Qualities to look for in a therapist

Therapy is a valuable tool that can help you resolve personal issues and keep your emotions and stress levels in check. It can also provide you with opportunities to set and achieve goals, as well as improve your communication skills. Since assistance from a therapist can have such a significant impact on your life, it’s important to find one who will be a good fit for you and your needs.

National Coming Out Day: An Interview with Scott Rose, Ph.D.

National Coming Out Day is here, and it’s an important reminder that we should all be doing our part to promote acceptance of the LGBTQI+ community.

According to a 2016 Gallup poll, 4.1% of respondents said they identify as LGBT, up from 3.5% in 2012. More and more Americans are openly identifying as LGBT—and there’s a greater acceptance of the community overall—but there’s still more work to be done.

Trauma and PTSD: What you need to know

Life has its ups and downs, and sometimes people experience or witness events that may cause trauma, such as:

Death of a loved one

Severe accident

Serious illness

Natural disaster

Sexual, physical, or verbal abuse

Divorce or breakup of a significant relationship

Distressing major societal event

When faced with such events, people respond in different ways.

The dangers of mental health stigma to adolescents

The World Health Organization estimates that around 10–20% of adolescents around the world experience mental illnesses, yet these remain underdiagnosed and undertreated. In the United States, North Carolina has the most number of untreated cases of depression among adolescents (74.3%) while Rhode Island has the least (39.5%). There are many factors that contribute to the gap in mental healthcare, but stigma has been identified as a major one.

5 Tips to help your kids cope with anxiety during a time of great uncertainty

In early 2020, stay-at-home orders were imposed across the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While some cities started reopening in May, some are closing again given the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

With no clear end to the pandemic in sight — and with the unprecedented unemployment rate, economic recession, and other major societal events happening right now — many American adults are now struggling with anxiety.

The urgent need to address student athletes’ mental health issues

Research has shown that exercise and other physical activities can boost moods and improve overall mental health. However, playing sports does not mean student athletes are immune to mental health disorders. In fact, multiple studies and surveys through the years have revealed that anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are prevalent among student athletes:

6.3% of collegiate athletes were found to be clinically depressed, while 24% had clinically significant low moods (Wolanin A, Hong E, Marks D, et al.