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with Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT

Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

Holding A Grudge: 5 Tips For Letting Go


Sometimes, the reasons we hold a grudge are not always clear; to the person we hold the grudge against or even ourselves. Often we hold onto our grudges unwillingly, while wishing we could drop them and live freshly and happily in the present.

Many of us want to release and let go of the heavy, negative baggage we call grudges, however, this is not easy to do. Holding a grudge can consume a lot of our physical, emotional, and...
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Ending A Friendship: 10 Signs You May Need to End the Friendship

Making a new friend can be one of the most rewarding things we can do in our lifetime. Friendships both enhance and enrich our lives.

Early friendships play a vital role because they occur while key developmental changes are taking place. Developing friendships not only teach us some important life skills but also shape our life “narrative.”

Some friendships can be long and enduring; adjusting to personal, environmental, emotional, and physical changes, while some friendships can be short...
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Recognizing a Psychotic Break: 16 Warning Signs


Psychosis is a clinical term often used to describe a family of serious mental health disorders. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from serious mental health concerns may also struggle with psychotic issues as well. Discussing the topic of mental illness and psychosis can be challenging for persons both with and without the disorder. The term psychosis for many people carries many negative connotations, such...
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Should You Tell a Loved One You Suspect They May Have a Mental Illness?


Too often, when someone appears to be struggling with mental health related issues it can be very difficult for them to acknowledge symptoms and accept a diagnosis. Unfortunately, unlike illnesses and impairments that are visible mental illness can be difficult to recognize. We all experience periods of depressed mood, anxiety, anger, euphoria, etc., however, what sets mental illness a part from natural responses to challenges/issues consist of the impact it has on normal functioning, such as, interruptions...
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Coping and Managing Stress in Your Life: 9 Tips


Stress is the combination of psychological, physiological, and behavioral reactions that people have in response to events that threaten or challenge them. Stress can be good or bad depending on the situation which someone is facing. Having stress doesn’t have to be all bad, sometimes; stress can be helpful, providing people with an extra boost of energy or alertness. Stress can be triggered by large events such as the death of a loved one, a serious...
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Overcoming Betrayal: 7 Tips


Betrayal is one of the most devastating and distressing things that can occur in a relationship. Deception by those we love and trust the most is often one of the most painful human experiences one can endure. Discovering that someone we trusted, believed in, has deeply hurt or deceived us pulls the rug right from underneath us, forcing us to see the betrayer and our world differently. Unfortunately, Betrayals are an unavoidable aspect of almost every...
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Hoarding Disorder: 5 Associated Risks


Hoarding Disorder is characterized as persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions or items because of an intense need to save them. Often, the items hoarded possess little to no monetary value, remaining in the possession of the hoarder without being used, create a cramped living environment, and lead to unsanitary living conditions. Persons struggling with a hoarding disorder typically experience feelings of loss,...
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Comorbid Anxiety Disorders and Persons with Schizophrenia


It might not come as a surprise to most that anxiety is often observed among patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. Frequently, anxiety may present as a component of schizophrenia (particularly during an acute psychotic episode), a result of an underlying organic condition, a medicinal side effect, or a symptom of a co-occurring anxiety disorder. Proper evaluation as well as accurate diagnosis can help with identifying...
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10 Signs You Are Socially Awkward


Most of us have experienced feelings of social awkwardness at least once in our life, making it difficult to relax and engage with others. Needless to say, we all have moments of awkwardness, but many people deal with it on a daily basis However, those of us that experience ongoing challenges related to socializing with others often struggle with anxiety, self-esteem issues, feelings of...
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Valentine’s Day: 9 Tips for People Struggling with Loneliness


For many people, St. Valentine’s day can bring a lot of mixed emotions ranging from excitement and happiness, to loneliness and depression. Relationships are like food, they can provide us with essential benefits to our health or cause discomfort and harm. Like food and water, we need nurturing and supportive relationships to not only survive but flourish. Previous research conducted on human development confirm...
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