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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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10 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During the Summer

Published May 21, 2018 5:26:01 PM. Written by Jinan Amra, LMFT posted in Behavioral health, summertime activities, kids activities, kids summer activities, kids staying busy in summer

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Summertime can be tough and expensive for parents, so finding kids’ activities that are cheap or free is a good way to keep your kids busy and yourself sane.  Below are some suggestions for helping kids to stay busy and entertained.

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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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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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Managing Anxiety & Stress During The Holiday Season.

Published Dec 7, 2016 1:08:44 PM. Written by AccessHealth posted in Mental Health, Behavioral health, Anxiety, Depression, stress

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The holidays are right around the corner and many of us are busy with preparations; visions of happy gatherings, bonding over delicious family meals and other traditions fill our thoughts. 

For some however, the holidays are also a time of heightened stress and anxiety. You may be worried about finding the perfect gifts or concerned about the financial strain that comes with doing so. Perhaps you are burdened with travel itineraries or juggling too many commitments.

If you suffer from depression or recently experienced a loss, this time of year can be especially difficult. You may find yourself shying away from it all, finding solace in isolation, only to fall into a deeper depression. 

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your stress level under control and better enjoy the holidays:

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