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When Does Anxiety Warrant Professional Help? Jul 1st, 2020

If you’re feeling anxious and worried amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, the death of George Floyd, and the social unrest that has followed, you’re not alone. These troubling times are difficult for everyone, both here in Minnesota and across the nation. It can be challenging to know what is normal...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jun 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

15 Mental Health Tips to Surviving a Quarantine Apr 19th, 2020

by Gerard Balan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Plymouth Psych Group Many patients and their families are struggling with the isolation & loneliness that come from prolonged quarantine. In doing so, I offer the following tips those who are struggling during this unprecedented time. Stay strong and I hope you find the...

A Nutritionist’s Guide to Planning and Eating During Self-Quarantine Apr 19th, 2020

by Brittan Donohoe, Registered Dietician at Plymouth Psych Group As you think about the past few weeks and uncertainty ahead, food choices may or may not be on your mind. Wherever you fall, I encourage you to reflect on your decisions as you move forward. What has been going well...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week! Oct 20th, 2019

Did You Know….? 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness each year (47.6 million in 2018) 1 in 25 adults experience serious mental illness each year (11.4 million in 2018) 1 in 6 youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year (7.7 million in 2018) Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death...

Unity Day 2019: Together Against Bullying Oct 19th, 2019

(Source: Unity Day photo and excerpts from PACER.org) On Wednesday, October 23rd, the PPG Staff took a stand against bullying and supported Unity Day 2019 by wearing orange. “Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity…the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is...

5 Back to School Tips to Help the Whole Family Adjust Aug 31st, 2019

by Cristin Murray, MAMental Health Therapist & Development Manager  While back to school can be a very fun and exciting time, changes in schools, teachers, friends and routines can also mean added stress and anxiety for members of your family. Since this transition happens every year, it’s a good idea...

Office Hours for 4th of July Jul 1st, 2019

Happy Birthday, America! In observance of Independence Day, our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5. From all of us at Plymouth Psych Group, we wish everyone and fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

The Summer Blues is Real – Here’s How to Beat It Jun 19th, 2019

Most people associate Seasonal Affective Disorder with the dark days of winter, but did you know that 10% of people with the disorder also suffer through the brightest days of the year? Transitioning to longer days and increased sunlight can affect our circadian rhythm, in turn, causing the following symptoms:...

New Study Reveals Striking Data About Teenagers’ Perception of Mental Health Mar 19th, 2019

We all know that that being a teenager comes along with many new and exciting experiences. Looking back on those years (many, MANY years ago for some of us!), you may remember the feeling of finally getting your driver’s licensce and gaining a newfound independence, or integrating with a new...

More Snow?! We’re Closing Early Feb 20th, 2019

Due to another big snow fall here in the metro, we will be closing our office at 4:00pm today. All evening appointments and groups will be cancelled. The concern we have for both our staff members and our clients during incliment weather situations is our top priority on days like...

Join Us at the 2019 Steps for Autism Walk Feb 20th, 2019

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 3rd!8:30am – 11:00am; Southdale Mall The 19th Annual Steps for Autism (formally Steps for Hope) is just around the corner, and we are busy preparing to take part in all of the festivities. This event is hosted by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and is known as...

Oh, Snow! We’re Closing Due to Weather Feb 20th, 2019

Due to the severe weather and deteriorating road conditions, Plymouth Psych Group will be closing at 3:00pm today, February 7th. All afternoon groups and appointments are cancelled for the safety of our clients and staff. We will reopen at 10:00am tomorrow Friday, February 8th. Thank you for understanding. Travel safely!

February: Cancer Prevention Awareness Month Feb 19th, 2019

2019 is marked with many special dates dedicated to raising awareness about various emotional, physical and psychological health issues. February is marked by Cancer Prevention Awareness Month. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about 50% of the most common U.S. cancer cases are preventable. Download Your Free Cancer Prevention...

Congrats, Grads! Nov 20th, 2018

Since we opened the doors to our new Specialty Programs division a couple years ago, we have welcomed 17 different groups of teens who are on the spectrum (or have a related diagnosis) into our ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Social Skills and Emotional Regulation program. As awareness and diagnosis, hence...

Another Group Graduation to Celebrate! Oct 19th, 2018

As we prepare for another Autism Spectrum Disorder Social & Emotional Develpment Group to begin next month, we reflect back to our last group of proud graduates who completed the program just a couple of weeks ago. It is always so wonderful for both the parents and PPG staff to see the...

Is Anxiety Something to Worry About? Mar 20th, 2018

You may have a typical level of anxiety and this information may help to understand and manage it more effectively. This blog may also be helpful to identify anxiety issues in friends or family to help them get the support that they need. What is anxiety? Many people think that...

5 Ways to Mentally Prepare for The New Year Jan 19th, 2018

It is that time of year again where we promise to take better control of our lives. Whether it’s reclaiming our physical health, ditching bad habits, or picking up better ones; we want to look and feel good as we anticipate the year ahead. We stock up on the workout essentials and...