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Stress Management

Severe stress can impact you physically and mentally. It can lead to symptoms like headaches, chronic health issues, and sleep problems, just to name a few. Our ability to cope with stress greatly affects the way it shows up in our lives.

Oct 3rd, 2022
Understanding ADHD

You don’t have to struggle with daily life. Without support, ADHD can lead to more severe mental health conditions. Counseling for ADHD can gift you the tools and support to make the most of this condition.

Sep 27th, 2022
World Gratitude Day

Expressing gratitude can reduce stress and even lessen symptoms of depression, along with a host of other benefits. Today, take a moment to show someone gratitude or extend some to yourself.

Sep 21st, 2022
Therapy is for Everyone

It’s time to shake the idea that therapy is an option only considered when we can no longer keep our head above water. Like a monthly massage or physical check-up, everyone can benefit from talk therapy.

Sep 19th, 2022
Children’s Mental Health

As parents, we might even strive to keep our children safe from emotionally weighted topics in an attempt to preserve their youthful innocence. While our intentions are pure, this avoidant path does a great disservice when it comes to mental health.

Sep 12th, 2022
Mental Health and Relationships

Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression are incredibly common. Becoming aware of the challenges our mental health can place on our partners and implementing coping strategies can lead to healthy, fulfilling relationships.

Sep 8th, 2022
Healing Through Trauma

Trauma is incredibly complex, and there is still much to learn about it. Trauma isn’t what happens to you. It’s about how you process the lasting impact of a negative event.

Sep 1st, 2022
Recognizing and Managing Social Anxiety

Social anxiety that has turned severe can lead to other health problems, like depression and substance abuse. If you’re struggling to deal with your anxiety, getting support can help you learn life-long coping skills.

Aug 30th, 2022
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective forms of treatment for many common psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Aug 25th, 2022
Recognizing and Managing Depressive Episodes

Depression is a common and often debilitating mental health disorder that affects the way we feel, think, and act. If you think you might be struggling with a depressive episode, read on below for common signs to look out for and effective tools to cope.

Aug 22nd, 2022
Managing Back-To-School Stress

It’s that time of the year again. The time of the year where our schedules are jam packed, the kids go back to routine, and everything feels chaotic. That’s right, the beginning of the school year.

Aug 17th, 2022
Heatwaves and Mental Health

Just as many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter due to less sunlight and colder temperatures, heatwaves can also have a negative effect on our mental health.

Aug 10th, 2022
Cultivating Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem can make you more vulnerable to mental health issues, or it can indicate that your mental health is already struggling. Either way, there are strategies and pathways to improving it.

Aug 8th, 2022
Coping Strategies for Children

Having feelings is hard. It’s especially difficult for our little ones. Without words or tools to express how they’re feeling, emotions can get really big, really fast.

Aug 4th, 2022
Recognizing and Overcoming Cognitive Distortions

Cognitive distortions are negatively biased thought patterns that fuel our misery, anxiety, and make us feel bad in general. These exaggerated thought patterns are irrational and don’t properly represent reality.

Aug 1st, 2022
Men's Mental Health

When it comes to mental health, our symptoms and even attitudes towards it can often present differently for men and women. In fact, men are less likely to seek help for their mental health issues. Men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women.

Jul 25th, 2022
The Nervous System and Mental Health

The nervous system plays a fascinating and crucial role on our road to mental wellbeing. Without basic understanding of how our nervous system functions, we lack having the tools to regulate it when it falls out of balance.

Jul 20th, 2022
Anger Management

Anger itself is not considered a mental health condition, but it is a symptom of several. Instead of fearing and avoiding your anger, work on learning how to sit with it. Here are proactive steps you can take before you end up in the heat of the moment.

Jul 11th, 2022
The Power of Positive Affirmations

The words we use each day are important and hold a great deal of power over our lives. Practicing positive affirmations grants us the power to confront our negative thought patterns and transform them into something that works in our favor.

Jul 6th, 2022
Recognizing and Overcoming Loneliness

Loneliness isn’t considered a mental health condition, but there’s no denying that the two are intimately linked. Mental health struggles leave us feeling lonely, and loneliness is damaging to our mental health.

Jun 28th, 2022
Mental Health and Meditation

To put it in simple terms, meditation is a mental exercise that trains our attention and awareness. Meditation is a valuable tool for putting a stop to cycles negative thoughts that often lead to anxiety and depression.

Jun 23rd, 2022
Challenging Negative Thoughts and Beliefs

If you tell your brain something often enough and emphatically enough, your brain will start to believe it. Do not feed negative thoughts and beliefs to your brain.

Jun 20th, 2022
The Importance of Setting Boundaries

If boundary sounds like a bad word, it’s time to change that. There are a few misconceptions around boundaries that perpetuate the idea that they’re “bad”. They aren’t a bad thing. Boundaries are a form of protection, not a way to limit others.

Jun 13th, 2022
Recognizing Subtle Symptoms of Depression

It’s estimated that over two-thirds of depression cases in the US go undiagnosed. Many times, people wait until depression has corrupted every aspect of their life and they can no longer ignore it.

Jun 7th, 2022
Get The Most Out of Therapy

It can be a challenging step to take the leap into therapy. The challenge doesn’t stop there. Participating in therapy is an active process, and to reap the full benefits of it you must actively put in the effort to make it work.

Jun 3rd, 2022
Mental Health: 101

With a rate of 1 in 5 people diagnosed with mental illness at some point in their lives, it’s essential that we have a basic understanding of it.

May 26th, 2022
5 Major Types of Anxiety

The most common type of mental disorder is anxiety. The prevalence of it has grown exponentially over the last 2 years, but so has our basic understanding of it.

May 24th, 2022
Managing and Preventing Burnout

It’s common in this modern world to feel a pressure to be productive all day, every day. Unfortunately, this is an impossible standard to uphold. We aren’t built to be indefinitely on the go.

May 20th, 2022
Social Media Pitfalls

When we’re mindfully using our phones, there is no harm done. In fact, there are many positives to having a smartphone at our disposal. However, it’s hard to deny the addictive qualities when we find ourselves checking for notifications every few minutes.

May 17th, 2022
The Importance of Social Interaction

Our social lives are the bedrock of our health and emotional well-being. We’re better together than we are alone. Maintaining a healthy social life is linked to better memory, cognitive function, self-esteem, and even physical health.

May 10th, 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Help us break the stigma and break the silence so we can all recognize that Mental Health is Health.

May 5th, 2022
The Key to Embracing Change

While it’s normal to fear change and even resist it – there are practices and strategies to overcome this fear and even embrace change itself.

May 2nd, 2022
Understanding and Managing OCD

Although many mistakenly think over organizing or over-cleaning are signs of OCD, true OCD is much more complicated than such behaviors. Suffering from this mental illness can be distressing and lead to anxiety.

Apr 28th, 2022
Nurturing Your Mind with Nature

Statistics say that the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors . This makes it even more imperative to set intentions to get outside at least once a day and let nature do its job.

Apr 25th, 2022
Autism Awareness Month

The signs and symptoms of autism of often visible in infancy and diagnosed around the age of two. At Dr. Messina and Associates, we are qualified to diagnose and provide treatment to children with autism.

Apr 11th, 2022
Psychological Testing

Psychological testing might sound intimidating, but it should not be feared. Psychological testing is a simple process that allows a psychologist to evaluate your specific needs and symptoms. This helps determine your diagnosis as well as treatment plan.

Apr 7th, 2022
Spring Cleaning and Mental Health

Spring cleaning can help you regain a sense of control over the environment in your home, reduce your stress levels, increase your focus, improve your mood, and may even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Mar 28th, 2022
Women's Mental Health

In the United States, women are 50% more likely than men to develop generalized anxiety disorders or depression. It is critical to know the risk factors for developing anxiety and depression and the sign and symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Mar 21st, 2022
Psychological Benefits of Exercise

Think of exercising as an extra-boost of therapy and medication. It is a celebration of what your body can do! Regardless of your fitness level, daily exercise of just 30 minutes can make a noticeable change in your wellness. Exercise is for EVERY BODY.

Mar 16th, 2022
Social Media & Relationships

According to Forbes, Americans spent on average 1,300 hours on social media in 2020 alone! Social media is used to stay in contact with friends, family, and even your significant other. However, social media can be problematic for relationships.

Mar 11th, 2022
How to Support Loved Ones with Mental Illness

Watching a loved one struggle with mental illness may be difficult for you and you may not know how to support them. Here are some tips on how to support a loved one with mental illness.

Mar 7th, 2022
Tips to Achieve your Health and Wellness Goals

Every day is an opportunity to take charge and enlist healthy habits. Set specific, attainable goals and you'll find that these changes will have a positive effect on your physical and mental health and wellness.

Feb 28th, 2022
The Importance of Workplace Wellness

According to Forbes, chronic stress is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. This can lead to physical health issues as well as mental health issues. This is why establishing a healthy work-life balance is key.

Feb 25th, 2022
Overcoming the Winter Blues

As we dive deeper into this cold winter, many of us experience a plunge in our mood and energy. The drop in cognitive health seems to be almost parallel with the weather. It is often referred to as winter blues or seasonal affective disorder.

Feb 21st, 2022
Stay at Home Valentine's Dates

Do you remember that time (before kids) when date nights were whenever you felt like it? Now kids are the primary focus and date nights are hard to come by. Maybe there is a solution to this issue, and you do not have to sacrifice date nights.

Feb 14th, 2022
How to Overcome Negative Self-Talk

Some studies show personality characteristics such as optimism or pessimism can affect your overall health and well-being. Perhaps this should help you consider how your self-talk.

Feb 8th, 2022
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) For Depression

Through CBT, you become aware of your thoughts and emotions, identify patterns of negative thinking, and reshape those thoughts. These coping skills give you healthier behaviors and thought patterns. You will learn to challenge a irrational thoughts.

Jan 28th, 2022
Healing After Infidelity

Infidelity is one of the most painful emotional attacks we can endure. Discover how you can survive, heal, and overcome the PTSD associated with this trauma.

Jan 20th, 2022
The Power of Pets

Animals offer numerous benefits to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Explore three ways to incorporate furry companions into your psychiatric treatment plan.

Jan 18th, 2022
Mindful New Year’s Resolutions for Your Mental Health

With mindful New Year’s resolutions, your mental health can thrive for the better. Here’s everything you need to know about creating mindful New Year’s resolutions that can not only help you cope in the new year but create your dream life.

Dec 27th, 2021
Holiday Giving - Volunteering and Charity

This holiday season, focus on giving back, volunteering, and charity to brighten lives of those in need. Giving back has been proven to boost positive feelings. Here’s what you need to know about how giving back can positively impact your mental health.

Nov 22nd, 2021
How to Effectively Manage Holiday Stress

The holidays can easily and quickly become overwhelming. Thinking about all the things you must do to make sure the holidays are enjoyable for friends, family, and loved ones is enough to stress anyone out. Here are some tips for managing holiday stress.

Nov 17th, 2021
How to Honor Veterans

Veterans hold a sacred place in our country for their ability to keep us safe and the sacrifices they’ve made. Celebrating and spreading awareness for veterans helps veterans obtain employment, seek mental health services, and feel supported and included.

Nov 12th, 2021
Breast Cancer Awareness

To honor those who have fought or are fighting against breast cancer, here’s what you need to know about how breast cancer affects mental health, and how you can help your loved ones or take care of yourself as a survivor or fighter.

Oct 29th, 2021
Post-Pandemic Social Anxiety

Now that life is beginning to resume back to normal, those that struggle with social anxiety may feel added stress at the thought of the new social norms that will be in place.

Oct 25th, 2021
Adapting as a Blended Family

The process of adapting as a blended family may come with some hurdles to overcome but there are many ways to work together and build a beautifully blended life.

Oct 19th, 2021
Keeping a Well-Maintained and Nurtured Marriage

Marriages take effort as a team, and today we are sharing with you some tips on how to maintain and nurture your marriage so that you and your partner can always feel connected, on the same page, and fulfilled.

Oct 11th, 2021
Art and the Mental Health

Studies have shown that participating in various forms of art can have powerful and lasting effects on mental health.

Oct 5th, 2021
Therapy in the Kitchen

Studies have shown cooking and baking can uplift your mood, promote mindfulness, spark passion and creativity, inspire bonding opportunities, and encourage gratitude. Learn more in today's blog.

Sep 21st, 2021
Music as Therapy

Producing music, listening to it, and learning a new instrument are all ways that music is used as therapy for a large variety of different conditions that affect the brain. Today, we are going to break down music therapy and some of its great benefits.

Sep 17th, 2021
Handling the End of Summer Blues

Here you will find a few different and helpful ways to combat the end of summer blues so that you can hopefully bring a new perspective to this time of year that inevitably always comes around.

Sep 14th, 2021
Mental Health Benefits of Reading

If reading is something that does not typically pique your interest, your opinion might change after you discover a few of the mental benefits we have broken down for you today!

Sep 8th, 2021
Conflict Resolution in Interpersonal Relationships

If you desire to keep the peace in your relationships and solve these conflicts in a healthy manner, it’s important to know constructive conflict resolution techniques that will be useful in a variety of scenarios you may encounter.

Sep 3rd, 2021
Parenting as a Team

When we parent with high levels of respect, communication, understanding, and support, it directly shows our youth how valuable these qualities are and how they can be utilized in their own lives and if they are eventually parents themselves someday, too.

Aug 30th, 2021
Understanding Emotional Health

We’re here to discuss what exactly emotional intelligence is and what it entails, and how you can ensure it remains strong and supported.

Aug 24th, 2021
Using Movement to Heal

Movement can be functional, communicative, developmental, and expressive. Movement can be utilized to work through an array of mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Aug 20th, 2021
Keys to a Successful Transition to College

You have finally graduated high school and you’re thrilled to move off to college and officially start this next chapter of your life – this can be an extremely exciting time, but it can also be a time that brings about a level of anxiety and stress.

Aug 16th, 2021
Back to School Stress Management

The beginning of the school year can be an especially stressful time for parents and particularly students, no matter what grade they are going into.

Aug 12th, 2021
Adjusting to the Stress of Entering Middle or High School

Big changes can be stress and anxiety inducing, especially when you're still learning how to deal with those feelings. Today we will explore some tips that can help you and your child adjust to the changes often faced when entering middle or high school.

Aug 4th, 2021
Benefits of Group Therapy

We’re going to dive into everything there is to know about group therapy if you have questions or concerns on your mind regarding it, as well as list some benefits of this method that are typically associated with this process.

Jul 30th, 2021
Parenting and Smartphones

We’re here to talk about how to navigate the world of parenting in the era of smartphones and hopefully provide some insight on a circumstance that is relatively new for everyone.

Jul 27th, 2021
Daily Habits to Improve Mental Wellness

The daily habits that you enact play a huge role in your overall state of mind and mental wellness. These simple daily habits are known to improve mental wellness.

Jul 19th, 2021
Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga is a practice that has numerous physical and mental health benefits, including alleviating anxiety. We are excited to partner with Sanara Wellness in Southlake next month to do a special class on Yoga for Anxiety. Check out this article to learn more!

Jul 14th, 2021
Coping with Lifelong Illness

Your mental health and overall quality of life should not have to suffer because of a diagnosis, so we have curated some points to follow that can assist you in coping with a lifelong illness.

Jul 12th, 2021
Practicing Mindful Self-Compassion

Anyone can learn how to be more compassionate towards the self, and we are going to tell you all about the practices you can integrate into your daily routine to ensure you are showing yourself this kindness.

Jul 1st, 2021
The Most Common Types of Depression

Depression is unfortunately rampant in our society, affecting around 16 million adults in the US each year alone. Today’s aim will be to acquire a more sufficient understanding of some of the different forms of depression that exist and what they entail.

Jun 24th, 2021
Beating the Summertime Blues

The summer can be a difficult and isolating time for many. There are things we can implement to help us avoid any summertime blues that may arise, which is precisely what we are going to discuss today.

Jun 18th, 2021
5 Simple Ways to Build Good Habits

If you are intrigued about how you can build some better habits for yourself, we are going to let you in on five simple ways that you can build good habits that are much more likely to stick.

Jun 15th, 2021
Main Types of Bipolar Disorder

Today, we are going to break down the different subtypes of bipolar disorder that exist so that we can have a better grasp and gain an improved understanding of this condition.

May 24th, 2021
Tips for Parenting Over Summer Vacation

For those with school-age children, summer means that your kids will have a few months without having school to attend, and you are maybe in need of some guidance on how to best approach this upcoming time. We're here to help.

May 21st, 2021
Identifying and Overcoming Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD, is a condition that is sometimes seen in young children or teens that are frequently angry, irritable, and defiant. Today we are discussing it in detail, along with ways to overcome.

May 18th, 2021
Identifying Core Beliefs

Today, we are going to talk in detail a bit more about what core beliefs are, how they pertain to us, some common ones that are often found within us, and how these shape our frame of mind.

May 11th, 2021