Read the latest news and updates from the world of Psychology and Therapy.

As a mental health provider, we find it's important to keep ourselves, as well as the general public, apprised of the latest news and information in our industry. The latest advancements in psychology offer new opportunities for wellness, and Omega Mental Health strives to become a leader in the best practices as they're currently understood.

These articles may provide some insight into your own journey to self-actualization and peace.

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Overcoming Codependency: Breaking the Cycle of Unhealthy Relationships

By Ariane Michaud

“A codependent person is one who has let another person’s behavior affect him or her and who is obsessed with controlling that person’s behavior.” ~Melody Beattie

Sleep Disorders

The Connection Between Sleep And Mental Health

Many people experience problems sleeping including not getting enough sleep, not feeling rested and not sleeping well. This problem can lead to difficulties functioning during the daytime and have unpleasant effects on your work, social and family life. Problems sleeping can be secondary to a medical illness such as sleep apnea, or a mental health condition like depression. Sleep issues can be a sign of an impending condition such as bipolar disorder. In addition to affecting sleep itself, many medical and mental health conditions can be worsened by sleep-related problems.

Mind and body fitness: How exercise can improve your mood

By Brooke Showell

Becky Weil always prided herself on staying active. Cardio, in particular, made her feel more positive and confident about her body. But work stress during pregnancy, a difficult birth and a colicky newborn derailed the 33-year-old New Jersey mom’s regular workout routine. She went months without exercising, and as time passed, realized she no longer felt like her old energetic self.

Middle Childhood (9-11 years of age)

Developmental Milestones

Your child’s growing independence from the family and interest in friends might be obvious by now. Healthy friendships are very important to your child’s development, but peer pressure can become strong during this time. Children who feel good about themselves are more able to resist negative peer pressure and make better choices for themselves. This is an important time for children to gain a sense of responsibility along with their growing independence. Also, physical changes of puberty might be showing by now, especially for girls. Another big change children need to prepare for during this time is starting middle or junior high school.

Helping Someone with PTSD

Helping a Loved One While Taking Care of Yourself

Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., and Lawrence Robinson. Last updated: July 2018.

When someone you care about suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. The changes in your loved one can be worrying or even frightening. You may feel angry about what’s happening to your family and relationship, or hurt by your loved one’s distance and moodiness. But it’s important to know is that you’re not helpless. Your support can make all the difference in your partner, friend, or family member’s recovery. With your help, your loved one can overcome PTSD and move on with their life.

The early years are crucial for your child’s development, as it is during this time that they learn about how the world around them works. Along with their new discoveries, they also learn a lot about their feelings and how to express them in the appropriate manner.

Anxiety is a normal feeling that everyone experiences – a reaction that we have to stressful or unexpected events or situations. We are hard wired to have a “fight or flight” reaction. Even though we are not facing true survival situations every day, we still have the reaction to any situation that we believe is risky to our well being. Whether it is a shouting relative or a punitive boss, or a demanding teacher.