ADD and ADHD – What Do They Mean?

We hear the words ADD and ADHD a lot. You or your child may have been diagnosed with one. Still others are sometimes told “you’re ADD/ADHD” either in jest or as a subtle suggestion. Let’s look at what these labels mean, how you may be able to recognize the characteristics, an...

Be Nice to Yourself to Improve Mental Health

It’s often hard to stay positive and healthy during the middle of winter. These are typically cold, dark days with few holidays to brighten things.  Plus, many of us consumed too much rich food and heavy drink during November and December and are now feeling the effects. It’s easy to fe...

Removing the Stress from Your Holidays

This time of year when we’re surrounded by wonderful holidays should be the best part of life. But as anybody can tell you, the holidays are often the most stressful few weeks of the year.  Having to buy gifts on a tight budget, seeing family and friends, and dealing with overeating, more alc...

Joining Voices for 2020 National Recovery Month

Through September, the US observes National Recovery Month. This means that organizations, individuals, and initiatives across the country seek to raise awareness of mental health and substance use disorders and to educate our communities on the benefits and availability of treatment services for ...

Tips for Nervous System Regulation

Our nervous system is likely one of the most complex and organized networks that we have access to throughout our lives as human beings. However, for us to learn how to improve the ways we might be able to regulate our nervous system and, consequently, have better control of how we manage our organi...

Targeting Trauma on PTSD Awareness Month

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month is observed in June across the U.S. every year. This month, national organizations and individuals work collectively not only to spread awareness about trauma but also to educate others on the types of treatments available and proven to be effec...

What is Stress?

Stress often arises in the body for many different reasons and it’s often apparent in modern living. The brain reacts to stress by releasing the stress hormone known as “cortisol”, which activates the fight or flight response. Cortisol is an essential component of all living beings and it has ...

Give Yourself a Break

There is a misconception in our society when it comes to the words “self-care”. Society defines taking care of one’s body as buying an annual pass to the gym or picking up a kale salad instead of a juicy burger. Although, this is one form of self-care, it by no means is the definition of [&hel...