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How Is Mental Illness Diagnosed?

How Is Mental Illness Diagnosed? Mental disorders (or mental illnesses) are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behavior that causes the person distress and difficulty functioning. There are more than 200 classified types of mental illness. Mental illness are conditions including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive…

Telepsychiatry During COVID-19

Can I See A Psychiatrist Via Telehealth? We are living in a time of confusion and uncertainty. During this time, it can be easy for people to feel vulnerable, stressed, and afraid. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re taking care of your mental health. To ensure we meet the…

Tax Season: 7 Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health

Tax Season: 7 Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health The tax season is almost upon us, with the deadline for federal income tax returns on the horizon. This usually means a lot of things. You are going to be working more, doing paperwork and potentially feeling stressed about your financial situation. There is no doubt…

How MetroWest Residents Should Manage Depression While Social Distancing During COVID-19

How MetroWest Residents Should Manage Depression While Social Distancing During COVID-19 COVID-19 has spread around the world and is disrupting business and personal lives. People are worried about finances, jobs, health and safety, and business and school shutdowns.  Social distancing is imperative to limit the spread of the virus. However, isolating yourself in your home…

Tips for Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19: Advice for MetroWest Residents

Tips for Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19: Advice for MetroWest Residents If someone had asked you at the start of 2020 how you thought your year would go, this is probably not what you had in mind. This is a pandemic that has touched nearly every person on planet earth in some way. You…

How to Avoid Job Burnout

How to Avoid Job Burnout What is worker burnout? Burnout can be difficult to describe and even more difficult to identify but the most common definition of it would be a feeling or state of physical, mental or emotional exhaustion, often caused by external circumstances. It can also be a state of disillusionment with life…

How to Set Goals When Living with Depression

How to Set Goals When Living with Depression Setting and achieving goals can a powerful step to making positive changes in your life and can help improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. We all have hopes, dreams, and a vision of our happiest life. Setting goals is one of the most important steps toward tackling…

How Spending Time with Loved Ones Can Alleviate Holiday Stress

How Spending Time with Loved Ones Can Alleviate Holiday Stress The holiday festivities can truly be the most terrific time of the year. However, as much as we all love the holiday season, from the twinkling lights on Christmas trees and the Christmas plaid, poinsettias and fresh greenery throughout the house, to baking gingerbread cookies,…

How to Find Cheer in Holiday Stress

How to Find Cheer in Holiday Stress In a way of life dominated by countless applications that basically run our lives, humans are experiencing something they have never experienced before. Holiday stress! Although it may seem like an oxymoron, holidays have of late become events that lead to stress rather than ones that relieve some…

How to Support an Employee with Social Anxiety

How to Support an Employee with Social Anxiety Imagine this. You hired a new employee who showed a lot of promise. Their experience showed that they are perhaps a stalwart in their field. Their performance has been so good that you decide to promote them and make them a team leader. You also feel that…

How to Find Success Despite Social Anxiety

How to Find Success Despite Social Anxiety For a person with social anxiety who is trying to find success, help is available through many different mediums. Did you know that only 25% of people with a social anxiety disorder receive treatment for it? While receiving professional treatment is often the second stage of overcoming social…

Your Guide to Managing Social Anxiety in College

Your Guide to Managing Social Anxiety in College People who suffer from social anxiety know that no two individuals share the same triggers. For some people, merely talking in groups can be tricky, while others may experience fear when meeting new individuals. Even though these may be common problems, it is another ball game altogether…

How to Know if You Have Social Phobia

How to Know if You Have Social Phobia All of us have felt nervous while facing certain social situations. You must have often heard people who have acute stage fear, or that mingling with people makes somebody uncomfortable. While going on dates or giving presentations may undoubtedly be some of the topmost everyday situations where…

Talking About Top Reasons Why & Teen Suicide: Tips for Parents

Talking About Top Reasons Why & Teen Suicide: Tips for Parents Suicide rates are rising worldwide. And up to 50 percent of young adults and adolescents with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at some point. That’s scary, especially for parents with troubled teens. But what’s really happening with these kids? What’s bothering them? Fortunately, teen suicide…

How to Cope with a Loved One Dealing with Late Life Depression

How to Cope with a Loved One Dealing with Late Life Depression According to the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, 15% of people aged over 65 in the U.S. battle depression. The numbers are even higher in nursing homes and hospitals. But late-life depression isn’t only happening in the U.S. A cross-sectional study (n=28,796, mean age…

Smile! August is Admit You’re Happy Month

Smile! August is Admit You’re Happy Month If Abraham Lincoln is to be believed, people can choose to be happy any time they want. You can choose to be happy this August. Actually, you’re not as unhappy as you’ve made yourself to believe. Many good things are happening in your life right now. You just…

Postpartum Depression Symptoms

Recognize The Signs of Postpartum Depression It is very common to experience the “baby blues” in the days following childbirth. If you have the baby blues, you may experience mood swings, crying spells, sadness, loss of appetite, or insomnia. If you continue to experience symptoms of depression after two weeks, you may be experiencing postpartum…

7 Tips to help Manage Your Back-to-School Mental Health

7 Tips to help Manage Your Back-to-School Mental Health It’s August, the national back to school month. A brand new school year is here, and a lot is happening. You need to buy supplies, prepare your children psychologically, and help them in many other ways. But there’s one thing many parents often don’t pay enough…

ADHD and Your Job

How can I manage my ADHD at work? Staying focused, completing tasks on time, remembering important details, and staying organized can be difficult if you have ADHD. Dealing with ADHD in the workplace can seem like an endless struggle. But with the right strategies, adults with ADHD can stay focused, productive, and organized. While they…

The Importance of Mental Health in Minority Communities

The Importance of Mental Health in Minority Communities Mental illness affects people across all demographics. Minority communities face greater barriers to access high quality psychiatric and mental health services. Minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to mental health services and often receive poorer quality care….

Managing ADHD with Your Spouse

Managing ADHD with Your Spouse Getting married means that you’re entering a partnership. But all of that can be thrown in a loop if your partner has ADHD. You end up having to take care of your responsibilities as well as your partner’s. Instead of an adult relationship, it may often feel more like managing…

Men and Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

Men and Mental Health: A Silent Crisis Mental illness is something that affects all people. However, men are less likely to seek and receive treatment when dealing with mental illness. There are many cultural pressures and stigma that often lead to men ignoring their problems instead of getting proper treatment. That’s why there needs to…

Anxiety, Trauma, and PTSD: How Mass Violence Affects Mental Health

Anxiety, Trauma, and PTSD: How Mass Violence Affects Mental Health For some people, the effects of mass violence persist long after the event. Most people who experience such events deal with stress for some time, but manage to get over it. But others experience long term effects that can turn into serious mental health issues….

The Role of Forgiveness for a Happy Life

The Role of Forgiveness for a Happy Life When you’ve been wronged in your life, it’s normal to hold some degree of resentment. However, some people hold a strong resentment for many years without even realizing it could be hurting them. Forgiveness is not easy, but it is essential if the goal is to be…

Must-Have Coping Strategies for Social Phobia

Must-Have Coping Strategies for Social Phobia Social anxiety is something all of us experience from time to time.  It is important to know that there are coping strategies for social phobia. However, if you or your loved one is dealing with severe social phobia, it’s important to get help. What’s more, living with social anxiety…

11 Signs You Have Social Phobia

11 Signs You Have Social Phobia Finding the right Sudbury psychiatrist will help you overcome common social fears. It is normal for people to feel nervous when giving a speech or meeting strangers. However, some people suffer from a more intense discomfort. This is often referred to as social anxiety disorder. Knowing the best psychiatrist…

7 Strategies for Managing Bipolar Anger and Irritability

Strategies for Managing Bipolar Anger and Irritability Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health condition that involves sudden mood changes and extreme emotions that can be shocking to others, and left untreated can destroy relationships and careers. Bipolar disorder is typically diagnosed during late adolescence (teen years) or early adulthood.  While symptoms can be frustrating…

7 Questions (and Our Answers) on Adult ADHD

7 Questions (and Our Answers) on Adult ADHD Have you have struggled throughout your life with poor concentration, inattention, impulsivity, and getting organized? Have you wondered, or has someone one asked you, “Do you have ADHD?” If the answer to any of the aforementioned questions is yes, we recommend a professional psychiatric evaluation by a…

My Child Was Diagnosed With ADHD. What Should I Do Now?

My Child Was Diagnosed With ADHD. What Should I Do Now? You just found out that your child has ADHD, what do you do? Discovering that your youngster has ADHD can be quite tough to take. It is definitely an “Oh My God” moment. As parents, we just wants the best for our children and…

Why is Depression More Common in Women?

Why is Depression More Common in Women? According to a recent study, depression is twice as prevalent in young women (ages 14-25 yr.) than men. However, the ratio decreases with age. Furthermore, women are three times more apt to suffer from stress and anxiety. Though, the gender difference is not clear here. However, most believe…

How To Manage Depression Triggers?

How To Manage Depression Triggers? Depression is a severe and life-threatening mental disorder that severely affects the quality of your life and suppresses your level of happiness. Over the years, depression has become prevalent between Americans. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 15 million Americans suffer from depression every year….

Anxiety Relief: How To Win Against Worry

Anxiety Relief: How To Win Against Worry   In our everyday life, anxiety has penetrated in different ways. You anticipate the future with scary predictions. However, in most of the cases, this doesn’t have any basis in truth. Overtime, anxiety leads to both physical and emotional symptoms such as increased heart rate, poor concentration, sleep…

8 Ways To Reduce Anxiety

8 Ways To Reduce Anxiety Anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. Nearly 20% of U.S. adults experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year, and females are more likely to suffer from anxiety. The good news is that with professional treatment, anxiety is one of the…

Tips for Developing Skills to Manage Anger in Children (and their Parents)

Tips for Developing Skills to Manage Anger in Children (and their Parents) Teaching your child how to manage anger will develop a unique skill in his personality that will grow with him. Whether it is a snack, toy, game, “I want to go outside” plea, or even sending him/her to sleep in his/her room, children…