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Poppy Life Care
Connecting brain health, psychiatry & holistic healing. Serving families and individuals living w/ ADHD, autism, anxiety & depression.

By C.B. Fosbrink

It’s a tough conversation. Grief. Grief is difficult for adults to deal with, especially if the death of someone you love is unexpected. Unfortunately, approximately 2.5 million people pass annually, leaving on average five people grieving the loss (Krull, 2020).

The most difficult time, experts suggest, is several days to several weeks after the loss, when most adults are heading back into their life routine. But although death is a part of the life cycle, speaking to our children about grieving can give anyone anxiety and a painful experience.

What do we say? How can we help…

By Shelly Xu

While any successful weight loss method comes down to eating fewer calories and increasing physical activity, many experts and scientific studies point to counting and keeping track of calories as one of the best ways to commit to not only losing the extra weight, but also to a lifestyle. They argue that If you track the number of calories you’re consuming and burning, the process and numerical approach can be motivational and it could encourage you to successfully stick to more-healthy-eating goals.

Tracking calories by yourself, however, is not easy. You certainly need knowledge about every single…

By Shelly Xu

When you’re feeling down, it can be tempting to turn to food to lift your spirits. However, the sugary, high-calorie treats that many people crave have negative consequences. On the other hand, certain foods have been shown to improve brain health and make you feel happier. Chances are, you have one or more of these foods in your home right now!

Check out our nutritionist’s full list of foods here!

By Erica Solis

My Grandmother told me that we are either Dandelions or Orchids. I didn’t really understand what she meant by that, but she explained that some of us are like Dandelions and some of us are like Orchids, just like the flowers.

I created my own interpretation of what my Grandmother was talking about:

Dandelions — this type of person is less sensitive and is strong minded and can grow anywhere, in the harshest of environments and can essentially “bounce back” easily. My Grandmother said, “Dandelions can get stomped all over and they just sprout right back up”…

By Nathanael Bassett

In an article published by The Guardian in 2019 Ellen Jones describes the way autism is represented in popular media. In reference to shows like Atypical on Netflix, she writes:

What we are seeing in mainstream media is not a true reflection of autism. We are, instead, seeing what neurotypical people think autism is. Savan Gandecha, a YouTube creator and host of #AutismWithSav, told me he agrees that we need to “move away from the stereotypes — that will improve representation in the long run”. …

By C.B. Fosbrink

Every adult experiences it: stress with friends, family, life changes or general daily anxieties. Research tells us, as adults, to meditate, journal or even yoga our troubles away. And most adults do recognize and figure out the strategies that work the most effectively for themselves, and may even not need assistance doing so. We may find, however, that teenagers and children are not able to handle situational changes or unexpected problems that occur in their day to day lives. …

By Victoria Kertz for the California Business Journal

When the pandemic first took its emotional toll in 2020, mental healthcare providers scrambled to best serve their patients. Poppy Life Care used the time to make its holistic therapies, tailored for patients with autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety, completely online and accessible to anyone. Now the Orange County-based group has something it never imagined: a global patient base.

Read our story here.

By Nathanael Bassett

Receiving a diagnosis of autism can cause a lot of different feelings for parents or individuals who always knew there was something a bit “different” going on. For some, it can be affirmation about concerns and questions you always had, for others it can be scary and create all sorts of worries. I’m innately familiar with the process. My seven year old daughter was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder fairly early, and recently received a “soft” autism diagnosis pending further evaluation. …

These toxins commonly found in food deteriorate your health

By Shelly Xu

Every day your body absorbs thousands of toxins from consumed meals. These can be added chemicals, natural toxins, or toxins that have been modified in some way. You may have heard claims that some common foods or ingredients might be toxic, too. And particularly when consumed frequently, the excess of these substances in your body can lead to countless health problems from constipation and digestive problems, to alteration of the intestinal flora, lack of control in the immune system, or even poor absorption of nutrients.

You might already know that you need to avoid products that have…

Building a community with interventions and support

By Nathanael Bassett

Learning about a health issue can feel isolating at first. Teaching yourself about these differences and how they will impact you and your loved ones can be a lonely and frustrating uphill battle. Those differences can also create rifts in your existing relationships. Whether or not you receive a diagnosis, awareness of those issues and learning how to cope and manage them will call on others to be supportive, understanding and patient with you and your family through it all.

Why is that support so important? Let’s use a pop culture example. In the classic video game…

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