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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, and anxiety. The most common issue reported from parents is that their child is either not eating enough or consuming “empty calories.”

Empty calories is a term for foods and drinks that lack the vital nutrients necessary for normal brain and physical development, as well as overall wellness.

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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 and families in low income households. The study identified relationship between early intervention and behavioral regulation later in life.

Results indicate that early emotional support, including family and individual therapy for members of the family, helped with effective communication and proper goal setting.

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Hey Duffy! Mental Health & Wellness Column - Medication Addiction - Edition 001

Hey Duffy! Is It Possible For Me To Be Physically Dependent On My Medication?

With the opioid crisis and the rise of benzodiazepine abuse, this is a general concern of most patients.

Many of our patients are not on medication.

We generally do not recommend medication unless symptoms are severe and the patient has experienced little progress in talk therapy. The most common medications we see are anti-depressants (SSRI’s) and stimulant medications (Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse etc.).

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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 …