In recent years, the discourse surrounding therapy and mental health has made significant strides in reducing the associated stigma. This ongoing conversation plays a crucial role in raising awareness and fostering a greater understanding of the benefits therapy can provide. To dispel common misconceptions, it is essential to delve into the realities of therapy and… Continue reading Dispelling Misconceptions Surrounding Therapy: An Insight into Mental Health Counseling
Naloxone can save lives. It’s a drug that can quickly reverse an overdose of opioids like heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and codeine. Naloxone works by reversing and blocking the effects of opioids. Narcan is a brand commonly known to the public. The drug itself is the same. Understanding what naloxone is, how to get it, and… Continue reading What to Know About Naloxone
Childhood isn’t simply a stage of life that we pass through on our way to adulthood and leave behind when we become “mature.” Rather, much like how a tree trunk grows outward from its base in “rings” over the years, our childhood stays with us forever as the core of our being which all new… Continue reading Ways to Reparent Yourself
You’re standing on the ledge of a scenic lookout point, safely protected by guardrails when—suddenly—the thought of tumbling over the rail pops into your mind with morbid detail. You’re driving down the highway on a nice, sunny day when—out of nowhere—you picture yourself snapping your steering wheel to the left and hurtling into oncoming traffic.… Continue reading What are Intrusive Thoughts, & How Do I Stop Them?
Self-care routines and self-soothing activities that alleviate stress are essential for maintaining good mental health. An intense workout in the morning or relaxing bath at night, for example, can each do wonders to relieve pent-up tension. Both of these examples, however, require a certain amount of free time as well as the appropriate setting. A… Continue reading 7 Simple Stretches to Alleviate Stress
Some days, the perfect way to relieve soreness and tension is by stepping into a warm bath or hot shower. Athletes can often be seen in ice baths after intense training. Water of different temperatures can also be used to manage various mental conditions through a method known as hydrotherapy. What is hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy was… Continue reading Hydrotherapy for Better Mental Health
Stress is an inevitable part of life, so it’s important to find ways to manage it. Sometimes taking time to move in a slow, focused manner while practicing mindfulness is just what you need, so you may consider trying tai chi. Tai chi is self-paced and not harsh on the body, making it a good… Continue reading Tackling Stress with Tai Chi
ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a common diagnosis among children, but many adults may find themselves wondering if they have ADHD. Symptoms usually show up as a child yet adults being diagnosed is not uncommon. For many, ADHD does not stop them from living a “normal” life, but they may find it more difficult to navigate… Continue reading Alternatives to Help Manage Your ADHD
A mental health diagnosis doesn’t mean your light has to darken. Those living with a mental health condition can find light with treatment and support. There are many treatment options available, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This form of psychotherapy is available to those who are uninsured or underinsured at Valley Oaks Health. The definition… Continue reading What is CBT?
A battle with mental health doesn’t have to be a solo fight. Those living with a mental health condition can find community and healing through support groups. There are many opportunities available to those who are uninsured or underinsured at Valley Oaks Health. The definition Support groups are regularly scheduled meetings led by mental health… Continue reading What is a Support Group?