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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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  • Turning Negativity Around

    By: Marissa Maldonado On: 10-06-2014 Category: Mental Health
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    Even the happiest, healthiest people face times when staying positive can be challenging. Anyone who has experienced deep sadness, anger or negative thought patterns knows how difficult it can be to turn around sometimes. Perhaps we’ve just gotten into a fight with our significant other, on top of not sleeping last night, and then get to…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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