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What is Codependency?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

What is Codependency?

You may have heard the term codependency used fairly often, but you may not fully understand what it is. Codependency is typically defined as a relationship pattern where you focus on others at your own expense. This can happen through various channels, but typically codependency is characterized by a person belonging to a dysfunctional, one-sided relationship where one person needs validation or confirmation from the other for all of their emotional and self-esteem needs. It can also describes a relationship that enables another person to...

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Bouncing Back After a Mental Health Relapse

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Bouncing Back After a Mental Health Relapse

Have you ever felt like you are in an amazing space emotionally and mentally and then before you can even get comfortable feeling stable, something happens and before you know it you are back in your negative emotional or mental space reeling and trying to find where you went wrong. This can often be defines as a mental health relapse. A “relapse” is when troubling symptoms come back or get worse. It can be scary and even intimidating to come back from a mental health relapse, but working on recovering is one of the healthiest and best...

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Better Ways to Handle Anger

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Better Ways to Handle Anger

Anger is a normal emotion for anyone to have from time to time. However, for some anger can be debilitating or overwhelming. If you feel like your anger is out of control it may be due to not having healthy coping habits or the necessary tools to appropriately process and express your anger. Here is a quick list of do’s and dont’s to help you better process and cope with your anger: Do express how you feel through considerate and clam language. Don’t blame others for your anger or your feelings. Do take accountability for...

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Is Your Marriage Abusive?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Is Your Marriage Abusive?

It is true that every marriage or relationship has it’s own set of issues and fair share of arguments. It is also true sometimes spouses don’t “fight fair”, meaning that they may say things purely out of anger or even say things that can be very hurtful. But when does  aruguing turn into emtional abuse? Physical abuse in a marriage is often easier to identify than emotional abuse, but emotional abuse can be just as damaging. The first step to stopping or reparing emotional abuse is identifying it.  Here are some signs...

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Healthy Coping

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Healthy Coping

This time of year can bring additional challenges and stress. Due to this, people often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol, drugs, or food. While these may make an individual feel temporarily relieved, they can have longterm effects and cause addictions and future consequences. Rather than turn to unhealthy ways to deal with stress, here is a list of safe and effective coping methods that can help reduce stress and keep you healthy. Exercise. While exercise may sound daunting when you are already overworked, it is crucial for...

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Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Tips to Avoid Holiday Depression

It’s holiday time, so you should have plenty of holiday cheer right? Unfortunately “holiday cheer” isn’t automatic for everyone. In fact, this time of year can often add extra stress due to time constraints, travel, money concerns, and stress overload. This can often lead to holiday depression. We want you to have the best possible holiday season this year, so here is a quick list of tips to help you avoid the holiday depression slump! SET ASIDE “YOU” TIME. With so many added commitments, obligation, and...

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A Crash Course in ADHD

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

A Crash Course in ADHD

ADHD is a term that is used quite often in today’s society. However , misconceptions about this disorder are very prevalent. Considering there is an abundance of research and information to go through, it’s no wonder that one could get overwhelmed trying to learn about it. But it is important to educate yourself about what ADHD really is. More than likely you will know, love, work with, or be related to someone that has ADHD at some point in your life. Keep reading for our  crash course to ADHD. QUICK FACTS: ADHD stands for...

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The Truth About Self-Injury

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

The Truth About Self-Injury

What is self-injury? Self-injury refers to a behavior that is not socially sanctioned where one purposefully harms themselves without suicidal intent. Common methods of self-injury include: Cutting/scratching Burning Pulling out hair Biting self Self-bruising (through hitting objects with the intent to cause harm to self or hitting oneself with the intent to cause harm) Self-injury may be best understood as a maladaptive coping skill as it can allow the person to feel something rather than nothing, or as a means to cope with intense...

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Childhood Trauma and How it Follows You Into Adulthood

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Childhood Trauma and How it Follows You Into Adulthood

Often times, people are able to easily point out what their “issues” are, but aren’t able to pinpoint why they have them. For example, someone will say “I’m just extremely angry when I’m around my mom, even if she doesn’t do anything wrong”, or “I want to stop having anxiety attacks, but I don’t even know what is causing them. It just feels like they come out of nowhere”. Typically these emotional issues do not just appear out of nowhere. In fact, the reason behind why your...

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Why Trusting Yourself is Important

Posted by on Aug 28, 2016 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Why Trusting Yourself is Important

If you have recently come out of an abusive or hard relationship, you may have trust issues. While it is important to learn to trust others again, focusing on trusting yourself may be even more important. Being in a dishonest or abusive relationship can warp your sense of self, and even make you question your own feelings and sanity. It is extremely important to learn to trust yourself and to love yourself before you jump into a new relationship. After you learn to trust and love yourself, trusting someone else and truly letting them in will...

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