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Use These 10 Tips to Combat Anxiety

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Use These 10 Tips to Combat Anxiety
When anxiety leaves you reeling, try these 10 tips to help you combat overwhelming feelings.
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Do You Have Issues With Coping?

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Do You Have Issues With Coping?
Life is full of ups and downs. Things will happen that will make you feel down or even sad. These feelings are natural but sometimes it may be more than you can handle.
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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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3 More Apps

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I have three more apps you might be interested in. The first is called ReliefLink.  It has several relapse prevention planning features in one app. 1. Mood tracking plus suicidal thoughts. If the mood is low or suicidal thoughts are present, the app links to your previously made safety plan or other in app resources. 2.  Relaxation Exercises (relaxation and mindfulness)3. Relaxing Music--just hit play and you will hear calming music. Reallllly calm. It's soft so I th...
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Apps for ACT and Mindfulness

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In all IOP groups, we discuss the concept of mindfulness. We often practice this skill in group, but in order to be proficient in this skill, it is something to be practiced regularly. Both of these apps are available for apple and android.
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2 new apps

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There are two new apps from The National Center for Telehealth and Technology. Both are available from iTunes and Google play.  The first is Virtual Hope Box. From the website: "The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.Patients and providers can work together to...
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Meditation for beginners

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In groups, we ask people to practice meditating as a way to cope with depression, anxiety, and cravings. In most groups, you probably have had the opportunity to practice a little bit.  Once you leave IOP, you might want a little more help. Here is a site that offers a free 7 day course on developing meditation skills. Take note of their tips on how to make meditation part of your daily routine. 
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USA Today published an article yesterday titled The Cost of Not Caring. The article is divided into 4 sections. These are:   A separate and unequal system--people with mental illness face legal discrimination Lost in darkness--many wait nearly a decade for treatment Working for change--advocates chip away at discriminatory policies Overcoming the shame--speaking up heals old woundsThe article states: Although most people with mental illness are not violent, the USA's dysf...
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LiveThroughThis.org is a project that shares real life stories by suicide survivors. The founder wants survivors to feel supported, to feel they are never alone. Here is a link to learn more about the project. Please note that some stories could be a trigger. Be mindful and use good self-care when accessing this site.
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Convenient New App

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NPR's Health Blog had an article about mental health apps I thought I'd share. The app described in the article called ReliefLink is the one I found particularly helpful and user friendly.
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