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by Michael Stein, PsyD

If you suffer from anxiety, you probably have a contentious and complicated relationship with your mind. It feels like your mind tortures you. It gives you all these thoughts about what you should be scared of and horrible things that could happen to you.  

by Dominique Apollon, MA, LPC, NCC

The “unknown” is anxiety provoking for just about everyone. So how will this upcoming school year be for our teens? We don't know, and neither do they.

by Suma Chand, MPhil, PhD

There is no doubt that coping with chronic neurological illnesses can be very distressing. What is however not frequently recognized is the fact that the distress is often a full-fledged co-morbid (co-existing) psychiatric condition that is present alongside the neurological condition.

by Michael Stein, PsyD

If you have made the wise decision that it is time to get help, first of all: good for you. Treatment for anxiety disorders requires a significant investment of time, energy, and effort.

by Patricia Thornton, PhD

One of the more difficult symptoms of OCD that my patients deal with is the presence of mental compulsions.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound that has gained popularity in recent years. Here are some frequently asked questions about CBD answered by two mental health professionals who are working in this area:

by Martin Stork

“Thoughts don’t matter, but your response to them does.” – Adrian Wells

by H. Yavuz Ince, MD

Omar: “My name is Omar. I came to Istanbul in the summer of 2012. I lost my mom and toys in Aleppo. I was eight and my younger brother, Aziz, was seven when we crossed the border with my dad. Dad received a back injury during the war.

by Lynne Siqueland, PhD

Families often ask themselves what to look for to know if their child or teen is struggling with anxiety, depression or OCD. And other families are often beating themselves up for not noticing or missing what their children are experiencing.

by Michelle C. Lozano, AMFT

Discussing mental health is difficult for everyone, especially for those who experience their own mental health challenges. Our society has made this a taboo topic, which only exacerbates the issue.