COVID-19 & MENTAL HEALTH

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, infamously known as COVID-19, has been for the past year the world’s largest enemy. Taking into consideration everything that has happened since December 2019, COVID-19 had monumental impact on the health of everyone in the world. The Association for Psychological Science (APS) states that increased emotional and mental stress on an individual’s... Continue Reading →

At Home Treatment for PMDD (and even PMS)

Recently we made a post about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which is an extreme form of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) that many women experience. To recap, PMDD is a disorder that affects around 5% of the female population in America. Many women experience extreme mood swings, including bouts of depression, anxiety, panic, and irritability. They often... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 & Children

It is safe to say that this past year has had a detrimental toll on everyone in the world. From international lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and e-learning, this pandemic has affected everyone in monumental ways. The Association for Psychological Science (APS) talks of human interaction and behavior and how it is one of the... Continue Reading →

Fight the Stigma: A Series

Welcome to Counseling Live presented by Olive Branch Counseling Associates in Tinley Park, Illinois! On this blog my colleagues and I write about current and ongoing mental health topics and techniques that can benefit the community towards better mental health. In an effort to continue educating the community I wanted to start this series where... Continue Reading →

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

According to Psychology Today, Anxiety is feelings of worry, nervousness, or dread. It is important to remember that feeling anxious is natural. Let's think about how we feel the first day at a new job, the first day of school, or any special occasion that causes us to feel excited, but anxious at the same... Continue Reading →

Treatment of Trauma

Trauma and the suffering it can cause does not have to last forever. As if going through the traumatic event(s) was not enough already, some individuals experience residual effects that maintain the pain and suffering of what was already experienced. Just as trauma is not a one-size-fits-all concept, neither is the treatment of it. There... Continue Reading →

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