Depression is Real

Depression effects 15 million adults and 1.9 million children in the US yearly. It is one of the most common mental health concerns that people seek help for. I've been in therapeutic relationships with many individuals who suffer from depression and I've noticed that there is a consistent theme in how they describe their experience. In the last few weeks, I've asked them; children, adolescents, and adults to describe what depression feels like Here's what they had to say: "I feel like I have a weight around my neck constantly weighing me down."more "People think that I'm mean or cold. Really, I'm just unhappy. Unable to enjoy their company. Despite desperately wanting to be able to." "Like

Trans-Toddler

Two and a half years old is an exciting time for a toddler. They are starting to gain some independence and venturing off to preschool. For my family it wasn’t that easy. While most toddlers are just worried about having fun and making new friends; my child was struggling with his identity. My child born female but identifies as a male. My first thoughts were that it was just a Tomboy phase until he asked me: “Why didn’t God make me a boy?” I knew this was deeper than just wanting to dress like a boy. My child identifies as a male. The Ups and Downs My child was given the birth-name of Nina. He has changed his name since then from Zack and then to Sam. Using the appropriate pronouns is reall

Anxiety, The Lizard Brain, and How You Can Take Back Control

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions. In fact, there are approximately three million cases diagnosed a year in the United States. Furthermore, the age range for those diagnosed with anxiety for the first time is 14 to 60 years old. What Is Anxiety Anyway? Think of Anxiety as being the result of the faulty wiring of natural survival mechanisms. Humans come equipped with built-in capabilities meant to keep us alive. A lot of the structures that house this wiring live in what some of us like to call the "Lizard" part of our brain. That is the part of our brain that developed first and was necessary to protect us from dinosaurs (or whatever )when we lived in the wild. As ti

Pride Month and Children's Mental Health: Unveiling the Stigma

In the month of June, the United States of America turns their attention to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) community to celebrate Pride Month. Many families are part of this community by way of being gay parents or are raising children that are identifying as part of the LGBTQ community. While there are many individuals and families of all different make-up‘s, many of those who identify that have a connection to the LGBTQ community, often also identify their mental health has been impacted based on their identification in their community. Often they report they have experienced some sort of impact on their mental health based on their identification of their sexual pr

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