How to Respond & Deal with Microaggressions
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by Minkyung Chung, MS, LMHC
4M ago
Microaggressions are subtle, indirect forms of discrimination that can be either intentional or unintentional. You can encounter microaggressions in various situations and settings, including the workplace, academic arenas, or personal relationships.  Knowing how to deal with microaggressions can be tricky — it requires a delicate balance of being confident and asserting yourself while being able to maintain the relationship. With the right strategies, though, you can effectively handle these inappropriate and dangerous interactions.  Use our tips to prepare for when and how to resp ..read more
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How to Get Psychiatric Medication without Insurance
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by Dr. Muhammad Munir, MD
4M ago
You already know how important managing your mental health is, but if you don’t have health insurance to help cover the cost of treatment, it can just add to your stress. Prescription medication can be vital in overcoming otherwise debilitating symptoms of your mental health condition. Finding the right prescription medication can be a critical part of your mental health care journey as you try to get to a place where you’re happy and healthy. If drug cost is a concern and you don’t have insurance or adequate health insurance coverage, we’ve got some good news. You can learn how to get mental ..read more
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Do Antidepressant Medications Work?
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by Dr. Dion Metzger
4M ago
Doctors and psychiatrists have been prescribing depression medication for decades — taking antidepressants is often the first-line treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD), which affects an estimated 21 million adults in the United States every year. Yet, while countless studies confirm the efficacy of antidepressant medication, it’s still natural to wonder: do antidepressants work?  Hesitation is natural — it can stem from worrying about antidepressant drug side effects or wanting to use holistic and natural remedies to treat depression. Because not every medication works the same ..read more
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6 Signs You Might Need Antidepressants
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by Bisma Anwar, LMHC
4M ago
Reader’s Note: If you or someone you love is having thoughts of suicide or self-harm, reach out to the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Depression is a common mental health condition that can impact every part of your life — from interpersonal relationships to professional growth to the ability to get out of bed and complete normal daily functions and tasks. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that roughly 5% of adults — about 280 million people — are living with depression today. Depression affects everyone different ..read more
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6 Effective Alternatives to Antidepressant Medications
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by Elizabeth Keohan, LCSW-C
4M ago
Antidepressants can be incredibly effective in treating depression and numerous other mental health conditions. Recent research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 10% of Americans 12 years and older may be taking some form of antidepressant medication.  While depression medication efficacy is proven — and can be further enhanced when combined with therapy and other forms of depression treatment — many people seek alternatives to antidepressants. They might do so because they’re concerned about the side effects of antidepressant drugs, their medication doesn’t w ..read more
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11 Impactful Benefits of Grief Counseling
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by Reshawna Chapple, PhD, LCSW
4M ago
Grief is something everyone will experience at some point in life. It’s a universal reaction to loss that’s unavoidable. Yet, while it’s a journey everyone must eventually take, the path to healing from grief is unique. No two people’s experiences with grief are the same, which makes the grief journey even more lonely, painful, and difficult to navigate. The good thing is, grief counseling can help. Grief counseling is a specific type of therapy that helps you understand and process the emotions brought on by grieving. It’s a place where you can build coping strategies and increase self-aware ..read more
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9 Signs You Might Need Anxiety Medication
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by Dr. Muhammad Munir, MD
4M ago
Anxiety is a common but highly treatable condition. Research shows it impacts the lives of 40 million American adults each year, making it the most common mental health condition in the country. However, despite the efficacy of anxiety treatment options, less than 40% of people seek help.  Anxiety can manifest with emotional and physical symptoms that affect your day-to-day. Recognizing possible signs you need anxiety medication is crucial if you hope to prevent it from wreaking further havoc on your life. Only a qualified healthcare professional can officially diagnose anxiety. Your doc ..read more
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How Much Does Grief Counseling Cost?
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by Minkyung Chung, MS, LMHC
4M ago
Losing a loved one is a devastating journey we all must go on at some point in life. Grief is a highly personal, painful experience — and there’s no one way to go through it. The grieving process is different for everyone. There’s no right or wrong way to “do it.” As daunting as this significant loss can be though, there is hope; you don’t have to grieve alone. Grief counseling can be an instrumental part of your healing process, but if you’re wondering how much grief counseling costs — rest assured, that’s completely normal. The truth is, the cost of grief counseling can widely vary. It depe ..read more
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7 Abilify Alternatives to Consider
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by Bisma Anwar, LMHC
5M ago
Abilify (aripiprazole) is a medication prescribed to treat conditions like schizophrenia, major depressive disorder (MDD), and bipolar disorder. It’s in the class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics, which work by regulating levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin in the brain. This antipsychotic medication can help with emotion regulation, disorganized thinking, anger, delusions, concentration, and impulsivity, among other things. While Abilify works well for some people, this antipsychotic treatment might not benefit everyone. Maybe the antipsychotic drug doesn’t offer ..read more
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Does Insurance Cover DBT?
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by Famous Erwin, LMHC, LPC
5M ago
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a common type of psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) that helps people identify unhealthy thought processes so they can change them.  Whether you’re seeking help for yourself, or for someone you care about, understanding the ins and outs of DBT insurance coverage is a crucial part of the equation. To determine if DBT is covered by insurance, you need to first understand that insurance benefits can widely vary based on plan specifics.  While knowing if DBT therapy is covered by insurance is important, you should also keep in mind that th ..read more
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