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I heard this piece of a conversation between two friends as I jogged by them in the park the other day, “I was trying to act normal…” Then I passed them but not without being prompted to consider what that really means. So many of us appear “normal” or even beautiful, talented and rich such as the late Kate Spade. Yet many of us struggle with fitting in, appearing normal or masking our struggles.

Glovan Pollak and Associates, dba: The Behavioral Wellness Group is very pleased to share with you that our programs are CARF Re-Accredited for the maximum allowable of Three years, until September 30, 2021! This is a testament to our commitment in meeting and exceeding the most stringent of professional standards!

The Surveyors had many positive things to say in their report, including:

Divorce can be one of the most stressful events that a person encounters in their life. During a time when emotions are heightened and transitions are occurring rapidly, it is important to have strong connections and stability in your daily life.

Below are a list of helpful strategies to keep in mind throughout the divorce process which can assist you with not only surviving day to day but taking back control of your life to thrive:

This article is a follow up to one posted about six months ago acknowledging the anger that seems to be emanating from so many people based on political points of view. In some cases, it validates the rage that they may be feeling, but upon further reflection and inspection, it has been found that some of the emotional reactions are inflated by external sources (TV, social media, etc.). This has led to unnecessary stress.

The Grieving Process

I am often asked the question about what is “normal” from clients who have experienced a loss. It is a natural question to wonder how your grief might compare to others’ grief, what constitutes “normal” grief, and what might indicate the need for help in the process.

First, what is the difference between vaping and juuls? Both are an alternative to cigarettes as nicotine can be added but also flavorful juices can be used instead of nicotine. Both also seem to be considered an e-cigarette or a form of an e-cigarette.

A juul is considered an e-cigarette. It is rather small and often looks like a USB flash drive. Because of this design, it makes it difficult for teachers and school administrators to catch kids with them. It also makes it harder for parents to find them as well. When nicotine is added into the juul, it is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes or 200 puffs (www.truthinitiative.org). A recent report

Anxiety can be divided into two basic areas, as first discussed by Sigmund Freud “Appropriate and Inappropriate Stress”. Anxiety can occur over situations or threats that occur and cause our brain to go into “Fight or Flight” syndrome. This is when the sympathetic or limbic system becomes aroused and creates many symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, nervous feelings, panic feeling, sweating, shortness of breath, and many other well-known symptoms. This can also occur when a situation is a real threat or we just imagine or think about something that is negative or stressful. Some stress or anxiety becomes chronic, such as having too much to do or not knowing how to do what we need to do. This can lead to chronic illness, burnout, and relationship and family problems to name a few.

Alternative Treatments

Conventional medicine is not always the answer to treating chronic pain, especially in this age of concern about the effects of narcotic and even nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Certain conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis do not respond well to conventional medicine.

Because of this, Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) as well as Mental and Emotional treatments have become more popular. CAM includes treatments such as yoga, massage therapy, minerals and natural supplements, acupuncture. Not all CAM techniques will be helpful for everyone and several may need to be attempted. Most chronic pain patients will find that a combination of conventional medicine and various CAM techniques are needed.

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The Behavioral Wellness Group is a counseling center providing therapy and behavioral health services and assessment including chemical dependency/drug addiction treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and other therapies. We also provide mental health or psychological assessments, and psychological,educational and bariatric testing. Providing services to the following communities in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake County: Cleveland, Ashtabula, Beachwood, Chardon, Concord, Eastlake, Euclid, Fairport, Geneva, Grand River, Highland Heights, Kirtland, Leroy, Lyndhurst, Madison, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, Painesville, Pepper Pike, Perry, Russell, Solon, South Euclid, Thompson, Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, and Willowick, from our offices in Mentor, Ohio.