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  • Treating body and mind: Enhancing mental health treatment through primary care physicians

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 11-19-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    During an annual physical examination with a family practitioner, the medical staff takes blood pressure and pulse readings, notes medications taken, measures height and weight and notes the reason for the visit. Rarely do family physicians ask questions about patient mental health. Since a mental health disorder does not necessarily reveal physical ailments like one…

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  • 11 historical U.S. presidents, composers and writers who actually had mental health disorders

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 11-14-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Studies have shown that there is a higher incidence of mental health disorders in political leaders and creative geniuses. Although nobody can be certain about the diagnosis of a deceased historical figure, it hasn’t stopped researchers from making educated guesses. Aristotle noted, “Those who have been eminent in philosophy, politics, poetry and the arts have…

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  • National Survivors of Suicide Day supports families of suicide victims

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 11-14-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In 1999, Senator Harry Reid introduced a resolution to the United States Senate which led to the creation of National Survivors of Suicide Day, when friends and family of those who have died by suicide can join together for healing and support. The day always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which this year is…

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  • Common antidepressant linked to instantaneous and lasting changes in brain structure

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 11-10-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Although it has been known that antidepressants lead to changes in neural structures in the brain, a recent study has shown them to be much more potent in this regard. A new study on escitalopram, (also known as Lexapro), a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), found major changes in the brain in just three…

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  • Suicide prevention: Why do people feel compelled to end their lives?

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 11-06-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    We all experience emotional highs and lows throughout the day, but for some of us, things can fall out of balance for various reasons. In many cases, the causes for depression actually stem from an over-abundance of positive emotions. When we experience positive emotions, our brains release serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and other endorphins that we…

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  • Full moons: Tides, werewolves and insomnia?

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 10-28-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    The moon has been held responsible for everything ranging from increasing the tides to the murder rate as well as the werewolf rate. A recent study by researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has found something new to add to the list, finding a correlation between lunar cycles and interrupted sleep patterns. The…

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  • Coping with the loss of a pet

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 10-27-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    When people lose a loved one, they are usually met with social support to aid them in their grieving. When we lose our pets, however, people seem to be considerably less empathetic, often times asking why we don’t simply get a new pet. Regardless of the actual amount of mourning involved, the lack of social…

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  • ‘Upside of Your Dark Side’ visits the theory of ‘wholeness’ to flourish emotionally

    By: sovcaladmin On: 10-23-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    In this age of the daily diet of Facebook “happy life” photos featuring smiling friends and beaming family members, and all the accompanying “like” icons, is it no wonder that we may be subconsciously striving for the elusive, perfect, happy life. A new book entitled “Upside of Your Dark Side” by Todd Kashdan and Robert…

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  • How to quickly reduce anxiety

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 10-22-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Although due much in part to genetics, anxiety is shaped in many cases by environmental factors such as one’s own negative thought processes, developing neural structures geared towards negative thinking and an unflattering sense of self. People who tend to be constantly stressed release higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that triggers the body’s…

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  • Mental Health Awareness – Removing the Stigma

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 10-06-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older, about one in four adults, suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. Due to this staggering number, the first full week of October is Mental Health Awareness Week, during which efforts are promoted to bring about a greater understanding of mental health….

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