A study finds that six in 10 have no space for new patients. Therapists address the surge and how to tackle it. Despite an influx of COVID-19 relief money, school districts across the country have struggled to staff up to address students’ mental health needs that have only grown since the pandemic hit. Among 18 of the country’s largest school districts, 12 started this school year with fewer counselors or psychologists than they had in fall 2019, according to an analysis by Chalkbeat. As a result, many school mental health professionals have caseloads that far exceed recommended limits, according to experts and advocates, and students must wait for urgently needed help.

. Sex can be an important part of personal well-being. But sex therapists say the work they do remains misunderstood.Everyone is telling one another to “get help,” but few acknowledge that the practice is often flawed.

I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health

Society’s understanding of mental health issues locates the problem inside the person – and ignores the politics of their distress, says psychologist Sanah Ahsan. People have always complained about work in therapy, one therapist says, but now they’re feeling more empowered to take action.How do we explain the estrangement to our kids?. Dr. Jenny Wang discusses stereotypes and generational trauma that often limit options for the AAPI community.

Hear from the people experimenting with psychedelics.In Terrence Real’s new book, the renowned marriage and family therapist argues that our society’s extreme focus on individualism comes with a cost: extreme disconnection from one another in our interpersonal relationships.Psychologists find biggest effects in girls aged 11-13, while boys’ most vulnerable age seems to be 14-15. How do you know when therapy isn’t working? Here are eight reasons you may feel therapy isn’t helping you progress.

While catchy songs from “Encanto” are topping the charts, Disney’s latest animated film is drawing praise for another reason: the way the movie portrays trauma and healing.Royal College of Psychiatrists found patients’ mental health was deteriorating amid 12-week waits. The concept of repressed memory is controversial. But experts agree on honoring lived experiences. Learn what to do if you think you have repressed trauma.A specific kind of trauma results when a person’s core principles are violated during wartime or a pandemic.

Native communities eye culture to treat mental health

To better treat mental illness in Native American communities, programs in Minnesota and around the region are focused on training more Native providers, and incorporating traditional culture and values into treatment.PsychoHairapy is a creative approach to mental wellness for Black girls and women. Here’s more about it.With a focus on improving the mental health of boys and men of color, Brother Be Well has created an online, multi-media community where youth, young men, and mental health professionals can have a safe, healing space with open discussions.If you find it hard to accept help, even when you need it, this might be a trauma response known as hyper-independence.Adverse experiences can change future generations through epigenetic pathways. “I’ve become something,” she said. “I don’t know what to call it, but people write to me a lot, from all over the world.”.

Can therapy that includes drawing, painting, dance, or music help someone heal from trauma? We explore the promising research here. The practice may require vulnerability, but being heard can bring healing: Your weekly guide to the best in books. Clinical psychotherapist and author Dr. Michael Adamse offers advice for maintaining a sense of optimism and overall mental health.

The Psychology Behind The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Judith Rossner’s “August,” from 1983, takes its title from the cruellest month—the one when many therapists go on vacation.Whether you’re coping with trauma, loss, or a relationship issue, or want treatment for a mental illness, finding the right therapist can make a big difference in your journey.Between a resurgence in anti-Asian violence and the anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings, it’s an especially fraught time for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) mental health.Letter: Evidence shows that the majority of gender-distressed children who are not ‘affirmed’ in their cross-sex identification outgrow those feelings, write Maya Forstater and Helen Joyce.