medical

Coping with a New Medical Diagnosis

Receiving a medical diagnosis can stir up all sorts of emotions, including sadness, fear, and hopelessness. Whether the diagnosis came out of the blue or after a significant period of symptoms and diagnostics, attaching a label to the experience – particularly one that has chronic implications – can be traumatic and, typically, life-changing. To helpContinue reading Coping with a New Medical Diagnosis

holidays

Tips for Managing Anxiety and Maintaining Sobriety During Holiday Family Functions

Guest blog by Jennifer Scott Some people feel dread when it comes to celebrating the end-of-year holidays. Their dread often centers on having to spend the holidays with difficult family members, who somehow always manage to bring negativity to holiday events, creating the opposite of joy and cheer. What happens when family gatherings also tendContinue reading Tips for Managing Anxiety and Maintaining Sobriety During Holiday Family Functions

obesity

How Psychology’s Focus on Obesity Does More Harm Than Good

Psychology, taking its tune from medicine, has honed in on obesity as a problem its providers need to fix.  Medicine views obesity/overweight as a disease; psychology has co-opted the disease model and posits weight as a behavior demanding therapeutic intervention. But these approaches are flawed, and psychology’s focus on weight-loss interventions is unethical, violating theContinue reading How Psychology’s Focus on Obesity Does More Harm Than Good

12-Step

12-Step Approaches: Pros and Cons for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

Success of 12-Step Approaches Most people are familiar with AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), and other 12-Step (self-help) groups. In fact, many treatment providers, when learning of a client’s alcohol or substance misuse, will immediately suggest that the client begin attending 12-step meetings. But do these meetings work? AA, the largest and most well-knownContinue reading 12-Step Approaches: Pros and Cons for Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders

taco

Celebrating National Taco Day at Gatewell

At Gatewell, we’re strong proponents of the intuitive eating and “all foods fit” philosophies. That’s why we were thrilled when our in-house registered dietitian, Christine Tellez, shared this easy recipe. Christine’s Taco Meat recipe kicks off a series of easy recipes featuring Latin-American cuisine, in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. So many ingredients associated withContinue reading Celebrating National Taco Day at Gatewell

Mental Health Insurance

Mental Heath Insurance – To Claim or Not to Claim?

Mental Health Insurance: Before the millennium, many Americans lacked mental health insurance. The Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) expanded on the Mental Health Parity Act to require most insurance plans to cover therapy and treatment for psychiatric disorders. With it, millions of Americans had new access to behavioral health coverage, insurance that would pay (atContinue reading Mental Heath Insurance – To Claim or Not to Claim?

Insomnia

Fighting Insomnia with Reverse Psychology

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Does bedtime create significant stress for you? You might be struggling with insomnia. According to the American Sleep Association, 10 million adults experience chronic insomnia, while 30 million adults have periodic bouts of difficulty falling asleep. Insomnia can have various causes and may be related to other mental healthContinue reading Fighting Insomnia with Reverse Psychology

exercise

The Link Between Exercise and Eating What You Want (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)

I remember spotting a woman at the grocery store not too long ago, wearing a shirt that read, “Will Work Out for Fries.” The problem with this sentiment, along with similar ones, is that it posits physical activity as compensation, or penance, for consumption, a problematic belief that can trigger disordered behavior. When we believeContinue reading The Link Between Exercise and Eating What You Want (Hint: It’s Not What You Think)