Sleep Health Hub

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep for Better Mental Health

Sleep is an important step toward having better mental health. So how can you get more hours of better sleep? Build a consistent schedule Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (yes, even on weekends) …

Focus on

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Debunking Myths About Anxiety

Nearly one in every five Americans experiences some form of anxiety disorder. Though that’s millions of people, many myths and misconceptions still surround anxiety. Here’s just a few that we know aren’t true. Myth: Anxiety isn’t a real illness. Everyone …

Therapy Health Hub

Say Something Week

In four out of five school shootings, the attacker told people their plans ahead of time. During Say Something Week, Valley Oaks Health is sharing the signs of potential violence and asking you to say something when you see something. …

Mindfulness, Therapy Health Hub

5 Ways Love is Good for Your Mental and Physical Health

Whether romantic or platonic, love has a positive effect on our mental and physical health. Spending time with loved ones and growing relationships can make you happier, less stressed, less anxious, and more self-aware. As an added bonus, these special …

The Importance of Self-Care During Recovery

Addiction negatively affects your mood, motivation levels, and self-image. The boost that once came with substance use is now absent, but the stress and anxiety of everyday life don’t disappear. When entering recovery, it’s important to have a self-care routine …

New Ways to Cope

The term “coping mechanism” describes a conscious action you take when reacting to tough situations or turbulent emotions. Different circumstances call for different reactions, so it’s important to recognize what’s healthy, what’s not, and how to better react in the …

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What is Self-Injury?

Self-injury is the deliberate destruction of a person’s own body. This behavior is not always an attempt at suicide but rather an unhealthy way of coping with emotional pain, frustration, and anger.  While a person suffering from self-injury tendencies may …

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Getting Treatment on a Budget

Therapy isn’t always cheap. Nearly 12% of American adults with a diagnosed mental illness don’t have any form of health insurance. For those with coverage, therapy can still be pricey if local therapists don’t accept their particular plan or a …

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Recognizing Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Young Adults

Even the most angelically-behaved children push boundaries now and then. It’s a normal part of child development to test limits set by parents, teachers, and other adults. But what about early adolescents and teens who are consistently uncooperative and hostile?  …

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Why You Should Do a Depression Screening

October 8 is National Depression Screening Day. While it may not be the most well-known health awareness holiday, it is an important one. Like any chronic condition, catching symptoms is an important first step. Depression screenings can point out possible …

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How to Recognize Addiction

During the month of September, we are shining a light on journeys to recovery. Until the problem of addiction is recognized, recovery can’t happen.  Whether you fear your substance use is out of control or believe a loved one is …

COVID Health Hub

How the Recent Pandemic Worsened the Opioid Epidemic

Long before “COVID” was a term known by millions around the globe, an opioid crisis was sweeping the nation. In 2018, the number of drug overdose deaths across the U.S. was four times higher than in 1999. Nearly 70 percent of those …

Exercise Health Hub

3 Reasons to Swim Outside This Summer

Being the hottest of the four seasons, nothing beats a refreshing summer swim — especially while enjoying the outdoors. Although swimming has been shown to support weight loss, build cardiovascular strength, and enhance overall fitness, this beneficial aerobic exercise can …

COVID, Mindfulness Health Hub

Read for Resiliency

Over the past couple of decades, reading in America has declined. Between 2003 and 2016, the amount of time the average American spent on reading for personal interest dropped from 0.36 hours to 0.29 hours daily. Although television and the …

COVID, Mindfulness Health Hub

How to Combat Anxiety as an Expectant Mother During the Pandemic

Social distancing and lockdown measures are stressful for everyone recently impacted by COVID-19. However, expectant mothers are facing several unique challenges and worries. There are numerous unknown variables at this time, and when combined with feelings of isolation, many mothers-to-be …

COVID, Mindfulness, Therapy Health Hub

Parental Depression – How it Impacts Children

Depression continues to be one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 17. 3 million American adults had at least one depressive episode. While studying the impact that depression has on children, …

COVID, Diet Health Hub

Food Planning: Reduce Your Anxiety in 5 Steps

If you have been to the supermarket recently, you may have noticed that shelves are rather empty. This has caused a wave of panic in regard to perceived food shortages, which has led to stock-piling behavior and feelings of uncertainty. …

COVID Health Hub

How to Effectively Support Your Mental Health During the COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has swept the globe, creating a wave of fear and uncertainty. In countries such as Italy, residents have been ordered to remain in lockdown and in others, such as the United States, many are voluntarily entering a …

Mindfulness Health Hub

Managing Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak

As most city and state governments have responded to COVID-19 by calling for social distancing between people and the widespread closure of restaurants, libraries, offices, and more, the world has suddenly become a much different place. For some of us, …

Mindfulness Health Hub

People Who Do This One Thing Are Happier

Gratitude is one of the keys to greater happiness. Study after study shows that people who are thankful tend to feel more positive emotions and see improvements in their mental health. If you’re wondering how to make your relationships better, …

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ADHD Treatments: 5 Really Promising Research Updates

Research into the mysteries of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is booming. By early 2017, more than 31,000 research studies and papers had been published in medical journals about this most-common childhood mental disorder that now affects an estimated one in …

Exercise https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/lifting-weights-might-lift-your-mood

Lifting weights might lift your mood

Diet, Therapy http://www.healthcommunities.com/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/lifestyle-changes-ptsd.shtml

Reduce PTSD Symptoms through Lifestyle Changes

Exercise https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a20809717/running-reduces-ptsd-symptoms/

Running Reduces PTSD Symptoms

Mindfulness, Therapy https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/integrative-mental-health-care/201904/meditation-and-yoga-can-reduce-symptoms-ptsd

Meditation and Yoga Can Reduce Symptoms of PTSD

Therapy https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/integrative-mental-health-care/201702/virtual-reality-exposure-therapy-ptsd-in-the-military

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD in the military

Exercise, Sleep, Therapy https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/314435.php#clinical_support

Natural remedies for treating bipolar disorder

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Everyday Tips for Living With Bipolar Disorder

There’s a lot you can do to help manage your bipolar disorder. Along with seeing your doctor and therapist and taking your medicines, simple daily habits can make a difference. Start with these strategies. Set a schedule. Many people with bipolar disorder find if …

Diet, Therapy https://www.psycom.net/bipolar-disorder-treatment

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Diet, Exercise, Therapy https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-disorders/schizophrenia-treatment-and-self-help.htm

Schizophrenia Treatment and Self-Help

Therapy https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/schizophrenia-caregiver-guide/support-self-care-for-schizophrenia/

6 Ways to Support Self-Care for Someone With Schizophrenia

Exercise Health Hub

How Exercise Works Like A Drug for ADHD

Physical activity has short-term but powerful benefits for adults and kids with ADHD. It’s no surprise that exercise boasts many health benefits — but it may also help ease or even treat both child and adult ADHD symptoms. “Exercise can definitely …

Exercise https://www.additudemag.com/exercise-and-the-adhd-brain/

Exercise and the ADHD Brain: The Neuroscience of Movement

Exercise https://childmind.org/article/adhd-and-exercise/

ADHD and Exercise

Exercise, Therapy https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/treating-anxiety-without-medication

Treating anxiety without medication

Diet, Exercise, Sleep, Therapy https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/7-natural-remedies-for-anxiety-in-adults.html

Feeling Anxious? 7 Natural Remedies for Anxiety That Work Really Fast

Diet https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/expert-answers/herbal-treatment-for-anxiety/faq-20057945

Herbal Treatment for anxiety: Is it effective?

Sleep https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/anxiety-and-stress-weighing-heavily-at-night-a-new-blanket-might-help

Anxiety and stress weighing heavily at night? A new blanket might help

Diet, Sleep, Therapy Health Hub

How to cope with OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be a disruptive condition to live with, but there are steps that you can take to cope with it. In this Spotlight, we take you through them. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs when a person has recurring thoughts and …

Therapy https://www.intrusivethoughts.org/blog/five-daily-lifestyle-changes-manage-intrusive-thoughts/

Five Daily Lifestyle Changes to Manage Intrusive Thoughts

Diet https://www.livestrong.com/article/444633-how-can-ocd-be-prevented-by-diet/

How Can OCD Be Prevented by Diet?

Diet, Exercise, Sleep, Therapy https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-tips-living-with-ocd#2

Tips for Living With OCD

Exercise Health Hub

Can exercise help conquer addiction?

As an athlete, I think regularly about the potential health benefits of exercise for my patients. Every week, I treat patients hospitalized at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with significant medical problems that are a direct result of severe addiction, ranging …

Exercise https://www.verywellmind.com/using-exercise-to-aid-alcohol-and-drug-recovery-67894

Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery

Exercise, Sleep, Therapy https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

Yoga for anxiety and depression

Therapy https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201710/7-ways-creativity-supports-addiction-recovery

7 Ways Creativity Supports Addiction Recovery

Therapy https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/how-can-prescription-drug-addiction-be-treated

How can prescription drug addiction be treated?

Diet, Exercise https://www.unityrehab.com/blog/exercise-beat-addiction/

How Exercise Can Help You Beat Addiction

Diet, Exercise, Sleep https://www.blurtitout.org/blog/

Blurt It Out

Exercise Health Hub

The Benefits of Exercise for MDD

The benefits of regular exercise can’t be overstated. Exercise can decrease your risk for cancer and heart disease. It can also strengthen your immune system and lower your risk of infections. Exercise is especially important if you have major depressive …

Diet https://www.healthline.com/health/depression/managing-major-depressive-disorder/nutrition

A Nutritional Guide to Managing Your MDD