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    In a recent study, Minneapolis ranked at the top of the list for the healthiest cities in America. Its residents put a strong focus on healthy living, including regular exercise and nutritious food options for their families. Many of the locals even keep up with their exercise regimen during the chilly winter months by participating in snow sports or working up a sweat at a nearby health club. Minneapolis residents report lower rates of heart disease, asthma, and diabetes, and most assessed their own health levels as very good or excellent.

    When considering health, many people only think about physical ailments, nutrition, and activity levels. However, mental health is an important aspect of overall health as well, but many people overlook it. Therapy offers a healthy outlet for discussing concerns and feelings that may interfere with your daily activities. A licensed therapist can diagnose mental disorders, and then provide treatment to help patients overcome negative behaviors and feelings.

    The Minneapolis census reports that more than 20 percent of Minneapolis residents are younger than age 18. With so many challenges that face children and teenagers, including bullying, competition among peers, and feelings of anxiety and depression, this age group will greatly benefit from regular counseling. Many local therapists specialize in treating this large portion of the population, offering open and honest discussions about how to deal with struggles their parents may not be able to understand.

    About eight percent of the population is 65 years or older, and depression affects 15 percent of these people. Some of these patients may have experienced depression throughout their lives, while others only suffer later in life. These feelings can be exacerbated by changes in lifestyle, such as when a patient becomes ill, moves to a care center, or loses a spouse or other loved one. Therapy often helps up to 80 percent of these patients overcome negative feelings. It allows them to start enjoying activities and hobbies again, which greatly enhances quality of life.

    Minneapolis is home to many married couples and families, so relationship counseling is another helpful area local therapists offer to their clients. Building and maintaining strong relationships with partners, children, and other family members is an important part of improved mental health, but there’s no one-size-fits-all instruction manual on how to communicate and resolve issues. Every relationship is unique, so counseling provides the outlet to discuss concerns and learn how each person responds to specific situations. TherapyTribe’s search features can help you find a therapist in your area who will understand your struggles and unique needs.