Author Archives: Tina C. Christian, LPC, NCC

Challenging the inevitability of inherited mental illness – Counseling Today

Source: Challenging the inevitability of inherited mental illness – Counseling Today Mental health issues are prevalent in many families, making it natural for some individuals to wonder or worry about the inherited risks of developing mental health problems…people with a family history of…

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

MHA MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING TOOLS Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And…

Avoidance is Easy! Facing the Roar, Now That’s Truly a Very Different Animal

Why is it easier to avoid issues and problems, than to deal with them? What does it truly mean to face the roar? Why is it so hard to actually deal with problems and issues head on? Well the short answer is fear…

The Differences in Counseling and Coaching Service and Benefits of Choosing a Licensed Professional Counselor as Your Coach

Understanding the Difference in Services While both services focus on defining goals, formulating a plan, hold the client accountable for progress, and provide structure, encouragement and support; please understand that Coaching and Counseling are two entirely separate services. Although there are some similarities,…

Depression And African Americans | Mental Health America

Not “Just the Blues” Clinical depression is more than life’s “ups” and “downs.” Life is full of joy and pain, happiness and sorrow. It is normal to feel sad when a loved one dies, or when you are sick, going through a divorce, or…

NEWS RELEASE: Missouri Insurance Department returns over $8 Million to Consumers in First Half of 2018

The Consumer Affairs Division collected $4.4 million in additional claim payments to consumers who filed complaints against their insurance companies. Source: NEWS RELEASE: Missouri Insurance Department returns over $8 Million to Consumers in First Half of 2018

Self-Help Book Recommendations – A TIME 2 TALK

WHAT IS A GOOD SELF-HELP BOOK IF I FEEL THAT I MAY NOT BE QUITE READY TO TRY THERAPY? SELF HELP BOOKS FOR PARENTS AND TEENS! Find self-help books that you can use at home and on your own! Source: Self-Help Book Recommendations…

The Link Between Binge Eating and Suicide | Psychology Today Canada

A recent study by Brown et al (2018) published in BMC Psychiatry suggests that people struggling with binge eating are at an increased risk of suicide, with those at higher weights having the highest risk. Source: The Link Between Binge Eating and Suicide | Psychology…

Beyond Growing Pains: Children and Mood Disorders | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Source: Beyond Growing Pains: Children and Mood Disorders | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness It’s easy to label troublesome behavior as “growing pains,” but we can’t brush off changes in behavior if they seem abnormal or excessive, especially if they happen frequently…

Sometimes It’s Good To Say “No”

Source: Association’s Counseling Corner Blog NEWS – ACA BLOGS Most of us, most of the time, want to be nice, to do what is asked and to please those asking for our help. We usually try to be accommodating at work, with our…

Study explores genetic relationship between childhood trauma and emotional inhibition

Concepts that relate childhood neglect to alexithymia (dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating) state that perceived lack of attention and insufficient exposure to adaptive emotional learning can lead to impaired emotion regulation of alexithymic subjects. Regarding associations between childhood abuse…

It Doesn’t Always Have To Be A Teen vs. Parent Fight

Yes, some conflict between parent and teen is inevitable, but there are things you can do to minimize the disagreements. Source: It Doesn’t Always Have To Be A Teen vs. Parent Fight

Letter penned by 27-year-old woman on her deathbed goes viral

A heartbreaking but inspiring letter from a dying Australian woman has gone viral after her death. Source: Letter penned by 27-year-old woman on her deathbed goes viral

Hip-hop works to break down mental health stigma for black men – NBC News

MTV VMA 2017: Watch Logic’s Moving “1-800-273-8255” PerformanceAUGUST 28 2017   Tears streamed down the face of suicide survivors as they stood on the stage at the Video Music Awards as hip-hop artist Logic performed “1-800-273-8255,” a song titled after the National Suicide…

Three Easy Steps To Build Self Confidence

Three Easy Steps To Build Self Confidence One of the largest problems that people have today is not having a lot of self-confidence….Read More

10 Surprising Facts About Loneliness | Psychology Today

You may be surprised to know that loneliness is as dangerous a cigarette smoking, significantly increase risk of cardiovascular disease, and suppressed immune system.  Read on and follow the link for more information provided in this Psychology Today article by Guy Winch, Ph.D.…

Now and Zen: Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioral issues in kids: Study finds mothers who experience significant prenatal stress may be increasing their child’s risk for behavioural issues — ScienceDaily

University of Ottawa. “Now and Zen: Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioral issues in kids: Study finds mothers who experience significant prenatal stress may be increasing their child’s risk for behavioural issues.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 August 2017. . Source: Now and Zen:…

Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Parenting

Parental Guilt Often times I hear many parents disclosing parental guilt that they themselves are not even aware. Unfortunately, parental guilt can and often times does lead to enabling the child. Parental guilt can be parents self-blaming, or feeling guilty about parenting techniques…

Emotions and Mood Regulation

Emotions and Mood Regulation We all have emotions! The ability to regulate them is essential to our health. When we allow our emotions to get the best of us, we can experience serious, unnecessary mental distress. Just our normal day-to-day routines can cause…

Mental Health Month – Raising Mental Health Awareness

Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the…

Too many children are suffering in silence – it’s time to start speaking to them about mental health

Last week marked the final session of the joint inquiry into the role of education in children’s mental health. Among the issues discussed throughout the inquiry were mental health awareness, training for teachers and support for pupils.   I want to consider that…

How what you eat may affect mental health

A new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact conditions like depression …research in the past few years has shown that a healthy diet is linked to a reduced risk of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety….…

People with mental health disorders at risk of stroke, study finds – Medical News Today

Stroke almost 3.5 times more likely in people with psychiatric disorders…New research connects mental illness with stroke, as those with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental disorders seem to have an increased risk of stroke. They found that people who…

Turning Self-Motivation into Self-Actualization: The Achievement of One’s Full Potential

Faith in oneself will bring about irrefutable, growth, change and success. There is no greater motivation than self-motivation. If you believe, you can and will achieve! That is not to say that it will come without hard work and perseverance, but if you…

Repealing The ACA Could Be A Nightmare For Mental Health Care | The Huffington Post

The ACA made measurable progress on mental health treatment Insurance makes treatment for mental health more easily accessible. And in the case of Obamacare, it seems to be working: The uninsured rate for people with a serious psychological health issue fell from 28.1…

How to avoid Facebook-induced depression – Medical News Today

research has suggested that using Facebook is linked to several mental health consequences, including depression, low self-esteem, and jealousy.Low moods and depressive symptoms appear to go hand-in-hand with Facebook use, but one of the triggering factors seems to be “social comparison.” Source: How…

Destination Relaxation

Relaxation should be an essential part of our everyday life, as it has so many physical and emotional benefits. We are not robots, nor are we built as such, so it is unrealistic to think that rest and relaxation is not a requirement.…

Aromatherapy for Mood Management

Aromatherapy for Mood Management Ever wonder why you feel more relaxed and calm while taking that bubble bath with all your scented bath oils and scented candled burning? Well the explanation as a result of multiple recent research studies and trials are in…

9 Steps for Reducing Stress this Holiday Season | World of Psychology

December is officially upon us. With the holiday season in full swing, we are more likely to encounter the unforeseen travel delays, frustratingly long lines, and triggering interpersonal interactions that tend to be commonplace this time of year. These situations can push our…

8 Tips to Avoid the Grips of Holiday Depression | Inc.com

No worries, a little mental preparation can calm those holidays blues. Source: 8 Tips to Avoid the Grips of Holiday Depression | Inc.com

Breaking the mental health taboo: ‘Please talk about it’ – BBC News

Since the recession more people have reported feeling stressed at work, and that can lead to mental health problems. How do you support the workforce by breaking the taboo around mental illness? Source: Breaking the mental health taboo: ‘Please talk about it’ –…

Pets Help People Manage Serious Mental Illnesses : Shots – Health News : NPR

People living with schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses say a pet can be not just a comforting companion but a reason to stay engaged with other people — and with life. Source: Pets Help People Manage Serious Mental Illnesses : Shots –…

Musical Training Creates New Brain Connections in Children

  According to researchers, taking music lessons can increase brain fiber connections in children. Music lessons may also prove a useful tool in treating Autism and ADHD. Source: Musical Training Creates New Brain Connections in Children  

Trump’s win is causing a surge in demand for mental health services – MarketWatch

Crisis hotlines saw an increase in calls following the election…including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Trevor Project’s suicide hotline for gay youth. Trevor Project executive director Steve Mendelsohn said callers were concerned about their rights under a President Trump. During the…

10 Ways Happy People Prioritize Their To-Do Lists

“What can I start doing today to make my life happier and more fulfilling?” This is one of the most common questions readers ask us via email, blog comments, and social media.  So today I want to s… So do yourself a favor…

How to Build Your Belief in Yourself | Psychology Today

But the good news is that with a little time and extra effort, you can develop the mental strength needed to overcome the self-limiting beliefs that prevent you from reaching your greatest potential. … and leap the biggest hurdle between the life you have and the…

7 Ways Survivors Can Grow After Trauma | Psychology Today

Life may end up even better than before the traumatic event. …story shows, positive things can come from traumatic experiences, including: Forgiveness, A recognition of  our strength, Enhanced resilence, Greater compassion for other trauma survivors, A sharpened sense of purpose, Deepened connection to…

How to Be Patient: Staying Calm Under Pressure

Find out how to become more patient at work and at home. The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open. – Arnold Glasow, American humorist   Read more to learn about: Why Practice…

Here’s What To Do If You Can’t Afford Therapy

Because money shouldn’t get in the way of getting the help you need. Source: Here’s What To Do If You Can’t Afford Therapy

Political Distress

Glancing at any social media forum or media broadcast, it becomes quite apparent that it’s that period where political views are profuse and emotions run wild. There is a common conception that there are things that bring conflict when discussing with other people;…

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | U.S. House of Representatives Passes Mental Health Care Reform: NAMI Applauds “A Major Step Forward”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking a major step forward to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness. Source: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | U.S. House of Representatives Passes…

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Acknowledging the Importance of Minority Mental Health Month

African Americans are 20% more likely to experience severe forms of mental health conditions including major depression, suicide and posttraumatic stress disorder.These realities are what make National Minority Mental Health Month so important. This month allows us to acknowledge and begin to alleviate…

Happiness is?

Happiness by definition is the state being happy; the state of well-being and contentment. What does happiness mean for you? Well in order to be happy, first you have to know what it is that makes you happy. A crucial part in determining…

Parenting with a Purpose

  The old saying goes, “Children don’t come with manuals.” True! However, as a parent it should be common knowledge that it is our responsibility to raise a decent human being, right? So let’s discuss what exactly raising a decent human being consist…

Time is priceless. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.

My time is my money. Time is not just priceless but invaluable simply because once we’ve lost it, we can never get it back. So to some, I may just seem impatient when I refuse to stand in the long lines at Wal-Mart;…

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Upon reading this quote, Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own…

Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders

Workaholism frequently co-occurs with ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression, a large national Norwegian study shows. The study showed that workaholics scored higher on all the psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics.

What Are Life Coaches and Wellness Coaches?

WebMD provides an overview of life coaches and wellness coaches: what they are, why people use them, and what happens during coaching sessions. Source: What Are Life Coaches and Wellness Coaches?

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI Ending the Silence

Learn about NAMI Ending the Silence, a program helping middle and high schoolers understand mental illness. Source: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI Ending the Silence

Is Online Counseling An Effective Means Of Help?

The American Counseling Association’s “Counseling Corner” Weekly Columns Is Online Counseling An Effective Means Of Help? from the American Counseling Association Today, just about any product, service or information is available on the Internet. Yet many people aren’t aware that professional counseling is…

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