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ADHD
Children and Mental Health
Dani Darbyshire, MSN, ARNP

Understanding ADHD and Helping Your Child Thrive

How do you know if your child might have ADHD or if their behavior is typical, albeit a bit overly energetic? The answer is you don’t have to know. Parents and caregivers are not expected to know everything about their children.

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suicide awareness
Suicide
Zara Teichrow, LMSW

Suicide is Not Painless

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, but preventing suicide is a topic that should never drop out of the conversation — no matter what time of year it is. Suicide can be preventable, and it is important to take seriously. We can all play an important role in preventing suicide.

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emotionally unavailable spouse
Relationships
Nicholas D'Amico, MA, LMFT

Are you Emotionally Available to Your Spouse?

We place our partners outside of an unbreakable wall of silence when we are not emotionally available. It’s hard to trust the fella on the other side of wall if he refuses to open the door. A lasting and durable trust can only built when both people are inside the walls.

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back to school bus
Children and Mental Health
Erin Hill, LMHC

Surviving Back to School Stress

Some stress is necessary to motivate us to act. Think about the stress you might feel while preparing for a test. It can motivate you to study hard do well on the exam. However, too much stress can interfere with our daily life and performance and can lead to long-term health issues.

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make lemonade out of lemons
Disaster Recovery
Christine Topping, MS, LMFT

Make Resilient Lemonade out of the Derecho

For all people, how we handle challenges has a lot to do with our ability to be resilient. Resiliency is like a rubber band, the more resilient you are, the springier your rubber band and the quicker you are able to rebound from a difficult event. As we continue to stretch our rubber band over and over as we go from pandemic to home schooling to natural disaster, the harder it has become for the rubber band to regain its original shape.

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Derecho
Disaster Recovery
Covenant Family Solutions

Free Mental Health Coaching to Iowans Impacted by Derecho

It is known that survivors of natural disasters have a 30 to 40 percent chance of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One thing that can be done to counteract the long-term mental health effects of a disaster is to seek help early and to talk about the experience with professionals that are trained to help.

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Identity
Identity
Jane Markowitz, MA, LMSW

What is Identity?

It’s easy to feel lost or disconnected if you don’t understand your identities. As people, we have a strong need to belong, and identities can lead to a higher sense of belonging. Exploring your identities can be hard. Having a safe and comfortable space to do that hard work is so important.

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breastfeeding
Women's Mental Health
Guest Author: Johanna Tomlinson, PhD, MCPCD, M​​BE, MCE, ISE

Supporting Your Breastfeeding Journey

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month, we invited local doula and breastfeeding educator Johanna Tomlinson
PhD, MCPCD, M​​BE, MCE, ISE of Nested Mama to share some words of advice to mothers and expectant mothers about the breastfeeding journey.

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mother and daughter trying to take the perfect selfie
Mindfulness
Rachel Van Wickle, LMFT

Overcoming Toxic Perfectionism

We cannot overcome the challenge of perfectionism while suffering silently from the debilitating symptoms of mental illness. Take care of your mental health!

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back to school during covid
Parenting
Amber Bennett, LMHC, RPT

Back to School…or Virtual School

You may be in the process of deciding whether or not to send your kids to school in person or mentally preparing yourself for another round of virtual education. Trust that you will make the best decision you can for your children and your family.

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Warm Up to Cool Down while making a schedule for your kids
Parenting
Jessica Pladsen, MA, LMFT, RPT

Warm Up to Keep Cool

Many times, parents get worn down when trying to implement something new or stay with something that isn’t a good fit simply because it is “easier.” Everyone and every situation is unique, to say the least. Don’t despair.

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play therapy
Children and Mental Health
Katie Amos, MA, LMFT, RPT

Debunking the Myths of Play Therapy

I often have parents say, “Therapy shouldn’t be fun. They should be coming in to work, not to play.” But that’s the beauty of play therapy — it can be fun, rewarding AND work.

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Human Trafficking
Abuse
Leona Childs, MA, LMHC

Put an End to Human Trafficking

What happened to you was not your fault and it does not define who you are. You are a person who is deserving and capable of love and friendship. There are people who care and want to support you on your journey as you recover from what happened to you.

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Borderline Personality Disorder
Mental Health Awareness
Kelsey Lamb, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

There are many people with intense emotions who struggle with feeling lonely, misunderstood, and believe there is something wrong with them. If you feel this way, please consider reaching out for additional support and guidance. You deserve to enjoy life no matter your diagnosis.

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Minority Mental Health
Mental Health Awareness
Covenant Family Solutions

The Minority Fight for Mental Healthcare

When people who have experienced racism seek mental healthcare, they are not only struggling with the fear of being unable to find a provider who can understand their experience, they are also coping with the very real fear of discrimination.

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exploring nature on hike
Mindfulness
McKenzie Grimm, LMSW

Get Outside and Explore Nature, Your Mind Will Thank You

Calming nature sounds and views or even the silence of being outdoors creates a more peaceful environment. With less things calling our attention like school or work, your mind has a chance to relax. Being outdoors give us the opportunity to slow down and take a mental break from daily life.

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family connecting with loved ones during COVID-19
Mindfulness
Rachel Van Wickle, LMFT

5 Steps to Care for Your Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19

Whatever you’re experiencing be sure to take a moment to name and recognize the emotion, with curiosity, not judgement. The bottom line is that we are all going to have different emotional responses to the current crisis in front of us. As written by author Nicki Peverett, “we are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

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