3 Evidence-Based Ways to Reduce Stress

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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Reducing Stress:

The stress response, or the physiologic changes to include the release of “adrenaline” that promote fight, flight, or freeze behaviors in response to a threat, are very important for our survival. However, our stress-response system is designed to activate briefly, for only about 10 to 15 minutes, just long enough to escape acute danger.  When our stress response becomes overactive due to ongoing worry, uncertainty, or anticipation, this is generally what we call “stress,” or “chronic stress.” 

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Why We Need Emotional Intelligence for Academic Achievement

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

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Emotions and Academic Achievement:

There has been a tremendous focus on the declining academic achievement of students since the start of the pandemic, as well as a rise in issues relating to mental health and wellbeing. But the link between the two is not often talked about.

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Factors to Consider When Ending Your Marriage

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer and has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

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Divorce
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Too often a client comes in and says, “I just want this to be done.” The marriage, the fighting, the emotional toll, and financial unsettling—all of it.

Before you decide to Divorce, make sure to understand the long-term effects, the ongoing drama after the Divorce, and the possible financial reality of the Divorce.

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Healthy Perks of Bicycling to Work

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets. Dr. Mimi is also a fitness and health advocate, is passionate about helping women to lose weight and feel great, and is the author of the newest book,  Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating Mindset, Nutrition, and Exercise Habits for Busy Women.

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Commuting to Work Via Bicycle:

We saw bicycling increase significantly over the past two years due to the pandemic. Being a bicycle enthusiast herself, Dr. Mimi can share the benefits of biking as well as the risks and safety precautions one should consider when commuting to work.

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Is Your Teenager Depressed? 5 Red Flags

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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Determining Your Teen’s Possible Depression:

As a pediatrician, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and the parent of a teenager, I believe that the best strategy to support our teenagers’ wellbeing is to engage in a consistent practice of meaningful interaction.  Being intentional with dedicating a few minutes a day to “check in” with your adolescent can go a long way.  But even with a consistent and open dialogue regarding their mental health, teenagers may not always be forthcoming in telling you how they feel.  Life gets busy, and there are more distractions today than ever.  Given their independence and reluctance to fully express themselves, especially to mom or dad, it is important to be on the lookout for “red flags” that may indicate that they may be experiencing depression.  Below are 5 “red flags” that may indicate that your teenager is experiencing a depressive episode.  To determine if your adolescent might be at risk for depression ask the following questions: 

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Talking to Our Children About School Violence

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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How to Best Support Our Children’s Mental Health
When Tragic Current Events Unfold
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The horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas has brought trauma and anxiety at once to a community that is now mourning the loss of 19 children and two teachers—and has brought collective trauma to our country as the conundrum concerning violence at our educational institutions rages on year after year.

Some ways that we can best support our children’s mental health and to help them process and cope with the often unpredictable and upsetting news events can fall into three categories:

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5 Ways to Best Support the Mental Health of a Loved One

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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Supporting Mental Wellbeing of Loved Ones:

Especially in these turbulent times, we need better strategies and tools to best support our loved ones who may be experiencing mental health challenges. Here are 5 ways we can help:

    1.  The best way to support someone living with a mental illness is to be fully present, engaged, and available for them.
    2.  The concept of “befriending”, or engaging in consistent, meaningful interpersonal interactions is an evidence-based intervention to support those with mental illness, particularly those suffering from depression. 
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How to Talk to Your Kids About Emotions During Unsettling Times

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

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  • Talk through emotions. It is crucial that we talk through emotions with our children. Depending on what kids know and are feeling about the pandemic, Ukraine, other current events, personal events at home, etc., these days more kids could be experiencing big feelings like anxiety, stress, depression, feelings of isolation, and they are often not well equipped to process those emotions!

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Top 6 Tips to Spring Clean Your Mind and Live Your Best Life

Interview Dr. Andrea Nazarenko

Dr. Andrea Nazarenko is a research psychologist with the Obesity Research Team and Social Development Research Group at the University of South Carolina. She also works as a community psychologist, providing consultation services to multiple governmental and educational organizations.

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How to Renew Health & Wellness
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We typically use the changing season to clean up the world around us, but this year let’s also spring clean the world inside of us, too!
Our minds are filled with toxic thoughts and negative emotions. Let’s use this season to throw out the clutter in our mind.

4 Simple Strategies to Support your Child’s Mental Health

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

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How to Support Your Child’s Mental Health:

On the acute crisis stabilization unit where Dr. Loper works as a pediatrician and a child and adolescent psychiatrist, they have witnessed first-hand the pediatric mental health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with national trends, over the course of the pandemic their unit has experienced an unrelenting surge in admissions for kids as young as 5 with suicidal ideations, often with accompanying attempts.  The demographic most impacted have been adolescents.  

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