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Centerstone offers advice and education on a variety of current health-related topics and trends. We have articles – most written by our experts in their fields – to help our readers stay informed on new and ongoing mental health issues.

Read about things like:

  • how to fight addiction
  • easy ways to relieve stress
  • recognizing anxiety and depression and how to overcome them
  • what to do if a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts

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Gratitude: The Key to Recovery

By Mandy Hazel Centerstone Counselor and Case Manager November is a time many people set aside to express gratitude for all the things for which they are grateful. Gratitude is defined as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and return kindness.” People in recovery go through a journey of a spiritual awakening ...

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Practicing Mindfulness to Reduce Holiday Stress

Not everyone approaches the holidays cheerfully. Some individuals see it as the most stressful time of the year. Common holiday stressors are related to budgeting for gift-buying, self-image, family tensions and reminders of past holiday hardships. Some may also spend so much time focusing on doing things for others that they overextend themselves. “It’s the ...

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Good vs. Bad Stress

Most people want to live life as stress-free as possible. We try to stay away from situations that we know will lead to frustration and anxiety. But did you know that stress can be negative or positive? Stress that is characterized as negative is referred to as distress. Examples of common negative stressors are relationship ...

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Managing alone time and loneliness during the holidays

For many, the holidays are filled with friends, family and constant celebration. People put socialization on overdrive and seem to take no breaks. However, for others, the holidays can feel lonelier than any other time of year. Not everyone has close friends and family to spend their time with during these cold few months. Some ...

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Recognizing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

This time of year when the weather is cold, wet and dreary, there are many days when we’d like to pull the covers back over our heads and stay in bed, rather than get out and face the day. We often loosely blame the winter months for sapping our energy, leaving us tired, irritable and ...

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Cyberbullying in the digital world

As communication technology continues to advance, people become increasingly connected through the web and social media. 95% of teens are connected to the internet, and 85% are social media users. While there are many benefits to our high levels of connectedness via social media, there is also a dark side: cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that ...

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What OCD is, and what it isn’t

In our own ways, we all have a desire for order, cleanliness and assurance. We have specific ways that we like to do things and may even become bothered when these usual practices don’t go our way. We even sometimes will call ourselves “OCD” for liking things a certain way. Because we are all constantly ...

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Supporting someone who comes out as LGBTQ+

Everyone holds multiple identities that are important to them. These identities have to do with one’s race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, age and much more. We want to be comfortable sharing our identities with those we love. But for some, this can be a scary experience. Those in the LGBTQ+ community may be more hesitant ...

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What codependency is and how to move past it

When we are in need, many of us can think of at least one person we can always rely on, someone who’s willing to drop everything to help us out with anything. But is there a chance that this can be unhealthy? While reliability is a positive characteristic, being ready to help someone at all ...

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Finding balance as a college student

College is a time in life where people can experience the most freedom. This freedom comes with opportunities such as academic endeavors, new friends and having extra time to learn more about yourself. While this freedom comes with opportunities to explore new things and expand your interests, it also comes with pressures from all around. ...

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