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Los Angeles And Ventura County Are Showing An Increasing Number Of COVID-19 Depression Cases

Data indicates COVID-19 Depression in Los Angeles and Ventura County has skyrocketed. Since March 2020, everyone worldwide has been struggling from the major public health crisis known as the COVID-19 pandemic (Ettman, Abdulla, & Cohen, 2020). Everyone has experienced social distancing, isolation, and, for many people, losing a job (Green, Compas, Dickey, &Pegg, 2020). These…

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A look into staying mentally healthy during the holidays

Mentally healthy holiday season is different for everyone You would think staying mentally healthy during the holidays is easy. For most people the holidays are a time of fun, family, and fellowship. Rituals around meals, cultural and religious traditions, and music/lore are a welcome sign for many. The issue for some, however, is that, for…

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Understanding the struggle with substance use disorders

Shame and addiction often play a role with substance use disorders. Understanding substance use disorders lead to several questions. One of the questions that people struggle with when they are trying to understand addiction is why people “keep using when they know it’s so bad for you.” This is a fair question, especially if you…

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“Normal” Emotions vs. Mental Illness

Overview Most people struggle with anxiety, depression, panic, and/or trauma at some point in their life. Many people experience occasionally intense “highs” (ex. Anxiety), and, occasionally, intense “lows” (i.e., depression).  It’s often difficult for people to know when their mental struggles are significant enough to seek out help. We hope to help clear some confusion…

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Returning to Normal

Returning to Normal Overview At the time of writing of this article it is September 18th, 2020. It has been quite a journey making it through the COVID-19 pandemic since March, 2020. Intense fear/anxiety, massive job loss, increases in substance use disorder problems, and suicide have occurred for the past six months. As the lockdowns…

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