Awareness & Prevention

Alcohol Awareness Month: Focusing on Today’s Youth

by Megan Wilson, CADC, Addictions Program Coordinator

The opiate crisis in America has been front page news for a very long time due to its widespread nature and staggering casualties. However, we must never lose sight of the fact that alcohol abuse remains a huge problem throughout our country, which is why April was declared Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987. Each year, […]

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

by TK Staff

The acronym LGBTQ is fairly well understood today. Most people know that it refers to an individual’s sexual orientation. But, it is important to remember that this is only one component of any human being. At the end of the day, those who identify as gay and bisexual are everyday people from all walks of […]

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The Devastating Consequences of Secret-Keeping

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

An article appeared in the New York Times this month titled, “Alone with My Husband’s Secret.” The secret was his depression. In a first-hand account, the writer shared the negative impact this confidence had on him, and ultimately, her. There are few absolutes in this world, but one of them is that secrets are simply […]

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Pediatricians: The New Anti-bullies in the War On Weight

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

It’s not uncommon for teasing to be an aspect of a young person’s life, whether within the confines of the family, or on the playground of the schoolyard. Teasing can be connected to minor things such as possessing a multitude of freckles, or being the shortest kid in the family. But sometimes, making fun of […]

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Sexual Assault and the Power of Speaking the Truth

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

It seems as if every day another sexual abuse story explodes in the media. Although politics and entertainment often figure prominently in the headlines, as recently as this past week another scandal came to light directly linked to the US Olympics. Evidently, young female gymnasts were routinely experiencing sexual assault from the team doctor. The […]

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Anxiety: A Growing Problem in Today’s Youth

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

A recent article in the New York Times addressed the dramatic rise of anxiety in today’s youth.  In the past ten years, anxiety has replaced depression and is now the number one reason why college students seek counseling. But, the reality is, life-altering anxiety starts years before entrance into college. Across the country, high school […]

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

by Cindy Cole, LMFT, LPC, Director of Primary and Family Therapy

Eating disorders have long been a component of the female population. Although these disorders manifest through the denial of food, the over-consumption of food or in other myriad ways, at the heart of every food-related illness is the inability to cope with painful emotions. Often, this disorder-inducing emotion is simple shame. A girl is ashamed […]

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Professional Athletes Speak Out About Mental Illness

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Mental illness is extremely prevalent throughout our country. According to estimates by the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 44 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2015, which is the most recent year for available numbers. That’s nearly one in five people aged 18 or over. And yet, by and large, disorders […]

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Suicide, Perfectionism and the New School Year

by Iyad Alkhouri, MD, Assistant Medical Director

In this blog we often write about the escalating suicide rate among young people across America, and for good reason. According to new government data, the suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 reached an all-time high in 2015 for the 40-year period beginning in 1975. This is “back-to-school” season throughout […]

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International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle. Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our […]

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