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By Anna Leifeste, Clinical Intern When confronted with difficult news such as the death of a family member, being diagnosed with a serious illness, or moving to a new community, it is not surprising to experience high levels of stress and painful emotion. It may be unexpected, however, to learn that significant stress also occurs […]

Posted on Apr 4, 2014

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By: Lauren Drake, Clinical Intern  Did you know that every year an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder? What would you do if a friend or family member told you that they are struggling with depression, panic attacks, an eating disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder PTSD, or something […]

Posted on Mar 3, 2014

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By:   Alison Pullman, Clinical Intern While experiencing mood changes during the winter months is not an uncommon phenomenon, it’s important to understand whether your symptoms are just a case of the winter blues or something more serious, like seasonal affective disorder. Furthermore, it’s also important not to confuse seasonal affective disorder with a more severe […]

Posted on Feb 2, 2014

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By: Olivia Metzger, clinical intern As simple as communication seems, often times when we try to communicate with others (or when others try to communicate with us) much of what we are trying to convey is misunderstood. This can cause conflict and frustration in some of our most important relationships. The use of effective communication […]

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

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By: Anna Leifeste, clinical intern in Counseling Services Along with all of the excitement and busyness of college comes the frequent feeling that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When you’re balancing a combination of several classes, extracurricular activities, hobbies, relationships, and the general demands of young adult life, all while trying to […]

Posted on Nov 11, 2013

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Whether you’re new to Chicago or born and raised here, I think we can all admit that as amazing as Chicago is, every once in a while the stresses of urban life feel unbearable. Whether it is the honking of car horns during rush hour or a CTA delay that threatens to make you late […]

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

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At some point in their lives, I would venture to guess that most students wonder if they have ADHD. Maybe it’s that class where it seems that no matter how hard you try, you just can’t pay attention to the professor. Maybe it’s those moments where you suddenly remember something that has to be done […]

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

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Romantic relationships can bring us joy and happiness in the best of times.  However, romantic relationships also require a great deal of care and work.  John Gottman and Robert Levenson conducted research on couples for approximately 30 years in order to figure out what factors “made couples work.”  Their research involved observing couples as they […]

Posted on Jun 6, 2013

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Written by: Carly Maletich, clinical intern We have all experienced those “a-ha!” moments where it feels as if an idea has finally come together or a concept makes sense for the first time. Interesting enough, these “a-ha” moments often happen in the shower. Researchers attribute this to the fact that the shower has become one […]

Posted on Apr 4, 2013

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When it comes to exams and public speaking it can be incredibly frustrating to put in the time and be completely prepared, only to totally fail or appear as if you didn’t know what you were saying. The first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath and realize you are not […]

Posted on Oct 10, 2012

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