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For a lot of young women who struggle with depression and hopelessness, they come up with feel-good myths to make themselves feel better, whether or not they believe they are true. These affirmations may sound optimistic, but it can be difficult to accept them as personally relevant. Adopting a realistic positive mindset, rather than an idealistic one, helps reduce symptoms of depression as it encourages young adults to build an internal locus of control. Why Feel-Good Myths Aren’t Always Effective The problem...

This generation of young adults is ironically known as the self-care generation as they are more aware of mental health issues and promote positivity online, however, they are also experiencing higher rates of depression and anxiety. While most people are well-intentioned when they try to offer support, often the language they use to reassure people that they are okay and that they have a lot of good things going on in their lives, it sends the message that “their problems...

Everyone has a unique style of communicating appreciation and connection; however, we expect everyone else to share the same style. A lot of conflict in relationships comes from not being able to translate other people’s love languages and understand that there is no single right way to be in a relationship. We can understand how to build relationship skills by understanding that there are at least five love languages that people use in varying combinations depending on the relationship. Love languages...

Not always reaching your potential is okay, but overthinking it is a problem. Having goals helps young adults find purpose in their lives, but if their self esteem revolves around reaching those goals, they can increase anxiety. According to a recent study by Edith Cowan University (ECU) found that “it’s not failing to make progress toward our ideal self that is problematic but rather the tendency to focus on that lack of progress in a negative way that leads to...

While the stress of adolescence decreases through your teens, young adulthood is marked by another series of major life transitions. Hopelessness, anxiety, and frustration are part of the process, even if you feel like you’ve worked hard to manage these emotions. Transitioning from a residential program into a step-down program focuses on teaching you life skills to help you integrate into the adult world.  In a residential program, the focus is on emotional processing and healing, while a transitional program allows...

Although your teenager has made a lot of progress in a residential program and has demonstrated readiness for the next step, transitioning from residential treatment is a process that often involves stepping down to continue to offer emotional support. Leaving residential treatment can be a culture shock, even if your daughter has gone on home visits before graduation. They may have taken advantage of all the resources their residential treatment center has to offer and grown comfortable in a therapeutic...

Young adults may be hesitant to get help when they are struggling. You may not know exactly what to do to help. Talking about them may be uncomfortable and you may not know where to begin. Help for depressed young adult may start at home. However, extending beyond the home and getting professional help may be necessary. Before you can address the situation head on, you must first acknowledge that there is an issue present to address. Here are some...