Handle With Care: The Importance of Tailor-Made Addiction Treatment for the LGBTQ Community

By Christa Banister Considering how complex addiction is and what causes it in the first place, it probably seems like a no-brainer that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all when it comes to treatment options. But as much as that sentiment makes sense on paper, modern healthcare practices don’t always reflect that reality, particularly in

Crash Your Helicopter and Embrace Imperfection – in Yourself and Your Child

By Melissa Riddle Chalos At its best, parenthood is the most beautiful, meaningful role you can take on. That little baby takes over your life, and nothing will ever be quite the same again. It can also be the most exhausting, frustrating and difficult thing you’ll ever attempt to do. When parenthood is status-driven, competitive

Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us: First Responders and Mental Health

By Pat Matuszak First responders by definition respond to someone else’s emergency, not their own. So the emotional aftermath firefighters, paramedics, military or police personnel experience may be overlooked — even by the first responders themselves. If you’re a first responder and are experiencing symptoms like sleeplessness, anxiety or depression, you are not alone. You

Letting Go of Survivor’s Guilt After Combat

By Alanna Hilbink You survived. The hardest part is supposed to be over. So why do you still feel bad, sad, afraid and even guilty? Survivor’s guilt is complicated and confusing. Surviving is complicated and confusing. But you’ve done it once, you continue to do it, and you can keep doing it. And with the

Is Your Combat PTSD Affecting Your Kids?

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can happen to any person who has experienced a trauma that felt life-threatening and caused considerable distress. It is not caused by any personal deficiency or weakness, and it can happen to anyone. In the United States, approximately seven to eight percent of

Why Parenting a Tween Increases Your Risk for Depression

By Patti Richards He’s not in elementary school, and he’s not a teenager. He needs you some days, and other days he doesn’t. Yesterday he kissed you goodbye before hopping out of the car, and today he barely grunted as he slammed the door. Tomorrow he might surprise you with an “I love you, Mom,”

How to Help a Friend with Postpartum Depression

By Stephanie Thomas My newborn son, Henry, and I strolled through the aisles of a grocery store one cold winter day just weeks after his arrival. I took my time, appreciated the coos and compliments of strangers and worried about which ice cream flavor — flavors? — we should bring home. An older woman approached,

Talking to Kids Affected by Parental Addiction

By: Cindy Coloma Addie is late to class again. She reminded her mom about the Valentine’s Day party but ended up leaving for the bus with her still asleep on the couch. Just like last year, Addie dreads walking into school with no Valentine’s cards to pass out to her classmates and no goodies to

8 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in 2018

by Melissa Riddle Chalos It almost goes without saying, but knowing human nature, we’ll just say it anyway: How healthy you are physically won’t matter much if, mentally and emotionally, you’re on life support. So, while you’re resolving to hit the gym at least five days a week, completely give up carbs and/or drink more

Feeling Blue this Winter? You Might Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Wesley Gallagher The onset of winter brings many things – snowy days, evenings by the fire, holiday coziness and warm sweaters, to name a few. For some people, however, winter brings an unwelcome change in mood. The “winter blues” are a common malaise brought on by the winter season, but many people suffer from