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How to Stop Procrastinating – Proven Life Hacks to Boost Productivity

How to Stop Procrastinating – Proven Life Hacks to Boost Productivity

Do you feel like you struggle to complete tasks or stay on top of projects? This may be a byproduct of feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or in a place of executive …
What Does Emotional Intelligence Mean?

What Does Emotional Intelligence Mean?

You’ve probably heard of “book smarts” and “street smarts,” but what about emotional smarts? The technical term for this is emotional intelligence. It relates to your ability to understand your …
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5 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change

You’re here for a reason. You landed on this page because you’re debating whether or not to change careers. Maybe you feel like you’re “too old” to change jobs or …
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Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children

Do your adult children still live with you or rely on your financial support? Do you think they’re at an age where they should be able to navigate life on …
Pros and Cons of Taking a Semester Off

Pros and Cons of Taking a Semester Off

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in college, you may be tempted to take a semester off. This gives you time to refocus, regroup, reorganize, and plan for the future. There are …
Signs of Executive Dysfunction

Signs of Executive Dysfunction

Executive dysfunction is a common struggle for people with ADHD, autism, and depression. It can affect a person’s ability to plan and think through their decisions. Executive function disorders affect …
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Help Your Child Overcome Social Media Addiction

Are you worried about your child’s social media use? Have you noticed a decline in mental health with an increase in social media use? Research shows that 1 in 4 …
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Intervention Planning for the Spring Semester – How to Address Learning Challenges

Did your child struggle more this semester than they have in previous years? Have you noticed a steady decline in grades, mood, or behavior? The winter break may be the …
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Quick Relief When You Feel Overstimulated

A staggering 82% of Americans say they have felt overstimulated at some point in their lives, and many experience this on a daily basis. The overwhelm of work life, family …
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Defeating the Need to Be Needed

Do you feel intense fulfillment from being needed? Do you think your purpose in life is to help others? There is nothing wrong with contributing to other people’s happiness, but …
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The Importance of Having After-School Conversations with Your Kids

Do you talk to your kids after they get home from school? This may happen during the car ride home, when you get home from work, or at any time …
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Train Your Brain to Learn Like a Pro

School is back in session, but your brain may still need time to catch up. The transition back to school is tricky after summer break. Thankfully, we know some professional …
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Decision Paralysis – How to Make Decisions When You Feel Like You Can’t

When basic decisions feel overwhelming, you may fall into decision paralysis. Every task becomes a life-altering event, and you freeze under pressure. We’re here to help you push through the …
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How to Manage Depression during a Marital Separation

Marital separation is a common precursor to divorce. This is one of the most painful experiences many adults face in their relationships, and there is a strong correlation between marital …
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Brain Hacks to Boost Productivity Working from Home

Working from home puts your “mind over matter” skills to the test. It’s much harder to feel motivated about work when you have a comfy bed waiting for you in …
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Understanding Sleep Anxiety and How to Overcome It

Do you feel anxious every night before you go to bed? Do you struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep because of the battle inside your mind? Sleep anxiety can …
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Grade Retention – How to Help Your Child Cope with Getting Held Back

The end of the school year is a celebration for many students, but it can be challenging for children who are getting held back a grade. Many students need grade …
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What Is the Success Rate of Marriage Counseling?

Does marriage counseling actually work? This is one of the most common questions couples ask before seeking professional support. There are many advantages to couples therapy, whether you’re newly dating …
Woman Dealing with Post-COVID Social Anxiety

Dealing with Post-COVID Social Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic came with many mental health side effects, including a huge spike in social anxiety. There are approximately 76.2 million more people with anxiety now compared to pre-pandemic …
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What to Do When Your Child Feels Like a Failure

Growing up involves a constant series of trial and error. Children test boundaries, learn new skills, meet new people, and go through a never-ending supply of firsts. This time of …
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How to Deal with Masking Exhaustion and Autism Burnout

Most people with autism use some form of masking to get through the day. This process helps them interact with other people, but it can be incredibly exhausting at times. …
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What Does Neurodivergent Mean?

The term “neurodivergent” was coined back in 1998, but it didn’t become colloquialized until recent years. You may have heard people online refer to themselves as “neuro-spicy,” which means that …
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Schedule Your Stress Early in the Day (You Read That Right!)

Stress is inevitable. We all feel it. We all try to ignore it. We all succumb to it eventually. Instead of letting your stress control your life, you can take …
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Sleep Routine Tips for Hybrid Workers

More than half (58%) of working adults in America have hybrid work options available to them. The widespread stay-at-home orders during the early days of the pandemic catapulted the need …
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Actionable Resolutions for Your Mental Health

Did you know that 80% of New Year’s resolutions don’t come to fruition? We all start the year with lofty goals, only to fall right back into old routines before …
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Plan ahead for Your 2023 Mental Health Days

Does your employer offer mental health days? If so, now is the perfect time to plan for them! Most people think of mental health days as time off to take …
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How to Improve Your Child’s Critical Thinking Skills

Oxford Languages defines critical thinking as “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.” It is the ability to interpret a question or situation …
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Mental Health Support for Foster Parents

Being a foster parent is incredibly rewarding, but it can take a toll on your mental health. You must provide a positive environment for trauma-informed recovery while facing the general …
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Is Delayed Speech a Sign of Autism?

Are you worried about your child’s speech development? Not sure if you should pursue an autism screening? Early diagnosis is always ideal because it allows for early intervention. Children who …
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Why Do I Get Sad in the Fall?

Some people love the shift from summer to fall. The crisp breeze in the air ignites their fondest memories. For others, the fall is a dreaded time of year. This …
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Work/Life Balance Tips for Workaholics

Are you struggling to balance your work and personal life? Nearly half of working Americans (48%) consider themselves workaholics. Working from home further blurs the line between work and family, …
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Executive Function Coaching for Brain Fog

Do you experience mental delays throughout the day? This could be anything from forgetting essential tasks to not remembering what you’re doing at the moment. Brain fog is prevalent in …
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Dyslexia FAQs: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Dyslexia is the most prevalent learning disability among children and adults. It impacts school and daily life, often in unexpected ways. This comprehensive guide explains what dyslexia is, how its …
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Stress Management Tips for Parents

Parenting is a stressful job. You’re on call 24 hours a day, and you still have to manage the rest of your life around your kids’ needs. Approximately 7.5 million …
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Helping Your Child Handle School Anxiety

School is back in session and so is school anxiety. Many students are transitioning to in-person schooling still with a mix of virtual learning. They have limited social skills, and …
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How to Prepare for Seasonal Depression 

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common experience in fall and winter. The cold weather, limited sunlight and holiday stress create the perfect recipe for mental health trouble. If you’re …
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How to Fix Brain Fog

Do you feel like your brain isn’t firing on all cylinders right now? Are you easily confused or frustrated because you’re having a hard time processing information? These are common …
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How Autism Is Diagnosed

Not sure if your child has autism spectrum disorder? Think you may have autism as an adult, but you’ve never officially been diagnosed? A professional evaluation will answer all of …
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Plan the Perfect Mental Wellness Staycation

Take a vacation? In this economy? Psssssssssh, please. A weekend beach getaway might not be in the cards right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time off. …
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25 Weeks to Better Mental Health – Mental Health Awareness Calendar

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we want to celebrate it by jumpstarting your mental health journey. There are tons of 30-day mental health calendars online, but the reality …
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How to Get out of a Depression Rut

Do you feel stuck in a rut? Not sure when it’s going to end or how you’ll get out of it? Every depressive episode is different, but there are some …
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How Long Should a Child’s Attention Span Be?

Children are known for having short attention spans, but how short is too short? Is your child just an excited kid with a lot on his mind, or is there …
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Does My Child Have ADHD or Just High Energy?

Children are hyper by nature. Their minds are running a million miles an hour, and their bodies want to move just as fast. This is why some children with ADHD …
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Can a Student Get an IEP for Test Anxiety?

Test anxiety has become increasingly common in America, especially with the increase in standardized testing requirements. As much as 20% of students experience high levels of test anxiety, and another …
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What to Expect during Your ADHD Screening

Think your child has ADHD? Need an official diagnosis to pursue treatment and academic support? The ADHD screening process is a little different for everyone, depending on symptoms, age and …
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Stress Management Tips That Focus on Solutions

You thought life would be easy peasy, but it turned out to be stressy depressy. What can you do to manage your stress and make a positive impact on your …
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What Is Dyslexia and What are Some Symptoms?

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the United States. In fact, you probably know at least one person who has dyslexia. What are the symptoms for dyslexia, and …
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Will ADHD Go away with Time?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects people from every age group and every walk of life. ADHD is often associated with younger age groups, but there are plenty of adults …
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Winter Mental Health Tips for Holiday Gatherings

Family gatherings and holiday events aren’t exciting for everyone. In many cases, the mere thought of seeing family for the holidays is enough to induce a panic attack. If you’re …
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Are Therapy Sessions Confidential?

In order for therapy to truly be effective, you need to be vulnerable during your therapy sessions. This may mean sharing secrets or talking about past experience that you’ve never …
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How to Overcome Test Anxiety

If you or your child suffers from test anxiety, getting through school may feel impossible. Anywhere from 10% to 40% of students experience some form of test anxiety, according to …
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What Causes Test Anxiety?

Most students face some nervousness before a test, but for many, those nerves become debilitating. This is when general nervousness crosses the line into test anxiety. If you or your …
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What Does an Educational Advocate Do?

Educational advocates play a vital role in helping parents and students access academic accommodations. There are many resources that students with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual delays, and …
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How Do I Know If My Child Is Dyslexic?

Worried about your child’s reading and writing skills? Feel like your child isn’t developing at the same pace as their peers? These are common reasons parents seek dyslexia testing. In …
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Why It’s OK to Go to Bed Angry

Long ago, someone made a rule that couples should “never go to bed angry.” While that may work for some situations, most deep discussions cannot be neatly packaged into an …
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Couples Conflict Resolution: How to Stop Circular Arguments

“We have the same argument over and over.” This is one of the most common statements we hear in couples therapy sessions. If it feels like your fights never go …
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Does Anxiety Treatment Work without Medication?

Over 40 million adults in America have anxiety, but only 36.9% of them receive treatment. Most forms of anxiety are highly treatable, either with counseling, with medication, or with a …
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Does Mental Health Affect Physical Health?

Let’s face it. You’ve been ignoring your mental health needs. “I don’t want to work on my anxiety, so I’ll just deal with it for now.” But what happens when …
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How to Get Better Sleep for Better Mental Health

Did you know that a good night of sleep could actually improve your mental health? Approximately 35% of American adults get less than seven hours of sleep per night, and …
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What Atypical Got Wrong about Autism – Part 2

In the first part of our Atypical review, we discussed the accurate ways Netflix portrayed autism spectrum disorder in their hit show. There were some notable missteps though that are …
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Is Atypical an Accurate Representation of Autism?

Netflix recently released the fourth and final season of Atypical. The show highlights one character’s transition into adulthood and how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts that journey. The question is: …
Boy Wondering if ADHD and ADD are the Same Thing?

Are ADHD and ADD the Same Thing?

ADHD and ADD have become part of our everyday language, but there was a time when people with attention disorders went undiagnosed and underserved. Once known as hyperkinetic impulse disorder, …
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Autism FAQs: Diagnosis and Autism Treatment

In our autism FAQs series, we’ve already discussed Autism Causes and Symptoms. Now we’re going to look at how autism is diagnosed, how to treat autism, and how to cure …
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Autism FAQs: Autism Symptoms and Causes

Autism didn’t become an official diagnosis until the 1980’s, and researchers are still trying to demystify the condition 30 years later. There have been many advancements in the way autism …
How to Reduce Screen Time and Boost Your Mental Health

How to Reduce Screen Time and Boost Your Mental Health

In the first part of this discussion, we explored the mental health effects of screen time on children and adults. Some screen exposure is unavoidable, such as work obligations or …
How Does Screen Exposure Affect Mental Health?

How Does Screen Exposure Affect Mental Health?

Screen time is inherently bad for your mental health, but in the post-pandemic world, it’s mostly unavoidable. Many adults, teens and children have shifted to working from home or taking …
Psychological Testing vs. Neuropsychological Testing – What's the Difference?

Psychological Testing vs. Neuropsychological Testing – What’s the Difference?

The terms psychological testing and neuropsychological testing are often used interchangeably, but they involve different evaluation approaches. Both types of assessments are designed to help a person understand the underlying …
What to Expect at Your First Therapy Session

What to Expect at Your First Therapy Session

If you’re seeing a therapist for the first time, you may be apprehensive about the process. How does therapy work? What should you expect at your first therapy session? Is …
Special Education Plans: IEP vs. IEE vs. 504 Plans

Special Education Plans: IEP vs. IEE vs. 504 Plans

Do you think your child needs special education services? Do you feel like your child’s school is not sufficiently accommodating his or her environmental and academic needs? Your child may …
Is Teletherapy as Effective as In-Person Therapy?

Is Teletherapy as Effective as In-Person Therapy?

Teletherapy has become increasingly popular over the last few years. What started as a convenient alternative to in-person therapy has become a mental health staple in the COVID-19 pandemic. CNLD …
How to Cope with Mental Health Struggles during COVID-19

How to Cope with Mental Health Struggles during COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak marks an unprecedented time in world history. You are living through a global pandemic, all while trying to maintain a sense of normality. It’s no wonder your …
Can Learning Disabilities Be Cured?

Can Learning Disabilities Be Cured?

Learning disabilities affect all areas of life, not just education. Difficulty reading, writing and processing information can result in mental health challenges, social dilemmas, and daily frustrations. If you’ve gone …