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Coping with Co-Occurring Disorders: ​Anxiety and De...

An individual may have two chronic disorders or illnesses at once, a situation known as comorbidity. The interactions between the illnesses frequently impact the way one or the other affects the individual and certainly makes them even more challenging to heal. In many cases, comorbidity happens with someone who has a mental illness and a …Read the rest…

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7 Ways to Tell the Difference between a Moody Teen an...

  The Battlefield Houston arcade and laser tag facility has always been a favorite of your teenager. But today, their half-hearted participation and utter lack of enjoyment catch your attention. It seems lately you have seen them in this mode more and more often. Are they just being a typical moody teen, or do you have more …Read the rest…

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Is Your Perfectionism Contributing to Your (Mom) Depr...

Today’s society highly values perfection. The internet, TV, magazines, and social media flaunt perfection to such a degree that we’re lead to believe unless everything is perfect we cannot be successful or happy. Our culture’s approach to parenting has not escaped this trend either. There exists the erroneous belief that unless we are perfect moms …Read the rest…

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Learning to Live With a Chronic Illness and Your R...

If you live with a chronic illness, or if you were suddenly and permanently disabled, you’re not alone. Chronic illness and permanent disabilities are a fact of life for millions of people. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is also one of the hardest: accept that things are forever changed. …Read the rest…

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10 Everyday Things You Can Do to Overcome Depression

The moment you open your eyes every day, you engage in a fight. You protect yourself from pervasive, negative thoughts that inundate your mind. That battle rages, draining you of time and energy, until you finally fall back asleep at night. Is this the way your days go? What can help you struggle less? Things …Read the rest…

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It Really Is Possible to Get Over Depression: Take Th...

“Get over it!” If you’ve ever heard those words, you know how frustrating it is when others underestimate your struggle. Getting over it isn’t as simple as it sounds, especially when you’re facing depression. The journey to recovery can seem like a mountain looming in front of you. Despite the enormity of the obstacle, it is possible …Read the rest…

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The “Winter Blues” are Coming: Preparing for Seas...

Winter blues. No doubt, you’re familiar with that expression. It’s that dreary feeling that settles in with the start of the colder seasons. Come autumn and winter, you may notice that you’re increasingly anxious, melancholy, and even depressed. However, if your symptoms are severe and interfere with your functioning well in daily life, you may …Read the rest…

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7 Ways Depression Counseling Can Bring Joy Back into ...

The first annual Houston Mood Disorder Conference will begin on September 16, 2016, in Houston, Texas. The theme of this conference will be: “Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression”. Its aim is to provide mental health professionals with resources to help their patients receive the best treatments for overcoming depression. You may wonder: Is it really …Read the rest…

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More than Depression: Understanding Shame Based Depre...

There are many symptoms of depression and each individual may manifest different symptoms, or related symptoms, in different ways. Some people, however, check off all the markers for depression yet have not been helped by a variety of treatments and therapies for depression. In these cases, it may be something more. It might be shame based depression. …Read the rest…

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How to Cope with Postpartum Depression

Being a mother is one of the hardest jobs anyone can do, and having a mood disorder can make a hard job feel impossible. What is Postpartum Depression? Postpartum affects 15% of new moms and is a form of depression, more serious than the “baby blues.” The baby blues happen within a few days after …Read the rest…

You can Fall (and Stay) Asleep when You Have Insomnia – Here’s How Houston TX

Do You Have Insomnia? Learn How to Sleep Better and I...

You toss and you turn, yet nothing. No matter how long you stare at the ceiling, sleep evades you. What can you do when you have trouble sleeping? Insomnia affects about 60 million Americans each year, especially women and those who are over the age of 65. There are three general types of sleep disturbance: …Read the rest…

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4 Ways to Cope with Rejection and Loneliness During t...

At this time of year, when spending happy moments with family is given so much emphasis, it’s even harder to deal with the loss of a family member, painful family memories, and loneliness. The holidays may be a greater reminder of the loss of someone you love. Sometimes being with family causes us to self-evaluate in …Read the rest…

Watch for These Warning Signs of Depression in Your Teen, Houston, TX

Watch for These Warning Signs of Depression in Your T...

Your teen is going through many changes and chemicals are playing havoc with his or her body. Emotions are erratic and you’re left wondering every morning which version of your teenager you’re going to be greeted with. However, this is all perfectly normal teenage behavior, right? To an extent, yes. What if it’s more, though? …Read the rest…


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