A Guide to Loving Someone with OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ODC) affects about 2% of the entire adult and child population, making it one of the more common mental illnesses. Being in a relationship with someone who suffers from a mental health issue isn’t easy. Whether it’s your partner, parent, child or close friend, loving someone with OCD requires patience, understanding and…

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Getting Healthy: Simple Steps Anyone Can Take

Starting Point’s February Community Conversation To Focus on Using Simple Wellness Practices To Improve Your Health Each year, millions of Americans make resolutions to lose weight, stop smoking, or make other lifestyle changes to improve their health. Yet, many people give up before January is even over because it is too difficult, time-consuming, or too…

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Beating the Post-Holiday Blues: Tips for getting back on track

You’ve opened all the presents, recovered from food comas, and uploaded your holiday photos to social media. But now that the decorations are gone and parties are over, are you feeling a little depressed or anxious? You might be suffering from post-holiday blues.  The days and weeks of socializing, cooking, gift shopping, traveling, and tying…

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Facing your phobias – those wild things in your mind

Maybe you are afraid of spiders, or break out in a sweat thinking about going to a dental checkup. But for some people, fears become so severe they cause anxiety and interfere with normal life.  When a fear affects your life, it is called a phobia, an overwhelming, unreasonable and ongoing fear that leads to…

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Are vitamins and supplements OK with my anxiety & depression meds?

We all want to be healthier. And if you are experiencing anxiety or depression, you might think supplements or vitamins can help. But If you’re taking prescription medications for anxiety or depression, some natural options may not play nicely with your prescribed medications.  If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or depression your…

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Opioid Use & Treatment is Topic of October 22 Community Conversations

Every day, there are 170 deaths due to opioid overdose, according to a study by the National Academy of Medicine. Since 1999, the number of opioid-related deaths — from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil — has quadrupled. In 2016, there were more than 4,600 deaths due to opioid overdose in…

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Mood Disorders – More than Just a Feeling

There’s a lot to know about mood disorders. It’s important to understand that you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Health about 20.9 million American adults have experienced some type of mood disorder such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.  Everyone feels down from time to time. You’re struggling to balance work,…

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8 Steps To Help You Quit Smoking (For Good!)

Tips To Become A Non-Smoker For Good If you’re like thousands of other smokers, you may have made a New Year’s resolution to quit your harmful habit in order to help your body and your wallet at the same time. Alternatively, perhaps you just woke up one day and decided it was time to live…

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An Important Message About Suicide Prevention

An Important Message About Suicide Prevention From The National Council For Behavioral Health Preventing Suicide is Everyone’s Business: Statement by Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO The high-profile deaths by suicide last week of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade shed light on a growing national problem. While other causes of death are declining,…

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Mental Health & Your Gut – What’s The Connection?

Starting Point’s July 30 Community Conversation To Focus on Digestive Health And Its Influence On Mental Health You have probably had a “gut feeling” or some stomach upset when you were stressed. Now, scientists are learning that there is actually a “second brain” in your gut that influences how you think and feel. In fact,…

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