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From Panic to Peace

By Lauren Steffes (originally published on our affiliate site, The Mental Well) These past few months have been some of the most difficult many of us have ever experienced. From escalating racial tensions, a divisive presidential elections, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, modern-day living seemed to morph into a crisis of apocalyptic proportions from …

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You Matter, Too!

By Susan Kurlander, M. Ed., Health Educator  We all know the importance of self-esteem. Without it, we fear children will make unhealthy decisions, shy away from learning and trying new things, and never reach their maximum potential.  Now more than ever, with children spending much of their day on their own, it’s essential that they learn …

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The Importance of Setting Boundaries in our Lives

By Deborah Schwartz, LCSW-C   We might walk down the street and see a sign that reads, “Don’t Step on Grass” or go to a meeting where the presenter says, “Please turn off your cell phones.”  Most of us will abide. Others may challenge the situation. But we can all agree that limits are being set …

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Is Your Mask Hiding or Protecting?

By Susan Kurlander, M.Ed.   At first, I didn’t understand.  Going to the grocery store is considered an essential reason to be out in public.  I was keeping my distance and I was wearing a mask.  I was smiling (my normal expression wherever I am), but no one seemed to notice.  Or maybe they did and were …

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The Gift of Good Enough

By Naami Resnick, M.S., LGPC, NCC   From a very young age, we are bombarded with messages  about what we should be. Some of them are from our homes. Some come from teachers. Eventually, as we grow and develop a peer group, we absorb society’s expectations for ourselves. We are supposed to be striving to better …

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ADHD or Anxiety?

By Ezra Fromowitz, LMSW   Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a well-known, and widely diagnosed, mental health condition. In fact, close to 10% of U.S. children between the ages of 2 and 17 years old have been diagnosed with it. Symptoms of ADHD may include: impulsivity; difficulty with concentration, organization, and completing tasks; and …

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Recognizing Stress Reactions: Why is My Child Acting Differently?

By Beth Land Hecht, LCSW-C Senior Manager, Community Engagement  This unique and challenging time of COVID 19, that we are all living through, is clearly stressful. As parents, everything in our lives has been turned upside down. We worry about how this change in our lives impacts our children. The good news is that our …

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