Parents Meeting to Address Kid and Teen Mental Health Struggles and How to Overcome

Why Parent Training Helps in Kid and Teen Mental Health Recovery

By Waterford Counseling | May 11, 2021

If you have a child or a teen who is troubled and struggling, it’s easy to focus on them, their needs, and their diagnosis exclusively. After all, you have to manage their therapy appointments, make time to discuss treatment options with their team, and fill their prescriptions. Sometimes it can seem like your whole life…

Therapy dogs like Moses at Waterford Counseling help kids and teens cope.

Why Therapy Dogs Are Great for Kids with Mental Health Struggles

By Waterford Counseling | May 6, 2021

When we think of therapy, the first thing that usually comes to mind is talk therapy. With kids and teens, perhaps we think of art therapy or group therapy. How often do we think of animals? Actually, we should think of them more often. More and more evidence is coming in that emotional therapy dogs…

Consider the xanax effect on developing brains and turn to Waterford Counseling for help for your teen.

Xanax and Its Effect on Developing Brains

By Maddie Orme | March 20, 2021

Xanax is a highly addictive drug typically used to treat anxiety. Its official name is Alprazolam, which falls under the class of Benzodiazepines. Because they have such a calming effect, drugs like this are easy to build a tolerance to and they’re highly addictive. Xanax is also dangerous because it is getting increasingly easy to…

Where Do Energy Drinks and the Road to Addiction Meet Up?

Energy Drinks and the Road to Addiction

By Maddie Orme | March 13, 2021

A new study found that adolescents and young adults that frequently consume energy drinks are at a higher risk for abusing alcohol, illicit drugs, and misusing prescription drugs. The study followed college students for 3 years and monitored their energy drink usage. By the end of the study, all participants were questioned about their substance…

How Much is Too Much?

By Maddie Orme | March 6, 2021

We have all heard the saying “everything is good in moderation.” This can even be true of alcohol! But do you know when enough is enough? The first step is determining how risky your drinking pattern is. Low risk drinking for men is a maximum of 4 drinks a day, and a maximum of 14…

COVID Brain Illustration Showing Brain Changed and Mental Health Concerns

COVID Brain – Understanding the Effects of COVID Fog on Mental Health

By Todd Orme | March 3, 2021

COVID-19 changed our entire society seemingly overnight, resulting in a collective trauma psychologists believe will span for generations. Some call it COVID Brain. Blind optimism made us think government mandates would be lifted by June, and the little information we had about this unknown virus convinced us it was just the flu. With over 115…

What to do When Your Child is Doing Drugs

By Maddie Orme | February 27, 2021

Isolation. Lack of communication. Withdrawal from friends and family. Personality changes. Physical changes. Dramatic mood changes. Not only are these side effects of growing up and going through puberty, they may also be signs your child may be doing drugs. Before you begin to panic and accuse your child of doing something they may not…

Hallucinogenic Drugs

By Maddie Orme | February 20, 2021

A hallucinogen is described as a class of drug that produces distortions in perception a moderate dose. Users describe them as “mind expanding”, and often report a feeling of being transported to a new reality. They can be put in two categories: classic hallucinogens and dissociative drugs. Both can be man made or naturally grown.…

Gray Death

By Maddie Orme | February 13, 2021

A lethal new drug called “gray death” is a toxic cocktail contributing to the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation. While it may sound like something created in a comic book villain’s laboratory, it is unfortunately very real and very scary. More powerful than heroin on its own, Gray Death is a compound of synthetic opioids,…