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From The Depression Counselor: Misconceptions About Suicide

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens? As often as we hear about a teen being cyberbullied or suffering from mental illness and taking their life, there are still tons of misconceptions when it comes to suicide. Education is the first step to prevention so lets talk about some of these misconceptions. 1) “If they want to do it, there is nothing I can do to stop them”. While it is true that everyone has their agency, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to help those you suspect are suicidal. Oftentimes a Read more
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Teen Counseling Tips: Balancing A Job And School

The teenage years are an exciting time of life when your teen has a little more freedom and responsibility. A great way for them to develop this responsibility and manage their freedom in a safe atmosphere is by entering the work force. There are some things you should know as parents before your teen starts their first job outside of the home. 1) Start Slow. Remember that their schoolwork needs to still be a priority. Many places that hire teenagers have specific shifts designated for teenage workers. As a rule of thumb, stick to a 15 hour work week (or Read more
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How Anxiety Counseling Can Help Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are quite common, especially in this day and time. Those who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder by a physician are often offered medication for their illness yet are not educated on the good that anxiety counseling can do for them. Counseling offers many tools to help those with anxiety cope with their emotions and the overwhelm that comes with the illness. Insight Child & Family Counseling offers many counseling services for anxiety disorders. More Ways to Cope Anxiety counseling can help those with anxiety disorders learn new and crucial ways to cope with their anxiety. Despite the Read more
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How Anxiety Counseling Can Help With Specific Phobias

While anxiety can cover a broad array of feelings, a phobia is the fear of a specific object or situation. For example, the fear of snakes is called Ophidiophobia and the fear of crowds is called Enochlophobia. When you are dealing with a phobia you will often times go beyond what is appropriate or reasonable to avoid that object or situation. It is normal to feel fear in dangerous situations. If you encounter a large, growling dog it is reasonable to feel fear. However, a phobia is when the “threat” you feel is greatly exaggerated or even non-existent. What is Read more
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Depression Counselor: Understanding Depression In Bipolar Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder is defined as “a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly.” Oftentimes a person with bipolar disorder will experience extreme high and low moods – known as mania and depression. During the depression phase of bipolar disorder you might see the following behaviors: -Lack of Energy -Poor Sleep Schedule (sleeping too much or too little) -Decreased Motivation to Get Out of Bed -Difficulty With Decision Making -Preoccupied with Suicide or Thoughts of Death As a depression counselor, Insight Child & Family Read more
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What Happens Before Anxiety Counseling Begins

Are you dealing with feelings of hopelessness, dread or fear? Do you often feel your heart fluttering or short of breath in these moments? You may be dealing with serious anxiety. If you are aware of your anxiety, you may be searching for a way to deal with the pain and stress of this disorder. Anxiety counseling is a great way to learn new ways to combat your anxiety and to help you grow from it. Before the counseling can happen, there are movements that must happen too. Here is what to expect before anxiety counseling begins. Understanding Your Disorder Read more
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Ask The Depression Counselor: How Do I Fight Holiday Depression?

The holidays are here, and so is the winter.  With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays and all of the family gatherings, depression may begin to rear its ugly head.  Whether this time of year is hard because of loss or grief, or you are prone to anxiety, a depression counselor can help you find solace in these times.  Is there a way to fight holiday depression? Yes. Let’s discuss some simple ways to fight this form of depression so you can enjoy the season how you want. Take Time For Yourself Even during this busy season, Read more
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Teen Counseling: What To Do When Grades Drop

As a parent, there are a lot of things you worry about with your teen. Substance abuse, Self-Harm, Depression and Teen Pregnancy just to name a few. One situation a parent may tend to overlook is when their child’s grades at school begin to drop. While a slight drop in grades every now and then is not a huge cause for concern, when the drop in grades is sudden and dramatic and lasts for an extended period of time, it could be an indication of a larger issue at play. Here are a few things you can do if you Read more
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Teen Counseling Toolkit: How To Be Supportive

Is your teen struggling with anxiety or depression? Do they have outbursts of anger, show high levels of stress or have difficulty focusing? If any of these symptoms ring true, you may be searching for teen counseling to help. As a parent or caregiver, you may be worried that your teen will fight back at the idea of counseling. You may be wondering how you can best support your teen through this life change. Let’s discuss how you can be supportive of your teen’s counseling to make it easier for all of you. Show Interest In Your Teen’s Progress Throughout Read more
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How To Support Loved Ones In Anxiety Counseling

Whether you realize it or not, you probably have multiple people in your life who suffer from anxiety in one form or another. When it is someone you love, such a a family member or close friend, it can be hard to know how to act or how best to support them. The most important thing to remember is that they are still the same person, separate from their anxiety. However, there are some things you can do as their support system to help them manage their anxiety. 1. Let them know they can talk to you openly and honestly Read more