcohol use?

Caring adults in children's lives have the power of influence. Get tips to help you talk with your children about the dangers of alcohol. It could save a life.

Tyler Oesterle, M.D., M.P.H. By Tyler Oesterle December 8, 2023

Do you have addictive personality traits?

Have you ever wondered how a passion could turn into a problem with gaming, drinking, gambling, shopping or something else? Learn about the signs of addiction and why some people are more prone to it.

Brien Gleeson, L.P.C., CSAC By Brien Gleeson September 18, 2023

5 ways to help teens overcome suicidal thoughts

When life gets challenging, the rates of depression, feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide can increase. Here are five things you can do to help teens overcome suicidal thoughts.

Lisa Hardesty, Ph.D., L.P. By Lisa Hardesty August 31, 2023

The W-Curve Model: Understanding a new college student’s experience

Freshman year of college is known for new experiences, but it also presents challenges. The W-Curve model is an emotional pattern incoming students may experience during their first year in college.

Rosean Bishop LP By Rosean Bishop August 24, 2023

College students and depression: A guide for parents

Many college students struggle with depression or anxiety. As school resumes, talk about these conditions with your student, and brush up on symptoms and warning signs so you can step in with help.

Kristen Bowe CNP By Kristen Bowe August 22, 2023

The art of kindness

Kindness is more than behavior — it's a quality of being. Kindness often is simple and free. Try a few easy ways to boost your kindness and enjoy the benefits of a longer, healthier life.

Steve Siegle, L.P.C. By Steve Siegle August 17, 2023