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How To Address School Avoidance – Parents Guide 

School avoidance has long been a serious concern for many parents, educators, and mental health professionals. It is a phenomenon characterized by a child’s reluctance or refusal to attend school, which can stem from countless complex emotional, psychological, and environmental factors. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this issue for many families due to increased stressors, disruptions in routine, and the transition to remote or hybrid learning formats. Understanding and addressing school refusal requires empathy, patience, and a commitment to uncovering the root causes behind a child’s anxiety. This guide aims to empower parents with strategies and insights on choosing the right interventions to offer a supportive environment that encourages attendance and well-being. What is School Refusal? School avoidance, often misconstrued as mere truancy, involves a complex interplay of factors that can make attending schoo...

By LifeStance Health

Published: May 13, 2024
Read Time: 5 Minutes
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Lifestyle/Cultural

Are AI and Mental Health Compatible?

In a world where technology seems to weave itself into the fabric of our daily lives more and more, it’s no wonder we’re looking to it for solutions to some of our most complex problems, like mental health care. The intersection of AI and mental health is not just a sci-fi fantasy–it’s becoming a tangible reality that’s reshaping the ways we approach and understand mental well-being. Artificial Intelligence Helps Patient Diagnosis and Assessments The advent of artificial intelligence in healthcare has been nothing short of transformative. While AI has been around for a while, it’s only recently that we’re starting to see its direct impact on diagnosing and treating conditions like Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. AI’s impact on healthcare and mental health care is predominantly seen within diagnostics and assessments. AI excels in processing vast amounts of data rapidly and objectiv...

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 28, 2024
Read Time: 6 Minutes
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Lifestyle/Cultural

How To Tell If Your Relationship is Emotionally Abusive

This content has been updated from the previous article on September 10, 2020 Romantic relationships can be many things — exciting, terrifying, fulfilling, and difficult. Even healthy relationships can have difficult spells. However, some relationships involve hidden abuse that affects a person’s psychological and emotional state. Recognizing signs of emotional abuse in a relationship is crucial for ensuring one’s emotional well-being and fostering healthy connections. Emotional abuse often operates beneath the surface, making it challenging to identify, but its effects can be deeply damaging. This type of abuse involves manipulative behaviors, such as belittling, control, intimidation, and constant criticism, aimed at eroding an individual’s self-esteem and autonomy. It’s important to address this issue because emotional abuse can have long-lasting psychological scars and can escalate into more severe forms of abuse. By learning to recognize the subtle red flags, individuals can take steps to protect themselves and seek support to build healthier, more respectful relationships....

By LifeStance Health

Published: January 10, 2024
Read Time: 8 Minutes
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Lifestyle/Cultural

How to Tell if a Relationship is Codependent

This content has been updated from previous article on December 1, 2020. It’s impossible to tell exactly how many people are in codependent relationships of some sort. But some experts estimate that up to 90 percent of Americans show some signs of codependency. Some of those signs lead to full-blown codependent relationships, which are unhealthy for everyone involved. Healthy relationships are built on mutual love, trust, and support. Healthy interdependent relationships distinguish each individual’s needs, and each partner makes an effort to support each other’s emotional and physical need without being demanding or controlling of the other. Healthy boundaries are also set between each partner, and communication styles clearly defined. How can you know if any of your relationships are codependent? First, it’s important to understand what “codependency” really means and compare your relationships to some common examples. Then ask yourself a few key questions to determine if you could use more independence in your important relationships....

By LifeStance Health

Published: November 15, 2023
Read Time: 7 Minutes
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Lifestyle/Cultural

3 Steps to Getting Mental Health Coverage

This content has been updated from previous article on February 10, 2022. Many people hold off on getting the mental health care they need including therapy and counseling because they don’t think it will be covered by their insurance. While that may have been true years ago, things have changed quite a bit in September 2022. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have mandated that mental health and substance use disorder services be covered by insurance plans at the same level as medical and surgical services. This means that insurance plans are generally required to provide coverage for mental health treatment, therapy, counseling, and sometimes prescription medications. This means insurers must treat financial requirements equally. For example, an insurance company can’t charge a $60 copay for office visits to a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist if it only charges a $10 copay for most medical office visits. Below we will review a simple check to help you make sure you can get the insurance coverage you need. By following these helpful steps listed below, you can get the most out of your insurance policy and get coverage for the mental health coverage you are looking for....

By LifeStance Health

Published: November 1, 2023
Read Time: 9 Minutes
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Lifestyle/Cultural

World Mental Health Day: A Celebration of Universal Human Rights

World Mental Health Day, observed annually on October 10th, stands as a testament to the growing recognition of mental health’s significance in our lives. This day, instituted by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) in 1992, serves as a global platform to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma, and advocate for better mental health services. According to WHO, 1 in every 8 people in the world live with a mental disorder. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability, and suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds. People with severe mental health conditions die prematurely – as much as two decades early – due to preventable physical conditions. World Mental Health Day spotlights these staggering statistics by employing awareness campaigns, thematic focus, data sharing, public events, grassroots movements, and social media activism. These efforts drive dialogue, action, and advocacy, emphasizing the extent of global mental health challenges. Each year, a theme is decided on to encourage a positive direction and raise awareness for mental health issues. In 2021, this was “Mental Health in an Unequal World” as It brought the focus on those who had other long-term health conditions, single parents, and marginalized groups that are at a high...

By LifeStance Health

Published: October 9, 2023
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Lifestyle/Cultural

Coping with Back To School: Rising Depression and Anxiety Rates on Campus Met with a Rise in Student Support-Seeking

The transition to college is exciting, yet it brings new challenges, including a rise in Mental Health issues. Back-to-school Anxiety can keep students from thriving on campus, so it’s time we understand and address this growing concern. Key Takeaways College students face unique challenges that can lead to Depression and Anxiety. Identifying the specific types of disorders and their symptoms is crucial for effective intervention. Complex factors like school Stress, COVID-19, and environmental triggers contribute to Mental Health issues. Seeking mental health support while in college, including therapies and medications, is up 7% from 2020....

By LifeStance Health

Published: September 18, 2023
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Coping with Back To School: Rising Depression and Anxiety Rates on Campus Met with a Rise in Student Support-Seeking