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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 Mental Health, AccessHealth, Behavioral health, parenting

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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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Managing Anxiety & Stress During The Holiday Season.

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

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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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