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Anxiety Roundup from the Peak View Blog
Earlier this year, Forbes published a compilation of statistics about mental health in the United States. For the purposes of this blog entry, we want to zero in on one particular stat that jumped out at us regarding the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the country: Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and...
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You Pick the 'Flavors' that Support Your Mental Health
How do you feel about pumpkin spice? It is a surprisingly divisive question. Some people simply love pumpkin spice season, indulging in lattes and doughnuts and even pancakes that feature the flavor. Other people truly hate the annual arrival of all things pumpkin spice, finding the taste and scent and overall prevalence of the flavor...
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Color Therapy
In previous blog entries, we have examined various kinds of therapy. Different individuals in different situations benefit from different approaches to therapy. Many people benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for example. Others see improvement by participating in recreational therapy. Still others get benefits from narrative therapy. And in some cases, family systems therapy can...
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Relationship Advice Brought to You By the Letter ‘F’: Family, Friends, Food
Regular watchers of Sesame Street know that the famed children’s show announces “sponsors” at the end of episodes. These are not your traditional advertising sponsors, however. Instead, they tend to involve a letter or two and a number or two. For example, the show might end with, “Sesame Street was brought to you today by...
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Vacation for mental health
We live in a society that values—we would argue that it overvalues—being busy. Somehow, we have arrived at a place in which many people work themselves extremely hard because they consider busyness a kind of status symbol. If you are busy all of the time, you must be important, right?  Maybe so. But then again,...
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What is a Third Place?, third place for a person in recovery, third place
Before the global health emergency that began in 2020, most of us spent a significant amount of our time in one of two places: home and work. While many things have largely returned to normal, one thing that may have been permanently altered is the number of people who no longer go to work but...
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Benefits of yoga in addiction recovery, Benefits of Yoga,
Remember that old song called “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes? You know the one: a fella decides he’s “tired of [his] lady” and decides to answer a personal ad in the newspaper. (Listen, online dating might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is a heck of a lot less...
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Social media, Doomscrolling, Sleep hygiene, Mental health support,
It can be hard to remember that there was a time before screens were a prominent part of our lives. But think of this: the very first movie ever made dates back to 1888. And this was no modern multi-hour epic. In fact, Louis Le Prince’s Roundhay Garden Scene is only two seconds long.  As...
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Health Benefits of Engaging with Others
At the very beginning of 2023, The New York Times—no doubt taking advantage of resolutions season—published a series called “The 7-Day Happiness Challenge.” On day six, the series turned its attention toward making—and keeping—plans with friends. The headline is pretty straight forward: “Don’t Cancel Those Plans.” The opening of the article was no less blunt:...
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