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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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  • Book Spotlight – Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 07-18-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Author, lawyer, and social activist Melody Moezzi chronicles the challenges of living life in the area between insanity and gifted talent.  At 18, Moezzi  began struggling with medical issues, resulting in the eventual removal of her pancreas.  She marvels at how many people in her life rallied around and supported her, visiting her in the…

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  • National Minority Mental Health Month

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 07-17-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In 2008, the US House of Representatives declared July National Minority and Mental Health Month which allows for an opportunity to create mental health awareness in diverse communities. The goal of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is to improve the access that people have to mental health treatment and services via increased public awareness….

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  • Military Funds Implantable Brain Chip Research to Treat Mental Illnesses

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 06-04-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the United States Department of Defense, is funding two major research initiatives to create implantable electronic devices to monitor andtreat seven different psychiatric disorders, including addiction, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. The DARPA  SUBNETS (Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies) program has…

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  • Santa Barbara Killings Reopen Debate on Involuntary Treatment

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-30-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In the wake of the most recent mass killings, the deadly May 23 rampage of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger that claimed seven lives including his own has reopened public debate on how to prevent such acts of violence before they actually happen. Rodger, a former Santa Barbara City College student, stabbed his three roommates, students at…

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  • PTSD: Not All Wounds Are Visible

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-28-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Since 2010, June 27 has been designated by the United States Congress as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, in recognition of the fact that this phenomenon is a serious behavioral health issue. In addition, June has become PTSD Awareness Month in order to make people more aware of this disorder and the availability of…

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  • Creating a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 05-07-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    When visiting the doctor for an annual physical, it is routine procedure for a patient to have blood work done to check for many common illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Sometimes additional blood tests will be ordered to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. Although helpful for many physical ailments, blood tests are not yet…

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