After more than a year of pandemic stress; social isolation; and overlapping demands of work, home and school, many of us have been eagerly awaiting a return to normal. As the pace of vaccinations picked up in the early half of 2021 and states and municipalities relaxed restrictions, that return to a semblance of normality is upon us.
We asked Tamara Faulkner, LCSW, CADC, “What is the relationship between mental health and substance use disorders?”
We asked Tamara Faulkner, LCSW, CADC, “We often hear the term ‘pathologizing coping skills,‘ particularly when talking about substance use disorder. What does this term mean?”
This past year has provided us with a universal experience which, in turn, has produced vastly different outcomes, both socio-economic and emotional, for different people. Whatever your own experience has been — positive and/or traumatic — we all had to navigate a new set of behaviors and routine to accommodate both our own safety and the safety of those around us. We now need to consider how to protect our emotional and mental health as well as emotional and physical…
During this season of giving thanks, we asked several of our therapists to share some thoughts on expressing gratitude on Thanksgiving and every day. Happy Thanksgiving!
As we enter the holiday season amid rising public health concerns, family members and loved ones are attempting to hash out plans for being together, sometimes through differing lenses of what’s acceptable and safe. If we do sit down together at the dinner table with extended family, we face the familiar holiday stress of engaging in conversations with loved ones who may hold opinions or world-views which differ greatly from our own.
Your friend, Rachel, doesn’t let her wife fold her laundry because she is “so OCD about it.” Watching an HGTV show, one of the cast members says he is “so OCD” about having the two windows perfectly symmetrical to one another.
Suzy, the 25-year-old mom of 3-year-old Moira, suddenly finds herself living with her own parents after she lost her job due to a COVID-related closure. As the fall approaches, the family reckons with the decision of whether to send Moira to in-person preschool. For Suzy, the answer is clear — her daughter needs socialization, and Suzy imagines a terrible domino effect of negative consequences stemming from Moira missing out on this essential year of school. Moreover, Suzy…