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What Causes Addiction?

Perspective and research on what causes addiction changes over time, from the belief that addiction is an incurable genetic disorder to understanding that substance use targets the brain's reward system. The causes of addiction can include risk factors, past trauma, genetics, environment, and exposure. 1. Risk Factors Multiple factors contribute…

Overcoming the Toxicity of Diet Culture

Diet culture may seem like a way to hold people accountable for their health. But, it often has the opposite effect — harming people physically and mentally. Rejecting toxic diet culture will help you think about body image in a more positive and healthy manner. What is Toxic Diet Culture? There…

How to Make a Blended Family Work

Blended families can bring joy, togetherness, and the chance for deep familial bonds. But complex family dynamics might make you wonder how you can make a blended family work. This post will explore some of the challenges you might encounter if you’re going into or forming a blended family. What…

What Does the Bible Say About Counseling?

If you’re a Christian going through mental health issues, you may find yourself wondering what the Bible says about counseling. Does the Bible’s teaching condone or condemn therapy? The short answer is, “Yes!” The Bible is the first form of support and therapy for Christians, so it definitely encourages people…

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder and Treatment Options

If you or someone you love can’t stop or control your alcohol consumption despite its adverse impacts on your life, you may have alcohol use disorder. This post will help you understand this disorder, its symptoms, and treatment options. What is Alcohol Use Disorder? Alcohol use disorder is also known…

Adjusting and Coping in a World of Constant Change

You’ve probably heard the adage: the only thing that’s certain in life is that change will happen. But how do you go about adjusting to change in a constantly changing world, with rapid technological shifts, people coming and going from your life, and even weather sometimes changing from minute to…

Why is Changing Careers So Hard?

You may be familiar with this experience. You’re uninspired at your current job, coming to work every day is difficult, and you’re itching for something new. You’re unhappy with your circumstances, but the thought of changing careers makes your palms sweat and your heart race. Why is it so hard…

Exploring the Different Types of Gender Identity

Research found that 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as LGBT, 0.6% as transgender, and 0.2% as other (queer, etc.), according to Gallup’s 2020 update on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender identification. These percentages are rising, with each younger generation often feeling more comfortable identifying as a gender other than cisgender.…

How to Cope With Aging Parents and Anger

Watching your parents experience the challenges that come with aging can be difficult. Watching your aging parents become angry because they are experiencing these challenges can be heartbreaking. How can you be a supportive member of your parents’ lives even when they are frustrated by the aging process? What’s the…

Finding Inclusive Therapists

You decided to pursue therapy and you’re interested in finding an inclusive therapist who can understand you and your specific lifestyle. But how and where do you start the search for a therapist that matches your unique needs? In today's post, we'll explain what an inclusive therapist is, why you…

Signs Your Child Needs Counseling

Are you a parent looking out for signs your child needs counseling? You may find yourself concerned about your child, nervous about their struggle, and searching for a solution. Childhood is not all sunshine and rainbows. As a parent, you know this. Learning new things, brain and body changes, and…

Understanding and Embracing Integrative Therapies

Your mind, body, and spirit are connected. The way you treat each affects the others. That's why integrative therapies work toward healing your whole person. Integrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that combines therapeutic tools and approaches to fit each individual's needs. The term integrative means multiple methods used…

Everything You Need to Know About Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin is a common prescription painkiller often used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Being opioid-based, it also has the potential for dependence and addiction. Vicodin addiction and misuse is a growing problem in the U.S. and a significant contributor to the country’s opioid epidemic. This post provides helpful information…

Coping With Job Burnout

Coping with job burnout can feel like fighting an uphill battle. You’re more tired than you’ve ever been, you don’t feel fulfilled, you’re irritable, and you have a certain cynicism regarding work that won’t ease up. While not a medical diagnosis, job burnout can negatively affect both the people dealing…

How to Tell If Your Therapist Doesn’t Like You

Therapy can make you feel vulnerable. So, it’s natural to be curious about the person you’re sharing the space with — your therapist. You may wonder how to tell if your therapist doesn’t like you? And, does it really matter? The point of therapy is not to get your therapist…