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10 Things Caregivers Can Do to Minimize the Pandemic’s Mental Health Impact on Children

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC EAC Clinical Specialist – As mental health professionals, our experience in the past with traumatic events such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attack, and school shootings, has shown us that there is a long-lasting impact for a small group of children. Mental health problems affect one Read More

When Gambling Becomes a Problem

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – If you live in Michigan and watch TV or listen to the radio, I’m sure you have noticed the increase in advertisements for online gambling. You may have even seen several advertisements in a row! If you haven’t heard by now, Michigan has changed Read More

Feeling Connected During Pandemic Isolation

By Cynthia May, MA, LLP, EAC Clinical Specialist – In our current environment, isolation is a real issue. The normal gatherings that singles or couples attended pre-pandemic like art fairs, movie theatres, restaurants, sporting events, concerts and even your local city events and dog shows are not being held. Watching television programs can get old and Read More

Showing Empathy: Seeing, Listening, Feeling

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist –The Merriam-Webster definition of empathy is “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.” This can be something the person is experiencing now or in the past. This goes beyond cognitive thinking. Cognitive Read More

Winter Blues During a Global Pandemic

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC EAC Clinical Specialist – The “winter blues” is a phrase sometimes used as a replacement term for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression. We all hibernate (to a degree) in the winter, and this year, we have been in hibernation mode since last spring. It also looks like Read More

Celebrating Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is a guest post provided by EAC’s partner, Workplace Options.  Permission to re-post has been given. The holiday season typically involves travel, gatherings of family and friends, indoor religious services, and parties, all of which present new risks this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can you maintain the most important aspects of your Read More

Beating Decision Fatigue During COVID-19

By: Karen Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, SAP, EAC Clinical Specialist – We all deal with making hundreds of decisions every day. Some are small decisions like what to eat for dinner, and other decisions are major ones and have more impact on our lives. The more decisions we make over the course of a day, Read More