New information, medications and technological advances are making continual improvements in health care and the field of mental health is no exception. To keep you informed of the latest developments, our writers provide blogs to keep you up to date.

Refer to this webpage periodically to check for new blogs covering all aspects of mental health and mental illness.

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Many people have heard of the term sibling rivalry. But what about stepsibling rivalry?

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Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Numerous challenges are associated with being a new stepparent. Some stepparents have an additional challenge: A member of their new family is mentally ill. This family member could be a stepchild or the new partner’s sibling.

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Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Parenting isn’t always easy, but living as a stepparent can provide its own unique set of challenges. Stepparents often feel like outsiders, unsure of how they fit in within the more traditional family unit.

Here are some helpful tips for dealing with insecurity as a stepparent.

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Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Sept. 16, 2015 marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Divorce is difficult. Entering a new family as a step-parent is difficult. Children and adolescents can have an especially hard time adjusting to the presence of a new family member — or the absence of an old family member — and may be at risk for an adjustment disorder.

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Mental health and homelessness

Mental health and homelessness

Many have encountered someone who is homeless at some point or perhaps know a friend or family member who is homeless. Though people may often make efforts to assist their loved ones or others who are in such a situation, certain stigmas about homelessness still persist, often placing blame on the homeless individual for their current state. This should not be the case though as many of these individuals are dealing with homelessness due to mental illness. Read more

A mind of it’s own: understanding Kleptomania

A mind of it’s own: understanding Kleptomania

Kleptomania is the inability for an individual to avoid stealing. It is an impulse control disorder, in which the sufferer is not able to utilize self control over their actions, regardless of the consequence. While this issue can be helped, many do not seek treatment for kleptomania out of shame or embarrassment. Read more

Understanding Asperger’s syndrome

Understanding Asperger’s syndrome

One of the most common forms of developmental disorder in children is Asperger’s syndrome. Since it is an autism spectrum disorder it exhibits similarities to autism but it also has important distinctions. Those with this condition are often able to function better than those with autism. This is because such children have more highly functioning patterns of speech and language. Their intelligence level is also often more natural for their age. Read more