depression

The Price We Pay for the Pressure to Succeed

By Anna McKenzie Every culture has a success ideal. In America, that ideal is shaped by achievement: The people we honor as successful are rich and powerful. They own companies, are prevalent in the media, and are surrounded by apparent luxury. Some individuals, whether they’re 40 or 15, become “influencers”… Read More

Has it Become Popular to be Depressed?

By Wesley Gallagher Decades ago, “mental health” was a term left to doctors in facilities. Words like “depression” and “anxiety” were rarely used, let alone accepted and understood outside of medical environments. We’ve come a long way in recent years as awareness has increased, and we’ve realized… Read More

Summer Olympics 2021: The Pain of Not Making the Team

By Melissa Riddle Chalos With the Summer Olympics set to open on July 23, people around the world are entranced by elite athletic performance, and the extra year of waiting for the Toyko Games has only added to the anticipation.  Athletes in every sport spend most of their lives aspiring… Read More

5 Ways to Respond to Depression

By Clint Fletcher Depression has done nothing but rear its ugly head more than usual during the last year. It makes perfect sense, too. Most of us are scared, disconnected, and worried about the health of loved ones and ourselves. According to the Centers for… Read More

Abandonment Issues at the Holidays

By Anna McKenzie The holidays often bring families together. While the emphasis on close relationships results in joy for many, it can mean sadness and fear for others. If you have experienced abandonment, estrangement, or the traumatic loss of a parent or guardian, the holidays may dredge up painful memories. Even… Read More

Putting Social Media in its Place

By Wesley Gallagher Social media. It’s hard to imagine that there was ever a time when it didn’t pervade almost every aspect of our lives. Personal, professional and everything in between, social media is here to stay, so we’d better find a way to live with it. The question is,… Read More

What Parents and Caregivers Should Know About Program Aftercare

“Aftercare” is a general term for activities and other resources that behavioral health and addiction treatment patients receive after being discharged from a primary care facility. Aftercare answers the question of “Now what?” once your child has completed a behavioral health program. This aftercare can help keep patients on… Read More

Scars: What Lies Beneath Physical Abuse

A child that’s being abused doesn’t stop loving its parents, it stops loving itself. As young people come into the Claudia Black Young Adult Center with addictions, mental health and trauma issues we often find that beneath those are the scars of physical abuse. Read More

Scars: What Lies Beneath; Emotional Abandonment

When we think of trauma we most often think of incidents that are blatant and acute, visible and sudden, such as a natural disaster or a car wreck, mass shootings, or acts of terrorism. But some people experience trauma as more subtle and chronic that present in the form… Read More

Scars: What Lies Beneath Sexual Trauma

Leah, 21, presents herself as shy and pleasant, yet has a history of multiple relationships with abusive men, a history of cutting and most recently made a suicide attempt. Alexis, 24, seeks treatment after a heroin overdose. Jon, 22, comes to treatment for depression. He has dropped out… Read More