Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

People can become creatures of habit. We do what feels comfortable to us, and it is easiest to stay in that comfort zone. For some people, they love the spotlight and performing, playing sports, or generally being in front of people, and that is where they are comfortable. Others may be comfortable with a specific…

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Self-medicating

There are a lot of different reasons that people drink, including socially, to help them relax, or to complement a meal. However, many people drink to try to escape the pain of emotional distress, loss, trauma, or a co-occurring mental health issue. Using alcohol to mask or suppress the symptoms of otherwise untreated or undertreated…

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Making Therapy Work for You

Therapy can be very helpful to people, yet some people still have poor experiences with it. Whether it has to do with the stigma around it, negative experiences in your past, or just not really knowing how to make the most of it, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to help yourself live…

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The Pressure of Choices

Do you ever feel like your world is closing in on you, that you sometimes can barely breathe? Looking around, there is no physical pressure on you or your body, but it doesn’t change that feeling. A lot of people feel this way when they experience extreme emotional pressure. You cannot see the pressure, but…

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The Treacherous Path of Meth Addiction

Most of the time, when you choose a path in life, you can easily choose another path at any time. That is rarely the case with addiction, because addiction is a path that requires much effort to leave behind. One of the most difficult paths to leave behind is the path of meth addiction. Not…

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Living with Social Anxiety

For most people, experiencing some kind of anxiety in social situations is normal. The desire to be loved and accepted by others is a shared human need. You might worry about what to wear or what to say when you are amongst people outside of your family or close friends. Most people experience a lot…

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Seeing Through the Smokescreen of Vaping

The trend of vaping came about in a huge smokescreen of flavors and lies. Telling us that it was healthier than smoking was a very low bar to begin with, but then it turns out that it really isn’t healthier at all. They made products with flavors that would appeal to children, even though it…

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On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the recent coronavirus, or COVID-19, a pandemic. In efforts to “flatten the curve” of disease spread, providers of behavioral health services around the world adapted quickly by making the switch to entirely virtual, HIPAA-compliant environments. At Potomac Programs, a nationwide provider of behavioral healthcare for adolescents…

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We’ve gathered a list of useful resources for starting your telehealth journey. Learn more about the software, tips and news you’ll need to assist your clients. Telehealth Teleheath accreditation ZOOM best practices during COVID-19 Medicare expands access to telehealth HHS telemedicine guidance AMA quickguide to telehealth HealthIT.gov Insurance reimbursement information HIPAA and COVID-19 Mental Health…

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