What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to accept their thoughts and feelings rather than fight them. The basic idea behind this theory is that the first step to solving a problem is facing it, not running away. The ACT theory attempts to move away from defining emotional experiences as symptoms, but rather as a…

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Common Mental Health Struggles for Children and Adolescents

Mental wellness is an important topic for all age group. Too often, mental health struggles among children and adolescents are overlooked. Nearly 50% of those diagnosed with a lifetime mental health issue report that they first experienced symptoms before the age of 15—and 75% report experiencing symptoms before they turned 18. However, while studies show…

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How Unresolved Depression Is Impacting Your Workplace

Mood disorders cause the largest disease burden and loss of work productivity in the working population.1 Among those, depression looms large. According to Mental Health America, depression ranks among the top three work-related issues for employee assistance professionals. The annual average for major depressive episodes—a description classifying serious depressive symptoms that last over a period…

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The #1 Reason College Students Drop Out

Dropout rates among college students remains alarmingly high. As of 2021, over 40% of students in the U.S. fail to earn a bachelor’s degree within six years from the college where they began enrollment, according to the U.S. Department of Education.1 Not surprising given the pressures of higher education, the risk of dropout increases with…

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT): Everything You Need to Know

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a modified form of cognitive therapy that utilizes mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises. MBCT uses: Mindfulness techniques to enhance internal awareness and early recognition of maladaptive tendencies; and Principles of cognitive therapy to learn how to disengage from unhealthy patterns once they’ve been recognized. The evidence suggests…

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How Social Stigma Impacts Access to Mental Health Services

Currently, more than 50% of people who are struggling with mental illness in the United States do not receive the medical care they need.1 One of the biggest barriers to receiving mental health treatment is perceived stigma. Defined as the process of labeling, devaluating, and discriminating, stigma can present both as negative or discriminatory attitudes…

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of psychological treatment used to help patients find new and more constructive ways to behave through improving their thought patterns. CBT is based on the belief that psychological issues largely arise from unconstructive thought patterns and maladaptive behavior, both of which can be greatly improved through self-awareness…

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How the Growing Social Isolation in the U.S. Impacts Mental Health

The stats don’t lie: Social isolation is on the rise. More than 1 in 4 Americans live alone—the highest rate ever recorded.1 The percentage of adults who are married is also declining, as is community involvement (measured through things like volunteerism and religious affiliation).1 One of the most significant factors impacting social isolation has been…

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Mental Health and Workplace Productivity

The need for a targeted campaign against workplace mental illness is becoming increasingly apparent in today’s work climate. How Mental Health Is Affecting Your Workplace A recent survey of 34,622 employees looked at the relative cost of different health conditions as measured by the sum of medical costs and lost productivity. Researchers found that depression…

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What is Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)?

Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) is a form of short-term therapy used to improve relational attachment and bonding. In this post, we’ll discuss the basic tenets and theories of EFT and some example of cases where this therapy can be beneficial. History of EFT Developed by doctors Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in the 1980s, EFT is…

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