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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time committed to elevating the conversation around mental health issues and dismantling the stigmas associated with them. It’s a period for spotlighting the significance of mental well-being and highlighting the support systems available for those in need. At The Right Step Hill Country, we recognize the critical importance […]

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Effects of Repressed Trauma

Work to understand the effects of repressed trauma began with Sigmund Freud and remains important today. Because of the body’s instinct for self-preservation, deeply harmful events are sometimes partly or fully removed from conscious memory. This allows a traumatized person temporary relief from cognitively dealing with their past. Sadly, repressed trauma can have many negative

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What Is High-Functioning Anxiety?

Living with anxiety can be incredibly challenging, and individuals cope quite differently. For some, it’s a debilitating condition that severely impairs function in major areas such as employment or relationships. For others, anxiety wreaks havoc on their internal landscape while outside observers have no idea that they are struggling. In these latter cases, high-functioning anxiety

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Common Signs of Anxiety

It can become difficult to live a healthy life when you struggle with an anxiety disorder, like 18.1% of American adults. Untreated anxiety can cause disabling symptoms that prevent you from working, going to school, and living your best life. Initial signs of anxiety warrant early treatment, as symptoms will continue to get worse otherwise.

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Signs of Depression and How to Treat the Mental Condition

Have you been feeling sad, empty, or hopeless for long periods? Have you completely lost your interest in things or people you used to enjoy? These things can include hobbies, family, and friends. You should be aware that these are possible signs of depression. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is critical before finding

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Get Moving! Does Physical Exercise Help Depression and Addiction?

Today, we are going to discuss how exercise help depression and addiction. But before we get into all of that, did you ever participate in a talent show as a kid?  Maybe you danced. Maybe you performed magic tricks. Maybe—like me—you wowed the crowd with your lip-sync skills. (If only everyone could be so cool). 

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Importance of Exercise and Alcohol Recovery

Researchers are interested in and are beginning to understand why physical activity is associated with addiction recovery. In the broadest terms, we know that exercise is good for our bodies and that our brains are part of those bodies. So it makes sense that exercise would positively affect a brain condition like addiction. Whatever the

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