Mental Health

Clear Thinking About Partner Abuse

Partner abuse can be a ”muddy” issue for the two people directly involved, concerned friends and relatives, and even helping professionals. What defines an abusive relationship? What differentiates it from an up-and-down, stormy or just plain bad relationship? And, if someone feels abused or threatened by their romantic partner, how do they decide whether to…

Prevention and Mental Health

Often we think of “prevention” in all-or-nothing terms – either you succeed in preventing a problem or you don’t. But there are different levels of prevention, and usually something can be done to at least keep things from getting worse…. This is an important concept in mental health care, as certain conditions that cannot be…

Mental Health Crisis Intervention

Recognizing a Mental Health Crisis For a variety of reasons, mental health issues can be difficult to recognize and address. When people live with chronic, low to moderate levels of depression or anxiety, a new “baseline” emotional state gets established and can actually start to feel normal. Many continue to function superficially well despite their…

The ABC’s of Mental Health

Most people need some type of counseling or mental health support at some time in their life. Common emotional/psychological problems range from stress-related health symptoms, to relationship issues, grief & loss, anxiety, and depression. Many people have problems with substance abuse or other compulsive behaviors (e.g., with food, spending, “workaholism”) that can be defeated only…