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Pressing Pause on Perfectionism

By |2024-06-21T12:47:25-04:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

As the saying goes, no one’s perfect. But trying to hold yourself to those standards is unrealistic and can even be toxic. Perfectionism can lead to procrastination, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and eating disorders, according to CentraState behavioral health specialist Amy Metzger, MSW, LCSW. It can also cause [...]

A Ray of Hope for Severe Depression

By |2024-06-21T12:50:50-04:00October 11th, 2023|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

Several years ago, Stephanie Akselsen of Howell faced a “perfect storm” of challenges: physiological menopause symptoms and inadequate sleep; emotional repercussions of three relocations; and her fourth child’s departure for college. She held her emotions in and soon found herself with debilitating depression. When other therapy and medications didn’t help, [...]

Mental Health Crisis National Lifeline: 988

By |2022-10-03T15:51:51-04:00October 12th, 2022|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: |

Similar to calling 911 for emergencies, 988 has been nationally designated as the three-digit dialing code that will route callers in mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. When to Call Suicidal crisis Substance abuse assistance Mental health resources Concerns about a [...]

It’s Fine to Not be FINE

By |2021-07-21T16:23:20-04:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

When was the last time you told someone you were “fine,” and you weren’t? We’re conditioned to say we’re fine, but it’s important to admit when we're not and address the issues that are causing us stress. Otherwise, the real meaning behind “FINE” becomes Feelings Inside Not Expressed. Our [...]

Mental Vigilance Can Help Facilitate a Return to Routines

By |2021-04-13T13:27:39-04:00July 10th, 2020|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , , |

Over the past five months, we’ve had to consider survival tactics on many fronts—from protecting ourselves and others from coronavirus exposure to shifting strategies and expectations for school and work. Our sense of normalcy has changed in nearly every way, and adaptation will remain important as society transitions back [...]

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