Mental Health Blog

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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10 Ways to Relieve Anxiety in Seniors

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health conditions. Around 10 to 20 percent of older adults suffer from anxiety, and the disorder can have a major impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage it. The following are some

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Why Self-care Is So Important for Therapists

Therapists often talk about self-care with their clients, but it’s just as important that they practice it themselves. Because psychotherapists spend so much time supporting others through their challenges, self-care is necessary for preventing therapist burnout. If you work in the mental health field, never

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Technology Can Help Seniors Stay Connected During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic quickly changed daily life for everyone. To slow the spread of coronavirus, it’s recommended that everyone stay home as much as possible and keep their distance from others. Although social distancing is critical while we go through this crisis, it brings about

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