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  • Sociopaths vs. Psychopaths: What’s the difference?

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 09-29-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    The terms psychopaths and sociopaths share many similarities, being used almost interchangeably by criminologists and forensic psychologists on television. Although both are subtypes of antisocial personality disorder marked by dissociation from emotions and a lack of ability to feel empathy, there are several key differences between the two disorders. Psychopaths and sociopaths make up one…

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  • How the weather is affecting your mental health, mood

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 09-25-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    We have long associated the weather with our emotions, whether it is being happy and excited on a sunny day or depressed and tired when it’s raining. As our planet endures record levels of heat this summer, the question of how exactly weather impacts our mood is more appropriate than ever. Although there is no…

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  • Pharmacogenetic Testing

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 09-23-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Since the decoding of the human genome in 2001, substantial advances have been made in the field of genomic medicine. One such advance, known as pharmacogenetic (PGT) testing, employs a saliva test to help clinicians prescribe the optimal medication and dosage for any given mental health disorder. Everyone responds to medications differently, with some being…

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  • September 10th brings awareness in World Suicide Prevention Day

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 09-08-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    It can be hard to imagine the devastation faced by the friends and family members of those who have committed suicide. Just as it can be hard to imagine the grief of those who have lost someone to suicide, it is often harder to imagine the thoughts, feelings, emotions and motivations of the one who…

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  • National Recovery Month supports addiction, mental health awareness during September

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 09-08-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    The dictionary defines recovery as “the regaining of, or possibility of regaining something lost or taken away.” For those struggling with an addiction or a mental health issue, there is a lot that has been lost and/or taken away. Addiction and disorder can destroy relationships with friends and family, take away a person’s ability to…

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  • Music Therapy: How genres, influential bands like The Beatles help heal substance abuse, mental health disorders

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 09-03-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    #78980344 / gettyimages.com Former Liverpool resident, Sovereign Health writer reflects on The Beatles’ early years It is a well-known fact that music is continuously expanding and always influential. Spanning from the first ballads, to classical music, rock n’ roll, modern pop and techno, music has always been around to speak to people in unique ways….

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  • Conscious breathing reduces anxiety, increases positive emotions

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 08-28-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Many people spend considerable amounts of time staring at screens each day, whether it is reading and writing emails or surfing the web. Activities such as these can cause us to inadvertently hold our breath, leading to headache, increased stress, fatigue and loss of concentration. Email apnea, or screen apnea, has been linked to anxiety…

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  • Brain Mapping

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 08-25-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    For the past ten years, research has been conducted revealing areas of the brain in much greater detail than ever before. Brain mapping is a set of neuroscience techniques which maps biological mass onto dimensional representations of the human or non-human brain, resulting in maps. Brain mapping provides clinicians with the ability to see the…

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  • A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 08-04-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In June, 2013, President Obama held a White House summit meeting to encourage people to pay closer attention to mental health and mental illness. The goal was to end the stigma associated with mental illness and begin a national conversation on the subject, encouraging those afflicted with mental illness to seek help. Award-winning actress Glenn…

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  • Employee Assistance Programs & Treatment (EAP’s)

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 07-28-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are offered by many employers of large companies to serve employees by addressing problems that are affecting their productivity and job performance. EAPs offer counseling, recommendations and confidential assessments to employees, and their families, who are experiencing problems in their life which they can’t cope with on their own. These problems…

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