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When You Love Someone Who is Addicted, Love Yourself More

Nicki Gardes - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
By Lorri Irrgang You want to share love and feel loved by the person who is struggling with addiction, but often all you feel is a broken heart. No matter how hard you try, you cannot get to a place of emotional connection or availability. It feels like every time you reach out, you end up disappointed. And if you love them too much, you risk crossing the line to enabling.  ..

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How Journaling Can Reduce Stress

Nicki Gardes - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
By Gail Doerr Stress surrounds us and can be a chronic state for some. When unmanaged, long-term stress can make us susceptible to anxiety or even depression. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing stress, one tactic that has proven helpful for many people is journaling—writing about thoughts, concerns and feelings. Not only can it ease symptoms of s ..

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Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents: What You Need to Know

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, October 30, 2019
By Ann Geddes Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem experienced by children and adolescents. More than 30% of youth will develop an anxiety disorder sometime before they turn 18. Yet only 20% of them ever receive treatment. Left untreated, these and other struggles may continue into adulthood. Anxiety disorders can easily be mistaken for the typical fe ..

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Micaela’s Story: From Mental Illness and Drug Use to Recovery

Anika Swartz - Monday, September 16, 2019
September is National Recovery Month—a time to bring increased awareness of mental illness and substance use as well as the hope for recovery. This campaign promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes t ..

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Fall Reboot for Self-Care

Anika Swartz - Monday, September 16, 2019
Just like computers, we all sometimes need to shut down for a short time so that we can “reboot.” Summer days are coming to an end and the hectic schedules of school, work and extracurricular activities are gearing up. In this transitional time, you may find it hard to take care of yourself and stay focused and motivated. Here are three tips to help you reboot, with resourc ..

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Six Resources for Young Adults with Special Needs

Anika Swartz - Monday, September 16, 2019
The transition to adulthood can be lengthy and difficult for all young adults—not just those with mental health disabilities. As our society has become more complex, the adult milestones of completing high school and/or starting college, finding a job that pays a living wage, and leaving the family home often are not achieved until age 30 or later. For young adults wi ..

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5-Step Guide to Talk to Someone Considering Suicide

Anika Swartz - Monday, September 16, 2019
Note – This article has been adapted to include the Maryland Helpline information in addition to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/youth/) between ages 10 and 24. To acknowledge September as National Suicide Prevention Month, MCF has j ..

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Help Raise Awareness of International Overdose Awareness Day, National Recovery Month

Anika Swartz - Friday, August 30, 2019
Like other chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, substance use disorders can be successfully managed with proper treatment, yet less than 10% of people in need of treatment receive it. September, recognized as National Recovery Month (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/), offers an opportunity for each of us to help raise awareness and understanding of substan ..

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How Carroll County Significantly Decreased Opioid Deaths

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Carroll County experienced a significant decline in opioid overdose deaths and non-fatal overdoses over the period January – June 2018 versus January – June 2019. Opioid-related deaths decreased from 33 during the first half of 2018 to 13 during the first half of 2019 (a decline of 60%), and non-fatal opioid overdoses decreased from 293 to 194 (a decline of 33%). This is pa ..

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Why Teens Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Anika Swartz - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
According to Johns Hopkins pediatrician Michael Crocetti, M.D., M.P.H., teens need 9 to 9½ hours of sleep per night. “Teenagers are going through a second developmental stage of cognitive maturation…Additional sleep supports their developing brain, as well as physical growth spurts.” Yet most teens are getting much less than 9 to 9 ½ hours of sleep each night. Wh ..

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