Quantifying a connection between the pandemic and adolescent mental health

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Recently, some of my adolescent clients have shared with me how happy they felt once they returned to school in-person.

First hearing this felt like a splash of cold water on my face: “Oh right! Being isolated at home and attending school through a computer is not normal!”

I’m surprised how quickly we all adapted to the “new normal” of this past year. I imagine anyone reading this can identify with at least occasionally feeling sad or depressed this past year due ...

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Why we know that exercising self-compassion can help you feel better and be better

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  • Studies demonstrate that exercising self-compassion can do more than make you feel better; it supports your efforts to be better too.

For the past year, while navigating multiple layers of stress during the pandemic, many of us have found it harder to focus and accomplish daily tasks. It’s easy to respond to this with self-criticism. But does this help us improve?

It is our primary goal at CEBTOhio to help people feel better and improve their lives – but we always want ...

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What evidence-based treatment is really about

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It may be clear from our name that our practice prioritizes engaging in evidence-based treatment for psychological concerns. What might be less clear is what evidence-based treatment actually consists of.

In 2006, the American Psychological Association defined evidence-based practice as the integration of three components of care:

  1. “The best available research” with
  2. “clinical expertise” in the context of
  3. “patient characteristics, culture and preferences”

What does all that mean? Since eating disorders are one of the psychological concerns that we ...

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7 ideas to improve your focus in college during the pandemic

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  • Disruption of typical routines can make it hard for students to keep their focus in college. Here are 7 ideas to help.

Several months ago, college students experienced a number of sudden changes to their education and social lives, as classes moved to remote delivery and many students sheltered in place away from friends.

While many students may have had some exposure to remote courses prior to the pandemic, the coming academic year will bring its own set of challenges and considerations, ...

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Lady Gaga puts mental wellness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the spotlight

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I’m a Cleveland-based clinician trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This means part of the philosophy I embrace is the need to balance opposite truths.

DBT therapists teach clients how to balance the pain of life’s experiences with the joy of living fully. From that spot, wise decisions can be made, which leads to changes in behavior.

DBT therapy is designed for a complex overlay of symptoms and is the No. 1 evidence-based treatment for addressing the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. Those ...

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