The Basics of Mindfulness

By | Mental Health

Over the years mindfulness has become more common in our society. There are apps to guide us through the practice and it is even being integrated in schools to help teach kids how to manage emotions and stress. But what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being both aware…

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Three Play Therapy Techniques You Can Use at Home

By | Family

This week is National Play Therapy Week. If your child is struggling emotionally or behaviorally, play therapycan provide them with an opportunity to express themselvesin their natural language – the language of play – and allow the therapist to support you in better understanding and meeting your child’s needs. Even…

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Are You SAD?

By | Medication, Mental Health

Do any of these sound like you during the winter months? Have a depressed mood more days than not Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed Increase in appetite, especially for carbohydrates Increased sleep Loss of energy or increased fatigue despite extra sleep Increase in restlessness or…

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Suicide: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective

By | Mental Health

We have recently heard news of high profile celebrities completing suicide. As tragic and eye opening as such news is, this psychiatrist’s opinion is that the discussion has been superficial and speculative. It also, rather unsatisfyingly, concludes by only offering up the national suicide hotline. What appears to missing from…

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Is Smart the New Average?

By | Family, Mental Health, School

You’ve heard it from friends, family, relatives, neighbors, other parents, teachers and you’ve possible said it yourself: “My kid is smart.” But what does smart mean?  What is it? How do you quantify it?  Depending on the context in which it is used, Merriam–Webster defines smart as an adjective, verb, and a noun;…

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