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Bullying and Your Child

Bullying and Your Child

Bullying can be a devastating experience. It impacts not only the person being bullied, but also their friends and family members; and even acquaintances who witness it.…

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10 Steps to Building Resilience

10 Steps to Building Resilience

Life does not come with a road map—everyone will experience stressors and challenges. These adversities affect each of us differently as related to our thoughts, emotions, reactions, and behaviors. Becoming more resilient helps us get through difficult circumstances, empowers individual growth, and can improve our lives. Resilience allows us to adapt to challenges and situations, and manage anxiety and stress so it doesn’t impair our day-to-day functioning.…

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Supporting a Friend Struggling with Depression

Supporting a Friend Struggling with Depression

When someone we care about is struggling, it's tempting to want to "cure" them. While we can't do that, we can take steps to support them in their mental health journey.…

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Staying True to Yourself

Staying True to Yourself

Growing up can be confusing. We are expected to listen to the same music, wear the same brands, and join the same activities. Sometimes we feel pressured to be a certain way to fit in or impress our friends.…

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Breathing Exercises: Anxiety

Breathing Exercises: Anxiety

Do you feel like anxiety is taking over your life? Breathing exercises are a powerful way to reduce stress and regain control of your nervous system. Learning how to breathe properly can help you…

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Therapist Jesse Lamm Joins Fargo Clinic

Therapist Jesse Lamm Joins Fargo Clinic

Jesse Lamm, LPCC, recently joined Dakota Family Services, an outpatient behavioral health clinic, as a therapist.…

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How to Help A Child With Depression

How to Help A Child With Depression

Start the Conversation.One of the most important factors to help your child through depression is open and honest communication. Listen to what your child has to say and acknowledge their inner…

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Clinical Psychologist Dr. Baczynski Joins Fargo Clinic

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Baczynski Joins Fargo Clinic

Hannah Baczynski, Ph.D., recently joined Dakota Family Services, an outpatient behavioral health clinic, as a Clinical Psychologist.…

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Dakota Family Services Therapist Earns Certification

Dakota Family Services Therapist Earns Certification

Falan Johnson, a therapist at Dakota Family Services, recently passed her ASWB Examination and is officially a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.…

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Going to Therapy

Going to Therapy

People are often ashamed to see a therapist because they feel like everyone else has everything together and seeing a therapist means they are weak. In reality, people from all walks of life struggle with mental health.…

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Learn How to Build Self Esteem With These Tips

Learn How to Build Self Esteem With These Tips

10 Tips for Building Self Esteem: Praise, flattery, and compliments all stimulate self-confidence. When people praise us or tell us we’re good at something, we feel better about ourselves.…

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ADHD Parent Guide

ADHD Parent Guide

Do you think you're child might have ADHD? Or has your child been diagnosed and you're wondering—"what now?" In this guide for parents, learn the signs of ADHD in children, how is it diagnosed, and treatment options so you can successfully help your child deal with this treatable condition.…

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Does My Child Need Psychiatric Medication?

Does My Child Need Psychiatric Medication?

Do you have questions about putting your child on psychiatric medication? This is not always an easy choice for parents or guardians. Here's what you should to know when making the decision.…

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What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

What Does Anxiety Feel Like?

Do you have a partner or loved one who is suffering from anxiety and want to help? This guide answers the question, "What does anxiety feel like?". Last year, the number of Americans reporting anxiety surged by 62%. Different stressors can cause anxiety to heighten and in the last year, due to the pandemic and growing uncertainty in many areas, it was difficult for people to find ways to take care of their mental health. In many cases, the coping mechanisms people had developed to manage their mental health were no longer accessible, and people struggled to find alternatives. Let’s talk about what anxiety might feel like and how you can best support a loved one who struggles with anxiety.…

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Managing Adult Anxiety

Managing Adult Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the world. Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults has it. And it is very treatable! Here's everything you need to know and how to manage life after a diagnosis.…

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Anxiety Versus ADHD

Anxiety Versus ADHD

Anxiety and ADHD often show up in children in similar ways. Identifying these disorders can be difficult, but learning the symptoms of each can help you tell the difference whether your child has ADHD, anxiety, or both.…

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Signs of Mental Illness in Children

Signs of Mental Illness in Children

Many kids suffer in silence. Parents, teachers, and caregivers should be alert to these mental health warning signs in teens and children. Learn what you can do to help.…

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Caitlin Eisenschenk joins Dakota Family Services in Fargo

Caitlin Eisenschenk joins Dakota Family Services in Fargo

Caitlin Eisenschenk recently joined Dakota Family Services, an outpatient behavioral health clinic with clinics in Fargo and Minot, as a psychometrist.…

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How to Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

How to Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer

It's hard to know what to do or say when someone you love has a serious illness like cancer. Here are 7 practical ways to provide the support they need.…

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Sandy Richter joins Dakota Family Services in Minot

Sandy Richter joins Dakota Family Services in Minot

Sandy Richter, LCSW, recently joined Dakota Family Services, an outpatient behavioral health clinic with clinics in Fargo and Minot. Richter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who provides therapy for children and adolescents, ages 6-17, and adults 18 and older, who are experiencing life stressors, stage of life changes, or who have complex behavioral health issues. Richter is a gender-inclusive practitioner stating, “I work hard to be an affirming therapist and to be inclusive of individuals with developmental or gender identity issues, creating a safe and accepting environment for individuals to be their authentic selves.” Richter will provide in-person appointments at the Minot location and is also available to provide online therapy.…

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Tools to Thrive | Taking Time for Yourself

Tools to Thrive | Taking Time for Yourself

There are always a handful of roles that each of us are juggling. If you are a parent, a student, an employee, a caretaker, someone struggling with a mental health concern, or are just feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the idea of taking time for yourself may seem unimaginable. Sometimes it can be difficult to even take basic care of ourselves — but there are small things that can be done to make self-care and taking time for ourselves a little bit easier. If you or someone you know struggles to take time for themselves and it is affecting their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for taking care of yourself.…

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Tools to Thrive | Processing Big Changes

Tools to Thrive | Processing Big Changes

Change is a guaranteed part of life. It's something everyone experiences at one point or another — good or bad. Sometimes that change happens in big ways when we aren't expecting it or aren't prepared for it. These types of situations can make navigating your path forward really difficult. By providing yourself with tools for processing change, you can adapt more easily. If you or someone you know are attempting to process big changes and it is affecting their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for processing change.…

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Tools to Thrive | Getting Out of Thinking Traps

Tools to Thrive | Getting Out of Thinking Traps

It's easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and spend time bullying yourself, dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It's part of how we're wired — the human brain reacts more intensely to negative events than to positives ones and is more likely to remember insults than praise. During tough times, negative thoughts are especially likely to spiral out of control. When these thoughts make something out to be worse in your head than it is in reality, they are called cognitive distortions. If you or someone you know are struggling to get out of thinking traps that affect their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for challenging negative thoughts.…

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Tools to Thrive | Dealing With Anger and Frustration

Tools to Thrive | Dealing With Anger and Frustration

In challenging times, you may find that you have little patience with other people or get upset over minor things. Anger and frustration are complicated emotions that often stem from other feelings, like disappointment, fear, and stress. Taking some extra steps to decrease your overall tension can prevent your feelings (and the reactions that they cause) from spiraling out of control. If you or someone you know are dealing with intense anger and frustration that affects their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for coping.…

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Tools to Thrive | Adapting After Trauma and Stress

Tools to Thrive | Adapting After Trauma and Stress

We all face trauma, adversity, and other stresses throughout our lives. When people think of trauma, they often think of things like abuse, terrorism, or catastrophic events (big 'T' trauma). Trauma can also be caused by events that may be less obvious but can still overwhelm your capacity to cope, like frequent arguing at home or losing your job (little 't' trauma). Trauma of any kind can be hard on your mental health but working on becoming more resilient can help you feel more at ease. If you or someone you know are dealing with trauma that affects their mental health, Mental Health America and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services offer the following tips for healing.…

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