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Grief and Children

Grief and Children: How Adults Can Help Kids Process Loss

At some point, we all experience a loss and have an emotional reaction to it, called grief. Although the death of a loved one is the type of loss most associated with grief, people can grieve other losses, such as the end of a relationship. The grieving process can be difficult and painful for anyone, and it can be especially confusing for children.

ADHD in Girls

What Parents Need to Know About ADHD in Girls

For many years, both some behavioral health care professionals and the public at large believed Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was a condition that mostly affected boys. However, new studies and a better understanding of the disorder have found that all kinds of children can develop ADHD. Still, some research indicates that up to 75 percent of girls who have ADHD never get diagnosed.

Online Therapy

Is Online Therapy Effective? What You Need to Know Before You Book an Appointment

Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the United States in early 2020, the need for online therapy has been on the rise. Not only did in-person therapy become unsafe, but the pandemic itself seems to have caused a spike in mental health needs across the country. Between the lockdown, economic recession, and fear of the virus itself, it’s no wonder the demand for online therapy has exploded in recent months.


Agoraphobia After Quarantine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people with agoraphobia may notice that their symptoms worsen unexpectedly. Though some people with agoraphobia feel relief as the rest of the world stays at home more, others may feel significantly more anxious.

Online Therapist

Why Choose an Online Therapist with an In-Person Location

Telehealth can trace its roots back to the invention of the telephone. At that point, people could call their doctors to get some medical advice. In recent decades, communication technology has advanced significantly, and telehealth has become more prominent as a result.


How Teletherapy Revolutionized Behavioral Health

Technology has fundamentally changed the way people shop, eat, and interact with one another. Perhaps it is no surprise that smartphones and widespread access to the internet have also revolutionized behavioral healthcare. Teletherapy is just one of the recent technological advancements in behavioral health, but it has the capacity to completely change the mental health industry for the better.


What to Expect in Your First Telepsych Appointment

The term “telepsych” refers to behavioral health services that patients access virtually. In general, there are two types of telepsych services: teletherapy and telepsychiatry. Some patients may only use one or the other, while some people use both types of telepsych.

Social Distancing

How to Cope with Depression While Social Distancing

As the world faces a pandemic with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, municipalities everywhere are implementing social distancing guidelines and laws. In order to stop the spread of this virus, people are staying away from anyone who doesn’t live in the same home. While this is the socially responsible and safe thing to do, these social distancing measures can take a serious toll on your mental health.


"How Do I Know if I Have an Anxiety Problem?"

People often present to us wondering whether they may have an anxiety problem. Often they find themselves bogged down in their personal or professional lives with stress. Family members or loved ones may encourage them to seek help with anxiety.


Decoding the Data on Anti-Depressant Discontinuation

What percent of people coming off antidepressants really get a discontinuation syndrome? This question is hard to answer accurately.

Antidepressant TradeOff

Antidepressants: Balancing Trade-offs

In February, The Lancet-- a British medical journal-- published the largest study on antidepressants ever: Comparative Efficacy And Acceptability Of 21 Antidepressant Drugs For The Acute Treatment Of Adults With Major Depressive Disorder: A Systemative Review And Network Meta-Analysis. What did it find?

Money and Meds


A recent investigation by Clinical Psychiatry News discovered that a month’s supply of Abilify costs $750 at CVS and $13.75 at HealthWarehouse. The narcolepsy medication Provigil costs $724 at Walmart and $35 at Costco. Insurance companies, pharmacies, and middlemen negotiate complicated deals among themselves that can lead to dramatic variation in medication costs. But a little bit of work navigating this system can sometimes save you hundreds of dollars on expensive medications.