We see pictures all day long of people on social media with fake smiles. They look happy, but in reality, they are just like us. And for some of us, a smile never feels real. Whether it is the problems we have that made us want to drink or use drugs, or depression or anxiety…

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Your social media is filled with posts of people wearing cute holiday scarves, with rosy cheeks, and smiling faces. There is music everywhere that talks about happiness and joy. But when you see this and hear this, inside, you feel nothing. Numb. No emotions. Or maybe just overwhelming sadness that you don’t know what to…

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Vaping. Almost everyone has heard of it, and way too many people are doing it. Whether you vape as a means to kick your smoking habit, or do it instead of traditional smoking; whether it’s as a coping mechanism, or because somewhere along the line it was the “cool” thing to do–regardless of the reason,…

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A lot of the time, it feels like you cannot breathe. No one seems to understand. No one seems to understand you. Life just seems to keep going all around you, but you feel heavy and worthless. Sometimes it just feels like the weight of the world is crushing you. And sometimes, if you drink…

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Have you ever asked yourself how you got this family? Do you ever feel like you couldn’t be more different from them, that maybe you were switched at birth? Or do they just drive you crazy and you wish you could choose another family? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you…

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There are plenty of things in life to be anxious about. But sometimes we feel overly anxious, or anxious about things that shouldn’t make us feel anxious. Sometimes, anxiety isn’t even something we are aware of. It makes our muscles tense, our stomach nauseated, and can even cause physical pain. It doesn’t make any sense.…

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Although fewer than 2 percent of the population are adopted, 6 in 10 Americans have been personally touched by adoption. Adoption creates ripples of impact throughout communities and across generations. As we come to the close of National Adoption Month, here are a few ways you can make a difference in the lives of adoptees,…

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If you’re anything like me, the holiday season brings out the best stress. For many of us, the holiday season is jam-packed with family, friends, parties, shopping, cleaning, entertaining, and that’s just the start. All of these actives are worthwhile and can be fun, but can also invite some not so welcomed guests… stress and…

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“For what you do to others, you do to yourself.” — Eckhart Tolle There seem to be two camps of folks these days– those who believe the world would be a better place with more human kindness; and those who see being kind as weak and reserve their good nature for only those they deem…

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As many as one in five teens suffer from clinical depression. Depression is increasingly common, and left untreated it can lead to serious health issues, up to and including suicidal ideation. However, it can sometimes be difficult for parents or loved ones who are close to the situation to determine if the young person they…

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