Behavioral Health Blog

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How Couples Can Thrive in Quarantine

By: Isabelle Morley, Psy.D. Couples are being challenged more than ever before because of COVID-19. Stable households have been thrown into chaos; finances are stressful, children are unexpectedly home, jobs are changed or gone, social interactions are limited or virtual, and usual outlets for stress relief are no longer available. After several months of being cooped up together even the best of us can…

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Is an Intensive Outpatient Program Right for Your Loved One?

Mental health care is not a one-size-fits-all type of healthcare. Much like with physical health issues, people with mental health conditions need varying levels of care based on the severity of their symptoms. However, it can be hard for people to determine the right level of care for a loved one in a mental health crisis. View this post on Instagram Speak and repeat:…

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10 Kinds of Thoughts That Harm Mental Health

The way people think is shaped by our personal experiences, feelings, beliefs, genetics, and more. Each thought is personal and unique. However, not all thoughts are equally true or helpful. Throughout life, many people have formed patterns of thoughts that are unhealthy coping mechanisms that have no basis in the reality of a given situation. These are called thought distortions or cognitive distortions, and…

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OCD vs. OCPD: What’s the Difference?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) share similar names and symptoms, but they are distinct disorders. The differences include: The classifications in the DSM-5 Which areas of life the symptoms affect How the patient perceives their symptoms The likelihood of developing certain symptoms Knowing the difference between these two disorders can help people understand themselves, people around them, or treatment options that…

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Living With Treatment-Resistant Depression? This Treatment Could Finally Work

[caption id="attachment_10003" align="alignnone" width="240" class="left"] By: Barry Jones, M.D.[/caption] Have you been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder? If so, you’re not alone. If first-line treatments like medication and therapy haven’t worked for you, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) may be able to help. This safe and effective therapy has been proven to relieve symptoms in people with treatment-resistant depression. How Common is Depression? It…

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Stress Management Techniques You Can Do Now

A poll conducted in April 2020 found that an unprecedented number of adults in the United States--60 percent--experience stress and worry daily. That number represents an increase of 14 percent in just one year. If you’re feeling stressed about your personal life or the state of the world right now, you’re not alone. Most importantly, help is available. While nobody can totally remove stressors…

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10 Ways Restaurant Staff Can Protect Their Mental Health Through the Pandemic

LifeStance CMO Gives Advice to Restaurant Workers

Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn, LifeStance Chief Medical Officer, was featured in Medium giving mental health advice for the restaurant industry. “The restaurant industry has been hard hit from all sides,” said Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn, a psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer at LifeStance, a behavioral health company based in Bellevue, Washington. “They have the financial loss, but also for restaurant owners there is that sense of…

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Election Anxiety is Real–Here’s How to Cope

Regardless of your personal political views, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: this election season has been hard. On top of the stress so many people are feeling about the pandemic, economic turmoil, and civil unrest, the upcoming election is causing anxiety across the country. If the nearing election is giving you panic and stress, you’re not alone. The American Psychological Association (APA)…

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Raising a Child with Healthy Self-Esteem

Ask any parent about their most important wishes for their child’s future, and you’re likely to hear that they just want the child to be happy. We all want our children to become happy, healthy adults. When you’re in the thick of parenting, this can feel like a difficult task. Part of raising children into happy adults is nurturing their self-image and self-esteem. Once…

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What Doctor Should You See for Psychiatric Medicine?

When people have cancer, they see oncologists. When they are pregnant, they see OB/GYNs. And when people have trouble with their hearts, they go to cardiologists. You get the gist--when we have specialized health problems, we see specialized medical providers. So why is it that so many people continue to seek psychiatric care from providers who do not specialize in psychiatric care? At LifeStance…

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