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Tips for Avoiding Relapse

The most important moment before relapse isn’t the final decision to use a drug. It’s when you decide to expose yourself to triggers. For example, a trigger could be going to a party or walking through the liquor section at the store. Before encountering your triggers, you still have most of the control. Not your […]

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Bipolar I vs. Bipolar II Disorder

  Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme high and low moods that can be intercepted by periods of symptom-free , “normal” mood. Symptoms can occur between the two poles of depression and mania: Depression– Dysthymia (low-grade depression)- Euthymia (normal mood)- Hypomania (low-grade mania)- Mania There are two […]

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SUICIDE: An uncomfortable conversation that can save a life

Why talk about suicide? Suicide is preventable Connections to family and friends or to health professionals keep people alive Crises pass Most people who are suicidal do not actually want to die. They only want their emotional pain to stop, but people who are depressed don’t see choices and feel hopeless. Suicide prevention with a […]

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Quick Impulse Control/Distress-Tolerance Strategies

When you feel overwhelmed by anxiety or depression, or when you have an urge to engage in self-harm behaviors, you can use the following strategies:   Grounding: the idea is to focus all your attention on one thing or one activity to distract yourself from unhealthy behaviors or distressing thoughts: Mentally describe an object in […]

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Invitation to Reach Out and Seek Help After Recent Suicides

Like so many others, the clinicians and staff at OCHPA were saddened by the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdin. We urge you to reach out if you have any thoughts of hurting yourself, or are concerned about a loved one. Please do not hesitate to call 911 or contact the National Suicide […]

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Thoughts Are Not Facts

According to the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach, at some time or other, we all make the following errors of thinking: All or Nothing Thinking: looking at things/situations in black and white (e.g., thinking you can’t trust anybody ever if one person betrayed your trust). Overgeneralization: one thing goes badly and you think that everything […]

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Mental Health Awareness Month

  Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness month. Each year, millions of Americans experience the reality of coping with mental health difficulties. This month is dedicated to spreading awareness of different mental health issues and fighting stigma related to mental health and illness. Why is it important to […]

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10 Ways to Improve Communication

Effective communication is one of the most important life skills we can learn—yet one we don’t usually put a lot of effort into. Whether you want to have better conversations in your social life or get your ideas across better at work, here are some essential tips for learning to communicate more effectively.   Watch […]

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Does Money Make you Meaner?

While we as human beings strive to get along and live in peace amongst one another, the reality shows otherwise. We live in an era of increasing economic inequality. The top 20 percent of people in the United States in the world hold almost 90 percent of the country’s wealth. What does all this money […]

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month? Since 2004, the prevalence of Autism has nearly doubled. Today, Autism affects on average 1 in every 68 births within the United States. More specifically, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Although there is no current single known cause of Autism, there are […]

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