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10 Common Defense Mechanisms in Mental Health

Humans are resilient creatures and the human brain is a wonderfully complex structure. The instinct of self-preservation is deeply rooted in the human psyche. As our brains develop, through time and experience, our self-preservation instincts can become stronger, for better or for worse. This is not only the case for physical self-preservation, it also applies […]

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The Causes of Codependency

Human emotions are complicated. When we see a loved one suffering, it is human nature to want to help alleviate their pain. When the need to help another person supersedes your own needs, this is called codependency. Codependency defines a relationship in which one partner has intense physical or emotional needs, and the other partner […]

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How to Turn Stress Into Self-Care

The coronavirus has created a new normal for us all. Especially working parents. In my family, just like everyone else, none of us were prepared for this new world. From working at home to trying to figure out how to arrange childcare for the kids, everything became so much harder than it already was. I […]

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Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Look at Split Personality Disorder

When most of us think of split personalities or more appropriately, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), we think of situations like Split or Sybil. Some of us may even think of *spoiler alert* Identity, a 2003 thriller. Point is, when we see those who experience DID—or a multiple personality type of disorder—we see them as violent […]

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Is It Normal to Feel This Way? Aging & Mental Health

Hair grays, backs ache, eyesight “goes”, and knees snap, crackle, and pop when we sit or stand. Our babies are all grown up with babies of their own. Work is getting stale and retirement is on the horizon or we’re already retired. As we get older there are many things that change all around us. […]

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DSCC Daily: Importance of Employer Support of Mental Health

By Lisa Lowery Deal Pharm.D., FASHP, BCACP, B.S.N. is the Director of Pharmacy at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware.   MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT for patients at SUN Behavioral Delaware is the number one priority for our patients and as a mental health organization SUN strives to ensure the staff is supported as well. Research shows that […]

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Five Tips for Navigating the Holidays with a Substance Use Disorder

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends, but they can also be stressful when you’re battling a substance use disorder. Maintaining sobriety at events can make you want to hide away at home and skip the whole holiday season. Here are five tips to help you plan for the festivities […]

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Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Find Your Ray of SUN Daylight Saving Time is near and as the days are already getting shorter, for many Americans, colder and darker months can bring Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with them. Of course, when it comes to sunlight, our team at SUN Behavioral Health is uniquely qualified to help. We frequently encounter these […]

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Suicide Prevention Month

Suicidal thoughts, like mental health issues, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. The 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., suicide claimed more than 47,000 American lives in 2017, leaving behind thousands of friends and family members to navigate the loss. Often, those suicide loss survivors are left in the dark, […]

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Is Your Teen at Risk?

BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME CAN TRIGGER MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE USE Millions of teenagers across the country struggle with depression, anxiety and other behavioral health issues. In fact, a staggering 20 percent of 13 to 17-year-olds live with a mental health condition, and 50 percent of all lifetime mental illness cases begin by age 14. For parents […]

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