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How to Help Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Help Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic Since the novel coronavirus COVID-19 came to the United States, life has changed significantly for everyone. Parents everywhere are worried about the logistics of child care, serious financial concerns, and the physical health of loved ones. On top of all of these worries, it is normal for parents to wonder how all of this…

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Managing Anxiety About Coronavirus

Managing Anxiety About Coronavirus Everywhere you turn today someone is talking about one thing and one thing only— COVID-19. This “novel” coronavirus is an especially hot topic in Massachusetts as numbers of cases continue to rise. All of this conversation around such an anxiety-inducing topic can really trigger feelings of anxiousness, confusion, or even alarm. If you have concerns about your health and coronavirus,…

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What is dementia? Is it different from Alzheimer’s disease?

A common source of concern for older adults presenting for an evaluation of memory loss is fear that they have Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, confusion often surrounds this diagnosis as many assume that AD and dementia are one and the same. While AD is a form of dementia, there are many other types of dementia, each of which have different ways of presenting, as…

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10 Tips for Shaking Off the Winter Blues

We all feel down in the dumps from time to time, particularly in winter. The lack of sunlight, the cold, the snow often leads us to want to hibernate inside until the Spring! There are some things you can do to make yourself feel better.  Here are some tips to help boost your mood: Make your environment brighter. Especially in winter the amount of…

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Strategies for Improving Body Image

Strategies for Improving Body Image What is meant by healthy and unhealthy body image? Body image is the way a person thinks and feel about their physical appearance. Body image is based in a person’s perception of their body. This perception can be influenced by many factors including a person’s age, family experiences, peer group, cultural beliefs, societal expectations, past individual experiences, and other…

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How to Calm Yourself During a Panic Attack

How to Calm Yourself During a Panic Attack When you have a panic attack, you may find that your heart races, your breathing gets shallow, and you believe that something awful is coming your way. In the middle of these spells, it’s difficult to feel like anything can help. However, if you practice a few strategies now, you can be ready to stop panic…

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Misconceptions About Stress & Mental Health

Misconceptions About Stress & Mental Health Life gets hectic and sometimes it’s hard to find the line between stress being “normal” and stress interfering with our functioning. Everyone gets angry and sad, but how intense are these emotions for you and how often do they happen? Do your emotions interfere with your ability to function in your day to day life? Your body’s reaction…

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How Do You Know When Your Level of Stress May Require Professional Intervention?

How Do You Know When Your Level of Stress May Require Professional Intervention? There is a ubiquitous quality to stress.  A 2017 Gallup Poll completed with American participants regarding stress, found that approximately eighty percent of people surveyed endorsed feeling daily stress either frequently (44%) or periodically (35%).  Another 17% of responders endorsed feeling stressed rarely, and 4% surveyed indicated not currently experiencing daily…

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