Yvonne Krasner-Cohen LPC, LCADC



Symptoms of the most common mental health issues

Anxiety — Stress, fear and anxiety in individuals are normal. We have all experienced racing hearts and tense muscles, whether just before a test, while going to a job interview or when a car skids in bad weather. It’s when anxiety begins to interfere with your everyday life — when you experience these symptoms on a nearly constant basis — that it becomes a mental health issue and you should seek help. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States.

Depression — Many people have ups and downs in their moods; once again, this is normal. However, sadness or numbness may become your primary emotion and affect your basic functioning, day-to-day activities and relationships with others. When you feel overwhelmed and in a dark place, you may be depressed. This is the time to seek help.

General Mental Health

Many of these websites will provide information about mental disorders and symptoms.


  • I Didn’t Ask to Be in This Family: Sibling Relationships and How They Shape Adult Behavior and Dependencies by Abraham J.
  • The Secret Life of Families: Making Decisions About Secrets: When Keeping Secrets Can Harm You, When Keeping Secrets Can Heal You — And How to Know the Difference by Evan Imber-Black

Teen Issues

  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Michael Thompson and Dan Kindlon
  • Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross
  • Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman
  • Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (So They Can Look Up Your Skirt): A Dad’s Advice for Daughters by Philip Van Munching


  • Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Child’s Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed by Christopher Willard


  • Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception by Abraham J. Twerski
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org
  • Narcotics Anonymous: www.na.org


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