Tips to Ease Your Child’s Back-to-School Anxiety

Tips to Ease Your Child’s Back-to-School Anxiety

Tips to Ease Your Child’s Back-to-School Anxiety

As the summer season winds down, stores begin to fill with back-to-school sales. The days ahead will be coupled with excited children ready to pick out their attire and supplies for the coming school year. Many children will also wrestle…

5 Mental Health Tips for Millennials (and Everyone Else, Too!)

5 Mental Health Tips for Millennials (and Everyone Else, Too!)
Millennials are reporting increasing rates of depression, anxiety and stress. Depression diagnoses alone are up 31% for millennials since 2014 with depression now affecting 5.5% of millennials in West Michigan.1 Why is the rate rising is not completely clear, however...

Sending your child to camp? Tips on how to manage your worries.

Sending your child to camp? Tips on how to manage your worries.
Sending kids off to summer camp is emotionally tough on parents, even if it’s not your first time. It’s normal to be concerned about your children’s physical and emotional well-being, but excessive worrying is unproductive and stressful. According to researchers,...

Tackling Student Loan Debt & Anxiety: Advice for Millennials

Tackling Student Loan Debt & Anxiety: Advice for Millennials

“I can remember like yesterday gaining my first job in my career after finishing college. I was excited and nervous! Then in the mail, information came regarding my student loan payments. Shock, disbelief, anger and tears ensued. I panicked. I called my parents…

Debunking 5 Myths About PTSD

Debunking 5 Myths About PTSD
The following common misconceptions about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) get in the way of healing and need to be debunked. MYTH 1: I am losing my mind. No, you are not losing your mind. PTSD is a normal reaction...

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

Mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit…

Managing Distress About Earthquakes from Afar

Managing Distress About Earthquakes from Afar

For people with friends and family living in areas affected by the tragic earthquake, watching news coverage of the devastation can be very distressing, particularly if there is no information about the safety and well-being of friends and family. What…

Tips for a Peaceful Thanksgiving with Family

Tips for a Peaceful Thanksgiving with Family

As we enter into the holiday season, some of us may feel increased levels of stress as we begin to wonder what family gatherings are going to include. Will there be political arguments around the dinner table? Will we be…

Teletherapy: A Game Changer for Patients with Agoraphobia

Teletherapy: A Game Changer for Patients with Agoraphobia

Teletherapy is a game changer for agoraphobia – here’s why. Imagine the thought of going out into public causes you so much anxiety that you haven’t left your house for over a year. Incomprehensible to many of us, but for…

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

Deep Breathing Techniques: An Exercise in Calming and Prayer

When we feel stress and anxiety, two effective ways for bringing relief are breathing and prayer. For centuries, faith traditions have combined these two common, everyday human actions as a means for caring for oneself and getting through tense times….