Mental Health Blog

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Permanent Expansion of Medicare Telehealth Services

  Telehealth was instrumental in helping people maintain their medical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not all healthcare services can be provided remotely, many, including therapy, are effective through video calls. Medicare patients who benefited from telehealth in recent months have felt concerned about

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Common Mental Illnesses in the Elderly

  Mental illness is common in seniors, but it may go overlooked. Friends and family of an older adult struggling with a mental health disorder may notice the change in mood or behavior, but they might believe it’s a normal part of aging. Mental illnesses

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7 Stress Management Tips for Seniors

Stress is sometimes a normal part of life. Seniors may experience stress when they go through a major transition which causes a dramatic change in daily life. Health concerns, loss of loved ones and financial worries are all common causes of stress in older adults.

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Therapist Tips: Coping With Compassion Fatigue

Counselors enter the mental health field because they want to help and support others. Sometimes, though, these strong feelings of empathy can be harmful for mental health professionals. Constantly caring for others puts you at risk of developing compassion fatigue, which can affect your own

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Signs and Symptoms of Depression in the Elderly

Mental health problems like depression often go overlooked in seniors. Sometimes, a change in mood or behavior is attributed to aging or cognitive decline instead of depression. However, seniors can experience clinical depression just like people of any other age. Depression and other mental health

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Stages of Grief in Seniors

Grief is a normal part of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Losing a loved one is painful and confusing, and it tends to become more common as we age. Understanding the stages of grief in seniors can help you support friends or family

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How to Know When It’s Time to See a Therapist

Working with a therapist is an excellent way to improve your mental health and work through life’s challenges. Although there should be no shame in seeing a therapist, many people do hesitate before reaching out for help. You may tell yourself that your problems will

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7 Benefits of Senior Counseling

Counseling can be helpful at any age, but it’s often overlooked later in life. While there are many great life experiences that happen in older age, there are also some challenges. If you or an aging loved one is experiencing any difficult mental health symptoms,

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