LGBTQIA+ Community & Mental Health

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Jessica Corpe, MSW, LICSW, DBT, and Outpatient Therapist.   Being a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community doesn’t necessarily increase the risk for mental health issues. However, the stigma and discrimination LGBTQIA+ individuals may face from family, friends,...

3 Emotional Regulation Mindsets to Adopt in 2022

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Brett Cushing, MA, LMFT, Outpatient Therapist.   Emotional regulation is important to your emotional health. Emotional regulation refers to how you cope with your feelings and what strategies you use to manage them effectively. When you experience heightened emotions, do you immediately say the first thing that comes to your mind, or act out from an emotional place?   There are many unhealthy...

Can Therapy Help With Insomnia?

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Daren Carlson, MA, LMFT, Outpatient Therapist.   Dealing with insomnia can be challenging, to say the least. When you can't get a good night's sleep, it can make the rest of your day difficult to get through. And this cycle can have a negative impact...

Eating Disorders: 4 Common Myths

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Erin Peterson, MA, LPCC, Outpatient Therapist.   Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder are mental health conditions that should be taken seriously. Typically, they begin with an obsession with weight, body shape, and/or food. Over time, they can lead...

What is Codependency?

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Tina Lee, LADC, Outpatient Therapist.   Codependency is when one partner sacrifices everything to please the other...including their identity. An unhealthy cycle/"relationship addiction" forms from this sacrifice. While all relationships involve some level of giving and taking, a codependent relationship revolves around consistent and problematic...

Types of Grief and Loss

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Anne Allen, CSW, LMFT, Clinic Director, Outpatient Therapist.   Coping with grief and loss is a tough feat. You might be overwhelmed with unexpected emotions that make it difficult to think clearly or get a good night’s sleep.  Everyone experiences grief differently. However, what you may not know is that...

Guilt & Shame: What’s the Difference?

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Rebecca Sanders, MA, LPCC, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Outpatient Therapist.   Do you know the difference between guilt and shame?   You may think guilt and shame are the same feelings, however, they are vastly different.   While guilt is a result of a perceived wrong, shame is a powerful emotion that...

Coping With Suicidal Thoughts

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Jack Hinrichs, MA, LMFT, Outpatient Therapist.  Suicidal thoughts, while scary, are not an uncommon experience. Many people have had suicidal thoughts at one point in their life. Please know that you are not alone, and you can overcome these thoughts and feelings.   If you’re considering acting on suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately. Find the nearest...

How Does Abuse Affect Mental Health?

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Cutler Dozier, LGSW, Outpatient Therapist.   Abuse can happen at any point in life – as a child or an adult. There are several types of abuse including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal/mental, and financial abuse. Abuse can occur in any relationship, including relationships with family...

What is Substance Use Disorder?

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Debra Erickson, MA, LADC, Outpatient Therapist.   Did you know that 1 in 12 American adults have a substance use disorder (SUD)?   SUD is a mental health disorder that involves the uncontrolled use of a substance. It starts with the voluntary decision to use a substance. Over time,...