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Hypersensitivity or Hyposensitivity?

There are new buzzwords surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other mental health topics every day. It can be hard to make sense of what they really mean. An important one right now is the difference between someone who is hypersensitive and one who is hyposensitive. These terms are not interchangeable in fact they… Continue reading Hypersensitivity or Hyposensitivity?

Procrastination & ADHD: Insights into the Internal Battle

In the intricate landscape of ADHD, procrastination emerges as a formidable adversary, weaving its threads through the core challenges that individuals with ADHD face. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the underlying factors that hinder task initiation and completion for people with ADHD. Dopamine Deficiency Individuals with ADHD often experience challenges… Continue reading Procrastination & ADHD: Insights into the Internal Battle

What’s the Difference Between Boundaries & Ultimatums?

Healthy relationships require sharing your needs while also respecting the needs of your partner. This is where setting boundaries and placing ultimatums can come into play. Ultimatums and boundaries have major differences in tone and intention. In general, ultimatums are forceful while boundaries are personal—boundaries are the limitations you set within your own life and… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Boundaries & Ultimatums?

Are Genetics to Blame for Mental Health Conditions?

The amount of people with mental health conditions is on the rise. More than 1 in 5 adults in the United States have a mental illness. That tends to beg the question—why? What has changed? Are genetics to blame for mental health conditions? Like many things, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no. What… Continue reading Are Genetics to Blame for Mental Health Conditions?

Signs People May be Living with Depression

Depression isn’t as obvious as walking around with a rain cloud above your head, but there are some patterns that can signal you may be living with depression. Symptoms of depression vary and there are even different types of depression. This common mental health disorder impacts an estimated 5% of the adult population in the… Continue reading Signs People May be Living with Depression

The Lies About Addiction

Addiction is a disease that can consume every aspect of your life. It impacts you if you are actively trying to manage your addiction, and it impacts anyone around you–friends, family, co-workers, the list goes on. Addiction changes self-perception as well as the perception others may have of you. Regardless of the addiction being faced,… Continue reading The Lies About Addiction

Busting Myths About Autism

While organizations like Autism Speaks and the Autism Society have helped shed new light on Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its community, many myths about the condition still persist today. Here are a few of the most common Autism falsehoods, misconceptions, and stereotypes—alongside the facts that debunk them.  Myth: Autism is caused by an adverse… Continue reading Busting Myths About Autism

What Not to Do If Your Child Has an Eating Disorder

An eating disorder can take a toll at any age. That’s why at Valley Oaks Health, we want to help you support your child through their recovery journey. Here are just a few things to avoid as you help them understand their disorder and heal from it. Make negative comments about weight and appearance Parents… Continue reading What Not to Do If Your Child Has an Eating Disorder

Grieving During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be challenging when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one. You may find it difficult to put on a smile, be engaged, and keep busy when you’ve experienced loss. That’s why it’s important to take intentional steps to manage your grief and not let it overcome you. Surround… Continue reading Grieving During the Holiday Season

Addiction in Adolescents

Stress, wanting an escape, peer pressure, curiosity, self-medication, trying to feel grown up—there are many reasons teenagers experiment with drugs. But with time, that recreational drug use may turn into addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and… Continue reading Addiction in Adolescents

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This is where a journey to better health begins; primary care includes routine examinations, general health advice, and early detection of potential problems.