The Duffy Blog

Mental & emotional wellness for today's youth & families

Drug Use: Progression from Abuse to Dependence

Drug Addiction: Progression from Usage to Abuse & Dependence

Government officials have long expressed an interest in addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic.

Each year, there are around 70,000 deaths due to drug overdoses and many of them include the abuse of opioids.

In the past, the drug trade involved the illegal exchange of drugs for money between a dealer and a customer. Today, that exchange occurs on a much more secure channel that grant anonymity to both parts.

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How does ADHD impact brain activity

How Does ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Impact Brain Activity?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) impacts a larger percentage of the population across all ages.

If suspected at a young age, individuals can undergo a clinical assessment and a battery of psychological tests that can uncover underlying cognitive functions that may be contributing to pervasive inattention and hyperactivity. Read more

The Pitfalls of Device Screen Time for Children

The Pitfalls of Device Screen Time for Children

We are in a digital age where anything can be had at the touch of a button or through a few keystrokes of a tablet or phone.

It is nearly impossible to go anywhere or do anything without the inclusion of digital media.

It is safe to say that society has grown dependent upon the use of smart phones and tablets. They are helpful in many ways but to our nation’s youth, they can be detrimental to development. Read more

The Holiday Blues Series: Most Common Factors of Holiday Depression (& How to Manage Through Them)

The Holiday Blues Series: Most Common Factors of Holiday Depression (& How to Manage Through Them)

During the holiday season, we tend to shift our focus from work and daily responsibilities to time spent with family and friends. For most, it is a welcomed respite from the monotony of the work week.  However, for some, this time of year can stir up problematic symptoms of anxiety and depression. Read more

4 Ways Avoid Holiday Depression

The Holiday Blues Series: 4 Ways Avoid Holiday Depression

At approximately 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day, it seems as if the holiday season swings into high gear.

Before you know it, seasonal decorations are up everywhere and holiday sales — too good to pass up –can be found at every turn!

When the calendar turns and December is upon us, many people feel overwhelmed with the holiday season and don’t enjoy it as much as they should. Family and work functions as well as financial stress are some of the most commonly reported stressors during the holiday season.

While we can’t avoid all stress, the following four tips can help you reduce pressures, avoid the blues, and maybe even enjoy yourself this season! Read more

4 Steps Towards Creating Your New Sleep Routine

4 Steps Towards Creating Your New Sleep Routine

There are many variables that may contribute to the maladaptive behaviors and emotional states of people.

Physical ailments, poor nutrition, and defective coping mechanisms can all contribute to the overall mental state of a human being. However, one of the most commonly explored sources of irritability, mood dysregulation and lack of concentration is sleep or lack thereof. Placing mental health concerns aside, for any person whether they be infant, child, adolescent or adult, sleep is imperative to the normal functioning of every system within the body.

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4 Tips for Managing Device and Screen Times for Kids

4 Tips to Managing Device & Screen Times for Kids

One of the more prominent issues we face in this time is the constant exposure of our children to the unknown and often time dangerous worlds hidden within the internet.

The use of electronic devices as it pertains to child development continues to be a questionable debate, providing convincing arguments in the name of safety and technological advancement. However, as parents, we yearn for moments of serenity and silence when small but important tasks can be completed without interruption.

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Effects of Diet on Mental Health

At the Duffy Counseling Center, we see many children and adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, …

Early Self-Regulation Leads to Improved Stress Tolerance

The University of Pittsburgh reviewed a 25 year longitudinal study covering the effects of early support for individuals …

Emotional Exhaustion: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies

Emotional Exhaustion: Cause, Symptoms, and Remedies

In 2017, the American Psychological Association conducted a survey called Stress in America: The State of Our Nation and …