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The most wonderful time of the year?

The holiday season is in full force. Menus are being planned for Christmas meals and parties. Our homes and shopping centers are decorated. Many folks are preparing for gatherings of friends and family in this special season. But for others, this is a season of stress and sadness.
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Text HELLO … The reply could be the best holiday gift

Finding resources for patients is an ongoing practice for licensed professional counselors. These resources may include listings of community based support groups (e.g., AA/NA/Celebrate Recovery, SMART Recovery meetings) or after-hours and national hotlines.
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Reach out: One-on-one connections help reduce risk of suicide

Taking one’s life is unfathomable. Yet suicide rates have risen dramatically in the US since 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week. In South Carolina, we don’t have to look far.
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Breaking the silence on pregnancy and infant loss

October is national Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and we want to take time to remember these families and their precious little ones. October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
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Understanding PTSD

In recent years, people have become somewhat understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I say somewhat because there are a lot of misconceptions and unfair portrayals of this illness.
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How are you, really?

“How are you?” This common greeting can be uncomfortable for people who are feeling down.
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Eating disorders don’t discriminate

I started working with eating disorders back in the mid-1990’s, in my role as a psychiatrist at a university. I saw many young women suffering from anorexia and/or bulimia. I quickly learned that a single, lone provider has very little ability to make changes in this illness. My university formed a team called ‘Solutions’ that included...
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Tis the season to be merry or not

The holidays are a time to look forward to happiness, peacefulness, fellowship and harmony. It is a time of celebrations and gatherings with family and friends. However, the season can also trigger anxiety, stress and depression or what is often called the “Holiday Blues.” So, how do you beat the holiday blues? Preparation can minimize...
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Surgeon General’s report addresses addiction epidemic in America

A new report, “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs,” and Health by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy draws attention to the current drug and alcohol addiction epidemic commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health issues. The report takes a comprehensive look at the human...
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The military’s changing approach to mental health

South Carolina is the birthplace of more than 30 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor and more than 140 recipients were born in the Southeast. The culture of military service has been a hallmark of the South with many people proud of their relatives’ service during the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War and...
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