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Can Chronic Inflammation in the Body Cause Mental Illness?

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Researchers have begun exploring the link between chronic inflammation and psychiatric disorders.
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What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Shopping, gambling, social-media use, and sex are all behaviors that are potentially addictive. Learn how they happen and what defines this type of addiction.
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What Are Seniors’ Most Common Mental Health Issues?

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Depression and physical decline are just two issues many seniors face.
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What Is Social Anxiety Disorder?

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Mingling with unfamiliar people and eating in front of others are just two things that can cause debilitating symptoms for people with social anxiety disorder.
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Support After a Suicide

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
A grief specialist offers thoughts on how to support yourself or a loved one after a suicide.
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How to Talk About Mental Health — and Ask for Help

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
The key? Understanding and overcoming the stigma surrounding mental health.
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Coping With Ambiguous Loss

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
How do we find closure when we're not even sure the door has closed?
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Adolescents’ Most Common Mental-Health Issues

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
When is it depression, social anxiety, or substance abuse — and when is it normal "teen angst"?
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The Promise of Psychedelics in Mental-Health Care

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Psychedelics such as psilocybin and MDMA have been used to treat everything from depression to PTSD to substance use.
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The Benefits of Group Therapy

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Individual therapy sessions are great for mental-health support, but group therapy also offers a variety of unique advantages.
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Understanding OCD

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
What is OCD, and what are some treatment options?
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The Emotional Impact of Miscarriage

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Coping with the loss of a pregnancy can take a toll on both a person and a relationship. Here's why — and what to do about it.
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Understanding ADHD

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Treating ADHD starts by understanding what it is — and what it isn't.
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How to Find the Right Therapist

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Credentials, cost, and length of treatment are just a few factors to consider when finding a therapist.
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