Children and School-Related Stress
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 13:16

School. As a parent, what feelings were elicited for you as you read that word? Was it excitement? Worry? Dread? Stress? Pressure? For some, school is all about fun, friends, and an ease of fitting in with peers. While there can surely be excitement surrounding the social atmosphere, a genuine…

How to Help a Friend Who is Suicidal
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 13:06

This is the final story in a 3-part series about depression and finding support. This installment is directed primarly at those who have an affected person in their life, whether family or friend. Every day, 123 Americans take their own lives, making suicide a leading cause of death in the…
This is the second in a 3-part series for those facing depression and hoping for help. It may also be a beneficial read for those who have a loved one showing signs of depression. Previously, we discussed how to recognize the hallmark signs of depression and how to respond. Progress…
This is the first in a 3-part series for those facing depression and hoping for help. It may also be a beneficial read for those who have loved ones showing signs of depression. Previously, we discussed how to respond to episodes of sadness, but depression is different, as it is…

8 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:44

A friend recently shared something new with me. A happy-go-lucky person, he said he falls into a funk—a brief period of feeling gloomy without knowing why—once or twice a year. Each episode lasts no longer than a few days, and he asked why this occurs seemingly out of the blue.…
Matt Hiller, LCSW, is a therapist formerly with Wellington Counseling Group. His work has included therapy with adults, adolescents, children, and families. Why has it become hard to develop friendships? Matt Hiller: Working as a therapist with young adults, I often meet with people who have moved to Chicago and…
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