Is Your Combat PTSD Affecting Your Kids?

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can happen to any person who has experienced a trauma that felt life-threatening and caused considerable distress. It is not caused by any personal deficiency or weakness, and it can happen to anyone. In the United States, approximately seven to eight percent of

Why Parenting a Tween Increases Your Risk for Depression

By Patti Richards He’s not in elementary school, and he’s not a teenager. He needs you some days, and other days he doesn’t. Yesterday he kissed you goodbye before hopping out of the car, and today he barely grunted as he slammed the door. Tomorrow he might surprise you with an “I love you, Mom,”

How to Help a Friend with Postpartum Depression

By Stephanie Thomas My newborn son, Henry, and I strolled through the aisles of a grocery store one cold winter day just weeks after his arrival. I took my time, appreciated the coos and compliments of strangers and worried about which ice cream flavor — flavors? — we should bring home. An older woman approached,

Talking to Kids Affected by Parental Addiction

By: Cindy Coloma Addie is late to class again. She reminded her mom about the Valentine’s Day party but ended up leaving for the bus with her still asleep on the couch. Just like last year, Addie dreads walking into school with no Valentine’s cards to pass out to her classmates and no goodies to

8 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health in 2018

by Melissa Riddle Chalos It almost goes without saying, but knowing human nature, we’ll just say it anyway: How healthy you are physically won’t matter much if, mentally and emotionally, you’re on life support. So, while you’re resolving to hit the gym at least five days a week, completely give up carbs and/or drink more

Feeling Blue this Winter? You Might Have Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Wesley Gallagher The onset of winter brings many things – snowy days, evenings by the fire, holiday coziness and warm sweaters, to name a few. For some people, however, winter brings an unwelcome change in mood. The “winter blues” are a common malaise brought on by the winter season, but many people suffer from

Transforming the Past

By John Southworth Episode six of the Recovery Unscripted podcast featured renowned interventionist John Southworth, recorded during the 2016 Recovery Results conference in Dallas. Southworth passed away in late 2017, but he lives on through the knowledge he so willingly shared. Expanding on his conference presentation, “Transforming the Past into Powerful Recovery Today,” he spoke

The Opioid Crisis and the Mental Health of First Responders

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP First responders are usually the first to arrive to scenes of accidents or disaster. They are strong men and women who have chosen careers to help others in need, even on days when they don’t feel their strongest.  Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs, nurses, rescuers and crisis counselors are highly trained

How to Manage Anxiety Levels at Work

By Jim Woods It’s completely normal to feel stressed about work from time to time. Maybe you’re giving a big presentation to an important client or you’re working on a project with a tight deadline. You may even have a micromanaging boss. Wherever you are, if you feel anxious at work, you’re not alone. Research

Mental Health and Women: Why Gender Matters

Mental health issues are a challenge for both men and women. But, statistically speaking, women tend to develop psychological disorders at higher rates than men. For their book, The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth About Men, Women and Mental Health, Oxford Professor of Clinical Psychology Daniel Freeman, PhD, and his brother, Jason Freeman, researched 12