Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a well-known mental health disorder, but not well understood. How many times have you heard a friend say “I’m so OCD, I have to keep my kitchen spotless! Or “I’m so OCD I color code my t-shirts!” We as a society have adopted the word “OCD” as a synonym for … Continue reading The Stigma Around OCD
I first heard of the term "neurodivergent" from a client, who had used it to describe her partner. Always curious, I asked her to elaborate while I took some notes. Later, when I looked into the term, I was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of information I found. The term "neurodivergent" refers to a viewpoint … Continue reading Neurodivergent: What is it, and Why Is It Showing Up in My TikTok?
Before you read this article, please take care of yourself. If you need help to stay alive right now, please call 911. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 anytime you need to talk or get ideas to cope. If you have not told a professional about your thoughts of suicide … Continue reading What happens if I tell my therapist/counselor I’m having thoughts of suicide?
This month, we’ve discussed warning signs and how to talk to others about suicide. Now what are some ways to cope with suicidal thoughts or help our loved ones cope? First of all, if you or a loved one are in danger of completing suicide Call 911. Emergency assistance may be needed if you feel … Continue reading Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
Parents, there are many difficult conversations you need to have with your child. No doubt, talking about suicide is somewhere at the top of that list. It’s a conversation that you need to be ready for, though. According to a recent report by the CDC, suicide is now the second leading cause of among teens … Continue reading How do I talk to my teen about suicide?
Awhile back, we spoke with faculty at UMKC about student stress and suicide risk. Suicidality among college students is a very real concern, and the additional stressors brought on by COVID-19 serve to exacerbate what is already a vulnerable psychological state. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, here is a simple guide of what to … Continue reading Suicidality and Suicide Prevention Month
Teachers, parents, coaches, other mentors, and therapists play a pivotal role in co-regulating with their students/children/clients/etcetera. In an era of people experiencing more and more exposure to anxiety and trauma, co-regulation skills can make the difference between thriving and struggling. Younger children need the most help learning self-regulation skills, but many older children and adults … Continue reading Back to School Basics: Learning Co-Regulation
Back to school can lead to increase feelings of overwhelm. Adapting to an advancement in grade level and a stricter schedule than you may have had during the summer months can cause stress, even for younger kids. When in the classroom, kiddos don’t have the opportunity to exit the situation and decompress by themselves. It … Continue reading Tackling Back-to-School Jitters
So, my pandemic project has been learning how to bake pies. Armed with a recipe from the internet and high hopes, my first attempt was… passable, but only just (see below). As I anticipated, the dough was tricky. I had been tempted multiple times during the process to just give up and say, “I can’t … Continue reading Back to School: Pack Up the Pencils, the Papers … and the PIE?!
For so many of us, August marks a time of change, a beginning or ending, or a shift from one life phase into another. Some of us return to school, leave home for college, or begin a new job. August is the long kiss goodbye to summer as our bodies and minds prepare to shift … Continue reading Increasing our Interoceptive Awareness to Cope with Change