mental health

Self-Expression: The Feelings & Trauma Connection

By Stephanie O’Brian, Ed. S., LPC Alexithymia. You may have never heard of it, but roughly 10% of the population experiences it. Have you ever had trouble expressing emotions or known someone who has? This may be the cause. What Is Alexithymia? Alexithymia’s meaning is defined by Medical News Today… Read More

Understanding (& Overcoming!) Abandonment Issues

If you had healthy, secure relationships in childhood, particularly with your parents or caregivers, you’re likely to have a healthy view of how they work. However, if you experienced emotional neglect or traumatic loss as a child, fear and anxiety may be the driving factors in your adult relationships. The fear of being hurt or left by someone you love may cause you to take drastic measures to prevent the loss of loved ones. This can lead to a whole host of issues in relationships. Read More

Navigating Grief & Loss

Processing the pain and roller coaster of emotions that come with loss can be daunting. How do we know how to deal with grief? Does time truly “heal all wounds” like the adage suggests? What practical solutions can help as you learn how to navigate grief? Read More

Mental Health Discrimination at Colleges

College is glorified as this incredible season of growth, adventure, and often labeled as “the best time of your life.” This fails to show the full picture of this season, one filled with change and vulnerability (and oftentimes being away from home for the first time). Read More

988 Hotline Adds 24/7 Help for LGBTQ+

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline essential emergency service now includes LGBTQ hotline, chat, and text options. This means if you or someone you care about is struggling with mental health or substance use, you have a confidential, culturally competent, and compassionate resource in an emergency. Read More

In the Military, the Whole Family Serves

While children of military families are often resilient, even amidst parental deployment, they still struggle with increased stress, feelings of isolation, and emotional and behavioral problems. It’s important to understand the effects that military family stress can have on individuals and how we can support our serving members, veterans, and their children. Read More

Reality TV Love vs. Love in Real Life

Most of us have been sucked into the drama of a reality TV program, and for good reason. Reality TV, by nature, is alluring. It provides viewers an alternate, often better, reality than their own. Reality romance shows like Love Island, Love Is Blind, and The Bachelor franchise are especially popular. For a few hours a day, we too can escape with beautiful people to 5-star resorts in exotic locations, seeking “true love” with no responsibilities or repercussions. Read More

When TikTok Trends Turn Dangerous

Whether you love it, loathe it, or fall somewhere in between, 1.2 billion active monthly users help ensure that TikTok is not going away any time soon. In 2021, the social media app surpassed Google’s popularity, according to a Cloudflare report that tracks internet traffic metrics. And thanks to TikTok’s ever-changing array of content and viral challenges where ordinary people can achieve elusive internet celebrity status, it’s not surprising that people keep coming back. But for every fun new dance, tasty pasta recipe, or unknown author, singer, or cute kid who rises to popularity courtesy of the app, there’s a growing number of truly dangerous TikTok trends. Read More

When Adult Children Cut Off Their Parents

While much has changed about the world since Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was published in 1878, a portion of the novel’s opening line still resonates today: “Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The reasons for strained relationships, enduring rifts, and complicated dynamics are often as unique as the people involved. And for an increasing number of families these days, tensions run so high that estrangement from one another is common. Read More

More Young Adults are Seeking Mental Health Help

We’ve all learned from any number of ridiculous and often dangerous TikTok stunts that not everything that trends with young adults is a good thing. But in a world where what’s cool today is uncool tomorrow, a positive trend has emerged with some staying power. Read More