Healing from Within: The Transformative Power of Meditation in Trauma Treatment
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by Sophia Sealy
2M ago
In a world filled with constant stimuli and stressors, the impact of trauma is more prevalent than ever. Whether it stems from a singular event or prolonged exposure to distressing circumstances, trauma can leave lasting scars on the mind and body. Traditional approaches to trauma treatment often focus on cognitive therapy or medication, but an increasingly recognized and powerful tool in the healing process is meditation. Meditation, an ancient practice rooted in various cultures and religions, has gained widespread recognition in recent years for its myriad mental, emotional, and physical b ..read more
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Understanding Seasonal Variations in Mental Health: The Impact of Spring on Mood Disorders
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by Sophia Sealy
3M ago
I often see people look towards Spring with hope as we have made it through the winter months. The winter months can come with decreased sunlight, snow, and very low temperatures. Once those weeks are done, people often believe that the increased light and warmer weather will improve mood and energy. For some, this seasonal change can be a positive experience. For others, this change in weather can sometimes have an adverse impact on their mood and energy. Seasonal changes, especially the approach of spring, have a profound effect on mental health and frequently exacerbate symptoms for those ..read more
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4 Strategies for Dealing with the Demands of High School
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by Sophia Sealy, LPC, ADHD-CCSP
4M ago
High school can be challenging. Whether you are dealing with puberty, dating, or making decisions that will impact your future beyond high school, it's essential to develop healthy habits and stress management skills to help you through the challenges of teenage life. In this blog post, I will share fou strategies for preventing teen burnout in high school! 4 Strategies for Dealing with the Demands of High School: Make time for yourself "me time" to recharge your batteries and do something you enjoy. It's essential not just on weekends but also on weekdays when school demands are high. "Me ..read more
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Understanding ADHD: Unveiling Gender Differences in Girls and Boys
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by Sophia Sealy
4M ago
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder commonly associated with children, but it can also persist into adulthood. While both boys and girls can experience ADHD, its manifestation and symptoms often differ between the two genders. By shedding light on these discrepancies, we aim to bring awareness to the unique challenges faced by girls with ADHD and promote a better understanding of this complex condition. ADHD in Girls: 1. Internalization of Symptoms: Unlike stereotypical ADHD symptoms, such as hyperactivity and impulsivity, girls with ADHD frequently ..read more
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Autumn Wellness: Strategies For Maintaining Your Mental Health During Fall
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by Sophia Sealy
4M ago
Title: "Fall into Wellness: Nurturing Your Mental Health During Autumn" Introduction: As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, autumn ushers in a season of transformation and reflection. But while many of us revel in the beauty of fall, it's essential to remember that seasonal changes can also affect our mental health. In this blog post, we'll explore some practical tips for safeguarding your mental well-being during the fall season. 1. Embrace the Outdoors: Fall's natural beauty provides an excellent opportunity to spend time outdoors. Whether taking a stroll through a colorful par ..read more
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Growing Up with Emotionally Immature Parents - Insights, Challenges, and Healing
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by Victoria Sforza
4M ago
When you hear emotional immaturity, do you often think of a young child throwing a tantrum? Maybe the behavior of a friend or someone you know makes you feel like you’re back in high school. As the discussion and implementation of boundaries are becoming more prominent in our relationships, you may have found that possibly your parent(s) exemplifies some immaturity. Growing up, did you feel like you were different from your parents or family members? Maybe you were labeled as “sensitive” or “needing too much,” but all you needed was to be heard and understood. Did you have to walk on eggshells ..read more
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What are the overlooked symptoms of trauma?
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by Sophia Sealy
4M ago
Trauma can be a very personal and traumatic experience, and its effects can be far-reaching. Unfortunately, many of the trauma symptoms can often be overlooked or disregarded, leading to further suffering and prolonged healing. From physical ailments and changes in behavior to difficulty forming relationships and regulating emotions, the effects of trauma can be challenging to recognize. Physical Symptoms Physical symptoms might be the most unpleasant and are frequently the simplest to observe on the surface. Trauma symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, and changes in appetite and sleep ..read more
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Advantages of Utilizing Online Counseling For Anxiety Treatment
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by Sophia Sealy
4M ago
While observing the effects of the global pandemic, it’s becoming increasingly common for individuals to experience mental health issues, such as anxiety. Fortunately, the symptoms of anxiety can be managed using tools, support and coping sills.One tool that can be used to help manage anxiety is online counseling for anxiety treatment. Online counseling and anxiety treatment are popular options that offer many benefits, including convenience, affordability, and increased access to mental health resources. Online counseling can provide an individual with a safe space to discuss the issues they ..read more
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Lehigh University Student Highlights
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by Sophia Sealy, LPC, ADHD-CCSP
4M ago
Sophia Sealy is an alumna of Lehigh Univerisity’s counseling program. She has partnered with Lehigh University to collaborate with current students to assist with providing summer job opportunities. Sophia’s goal was to give creative freedom to the Undergraduate students to use their recently learned skills to contribute to community mental health. Links to their blogs can be found in this post. Sarah Gnall Sarah Gnall is a first-year student at Lehigh University, looking to major in Chemical Engineering and minor in Psychology and Spanish. At Lehigh University, she is a member of Lehigh’s E ..read more
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Supporting Children after Violence-Related Trauma
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by Marian Meli
4M ago
With the recent increase in violence, especially within US schools, it is important to check in on our children and how they are feeling. These traumatic events can begin to raise concerns in our children about their own safety at school and in their communities. Whether the child has experienced violence firsthand or not, it can still take a toll on their mental wellbeing. Understanding how to discuss these difficult topics with children as well as support them can help ease the child and their concerns.   Tips on How to Support Your Child  Facilitating conversations abou ..read more
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