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Although not yet formally recognized as a clinical diagnosis, orthorexia has gained atten-tion in recent years with the rise in organic and natural foods and the “clean eating” movement. While we can all agree that healthy eating has wonderful physical, mental, and emotional benefits; it is possible to have an unhealthy obsession with healthy food (Bratman, 2014).

I can't tell you how often I hear questions about managing stress & anxiety. In this fast paced world it appears to be an inevitable part of life.

But how much of our stress is based upon what is going on right now, in this moment and how much is based upon regrets or anger from the past or worries about the future?

If you are considering entering therapy or adding to your therapeutic knowledge, you should consider Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT. This therapeutic modality was developed in the 1980’s by Marsha Linehan Ph.D. It is a highly researched therapy that can help people with many issues from low self-esteem, worries, anger, depression, anxiety, isolation, withdrawal and impulsive behaviors to name a few. There are many therapeutic skills that a client learns in DBT that many clients fondly call their “tool belt of tools” to make it through any situation and to improve their life and create, “a life worth living”.

Seven reasons to try DBT:

Out of all of the scary parenting issues we face, this is amongst the most scary because it can end a life very prematurely. Adolescents can feel immortal during their teen years. I certainly did. They don't really realize the consequences of putting these substances in their bodies. So, I asked myself “why” this is. I mean, they are told over and over again that drugs are bad, they can get addicted, and even that they can die. Yet, more kids are doing drugs nowadays than ever before. Why?

Everyone experiences stress in their lives, and many experience stress at work. Most are able to deal with pressures on the job without it seriously affecting the rest of their lives. At times, however, that pressure may trigger depression and anxiety and an inability to function adequately at work as well as in other areas of one’s life. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of debilitating stress and to be an advocate for your own health and wellness.

Be Aware of Signs and Symptoms of Job Related Stress and Depression

The answer is both “yes” and “no”. Family involvement is one of the most important pieces in helping a loved one stop with their addiction. However, there are traps that many genuinely caring family members fall into that make the recovery process very frustrating. Addicts are very skilled at manipulating the family, and it is a cycle that is hard to stop. So, this article is meant to give some “Do”s and “Don’t”s with someone who is trying to get sober.

As a therapist, I hear it frequently. “But I don’t want him to get mad at me.” This response is usually given when I am explaining the importance of boundaries and consequences and how children need to have both. And consistently have both.

Many times, I have had parents bring their children to me, who are displaying problem behaviors at home (eg. tantrums, throwing things, not obeying their par-ents, screaming, etc.) but at school, they are respectful, quiet, and getting good grades. The parents don’t seem to understand why.

When Is Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Needed
Everyone experiences times in their lives when it may be helpful to reach out for assistance from a mental health professional. Many are able to receive help and guidance on an outpatient basis by their primary care physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists and mental health therapists. When the symptoms become more debilitating, however, it will be important to consider a higher level of care.

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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.