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...

Trauma & PTSD

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Diana Ramone, MSW, LICSW, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Outpatient Therapist.  Trauma is a person’s psychological response to a stressful or disturbing experience. Typically, traumatic experiences are sudden and unpredictable. There are several distinct types of trauma – however, if trauma that is interfering with day-to-day life is not addressed, it can lead to mental...

The 3 Categories of Schizophrenia Symptoms

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Crystal Skenandore, LPC, Outpatient Therapist.  Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic mental health disorder that changes a person’s thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Usually, symptoms first appear in early adulthood. They must be present for at least six months in order for a diagnosis...

How to Help a Loved One With Depression

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Madi Mixdorf, LGSW, DBT and Outpatient Therapist.   Do you know someone who suffers from depression?   Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people. Madi Mixdorf, Outpatient Therapist at Nystrom & Associates, outlines the statistics of depression in the United States.   According to...

How Interpersonal Effectiveness Improves Your Relationships

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Stephanie Fish, MS, LMFT, DBT Team Lead.   Communication (or interpersonal) skills are some of the most important skills you can learn. We interact with many people throughout the day, and effective communication makes getting along with others easier and can enhance your quality...

How to Cope with Life Transitions

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Sabrena Plath, LGSW, MSW, Outpatient Therapist.  Change in life is inevitable. Whether you’re in a new relationship, graduating college, or moving – life transitions occur often. However, even if you’re experiencing positive changes, they can be hard to cope with. Added stress - whether that be from an exciting event or an unfortunate accident, can cause problems if it’s not addressed. Learning to cope with life’s peaks and valleys is a...

8 Mindfulness Techniques to Reduce Stress

The Nystrom & Associates provider consulted for this article is Lisa Dee, LMFT, Clinic Site Director, DBT Team Lead, Certified DBT Clinician.   What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a way of connecting to the present moment through the awareness of our surroundings, thoughts, and sensations. Throughout our day, our minds are constantly thinking about the past or future....