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4 Tips for Dealing with Emotional Reactions to Hurricane Season

Published Aug 24, 2018 1:49:16 PM. Written by Vaughn O'Neal, Director of Behavioral Health and HIV Services posted in Behavioral health, hurricane season, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Harvey Anniversary

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It doesn’t matter what the meteorologists call it—tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane; once they start telling us they’re watching a storm approaching the Gulf, anxieties and blood pressures may begin to rise. The Houston area has weathered its fair share of violent rain storms, and with hurricane season having officially begun on June 1st, and Harvey’s anniversary date quickly approaching, you may be getting jitters brought on by memories of last year’s record-breaking storm. Here are 4 tips for managing concerns about hurricane season.

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Boosting Kids' Self-Esteem

Published May 7, 2018 10:29:40 AM. Written by Vaughn O'Neal, Director of Behavioral Health and HIV Services posted in Behavioral health, parenting, AccessHealth, Mental Health

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Many parents today have learned the importance of praising kids. In any place where kids can be found—stores, at the ball game, on playgrounds - we hear parents cheerfully telling them what a great job they did, or how much they love them. But it’s important to avoid ending up in an endless loop of constantly telling our children how awesome they are and how wonderfully they do the smallest things.

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Hepatitis C Educational Session

Published Jan 12, 2018 10:46:27 AM. Written by Vaughn O'Neal, Director of Behavioral Health and HIV Services posted in AccessHealth, Hepatitis C, Healthcare

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Recognizing and Coping with the Seasonal Blues

Published Dec 24, 2017 6:42:27 PM. Written by Vaughn O'Neal, Director of Behavioral Health and HIV Services posted in Anxiety, Behavioral health, Depression

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Seasonal Blues, Holiday Blues, Winter Depression – that drag-down feeling that hits many of us this time of year. While some folks are happily decorating their homes, gleefully buying gifts, or merrily planning those holiday meals, others are dragging themselves from bed and rolling their eyes at one more sweet bread that appears in the employee breakroom.

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Depression is the leading cause of suicide

Published Sep 6, 2016 4:27:27 PM. Written by Vaughn O'Neal, Director of Behavioral Health and HIV Services posted in Depression, Mental Health

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Donald was only 14 years old when he took his own life. Like so many young adolescents, he struggled with changes in his body, an increasing interest in dating, learning the ropes as a high school freshman, being the eldest child, and wanting to win his parents’ admiration. Donald spoke about these concerns in a matter of fact tone — as he had during previous therapy sessions — as if he too knew these were just the normal struggles of a teenager and that all would be ok. But mental health is a fragile thing and all was not ok as Donald shook my hand and left my office for the last time. Two weeks later he shot himself as his family went about their usual evening activities in other parts of their home — unaware that Donald had decided this would be his last day with them.

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