Youth Learn About Cultures And How To Appreciate Differences And Similarities
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Youth Learn About Cultures And How To Appreciate Differences And Similarities

In our world today, you feel and see the tension, hate, and fear of others as they go along their daily lives. On the news, in the paper, and in art, hate and lack of acceptance for different cultures, diversity, and inclusiveness. Our young people will be the adults of tomorrow. Some will continue spreading…

HOW TO COPE WITH ANXIETY
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HOW TO COPE WITH ANXIETY

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association(1), 31.9%, or about one in three, teens experience anxiety. Given that 49.5% of all adolescents ages 13-18 experience some form of mental illness(2), anxiety seems to be the most prevalent. What is anxiety? Anxiety is an uneasy feeling we have in reaction to perceived stress. Anxiety can have…

First Annual Wellness Mental Health Staff Retreat
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First Annual Wellness Mental Health Staff Retreat

In January 2023, Clinical Director Dr. Angelica Soto hosted Plan-It-Life’s first ever Mental Health Staff Retreat in downtown Riverside.  Participants included therapists, mental health specialists, and case managers from all four facilities. Opening with team building activities, the team learned about various mental health topics as it relates to our adolescent client population.  This targeted…

What Is the Difference Between Self-Care and Self-Love?
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What Is the Difference Between Self-Care and Self-Love?

Self-care and self-love are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference between the two. Self-care is the practice of taking care of oneself, both physically and emotionally. It can include activities like eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and spending time with loved ones. Self-love, on the other hand, is about valuing and…

The Difference Between Hearing and Listening
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The Difference Between Hearing and Listening

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.” —M. Scott Peck Merriam-Webster defines hearing as the “process, function, or power of perceiving sound; specifically: the special sense by which noises and tones are received as stimuli.” On the other hand, listening means “to pay attention to sound; to hear…

What Is Existential Therapy and What Are Its Benefits?
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What Is Existential Therapy and What Are Its Benefits?

Existential Therapy Defined Existential practices are not new. Indeed, existential philosophy began in the 20th century and in the late 20th century and early 21st century, multiple institutions dedicated to existential psychotherapy as a method to manage mental health conditions were founded in Europe and the US. Existential therapy is developed for individuals who struggle…

Four Different Types of OCD
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Four Different Types of OCD

OCD, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is a debilitating and sometimes extreme sickness that causes the sufferer to experience repetitive thoughts and/or urges to repeat certain acts over and over and over again. To illustrate, let’s look at a summarized case example shown by the American Psychiatric Association about a patient named “Allen.”  Allen came to a mental…

Social Anxiety Disorder in Today’s Teenagers
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Social Anxiety Disorder in Today’s Teenagers

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is a mental illness that is more prevalent than many may think. The condition is also referred to as “social phobia.” According to the National Institute of Mental Health, SAD affects one-third of teenagers aged 13-18 in the United States alone. This disorder generally appears when the youth is between 10-13 years…

Teen Suicide Warning Signs and Prevention Tips
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Teen Suicide Warning Signs and Prevention Tips

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255 immediately for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day. You may also text 741741 to reach The Crisis Text Line. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide affects all ages. It is the…