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  • Not just a fad: The health benefits of yoga

    By: Rachael On: 02-03-2016 Category: Anxiety Treatment, Behavioral Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Stress, Therapy, Treatment
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    Keeping her eyes steady on her reflection in the mirror as she plants her hands firmly on her yoga mat, she inverts her body to form the perfect headstand in a hot yoga room all while focusing on her deep breathing technique. Arm inversions and headstands are only two of the hundreds of yoga poses…

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  • Eating disorders and athletes: Purging to make weight in boxing, wrestling and other sports

    By: Rachael On: 01-29-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    In many fighting sports — for instance, wrestling or boxing — athletes are divided into weight classes. Weight classes are used to make sure that opponents are equally matched in terms of heaviness so that neither opponent has a weight-based advantage. Unfortunately, the use of weight classes often encourages athletes to perform something known as…

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  • Eating disorders and athletes: Bulimia, body image and ballet

    By: Rachael On: 01-28-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Most people have a prototypical image of a ballet dancer. Tall. Flat-chested. Thin. For ballet dancers, being thin is not merely an act of vanity — it’s an essential career move. Often, the best roles go to the thinnest dancers. Young girls are discouraged from entering ballet if they’re “too curvy,” and ballet dancers are…

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  • Eating disorders among athletes: Orthorexia, overtraining and bodybuilding

    By: Rachael On: 01-25-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Bodybuilding is a sport in which individuals use specific exercises to control and develop their musculature. Bodybuilders compete by appearing in lineups and performing pose routines in front of a group of judges, all of whom are trained to identify desirable (and undesirable) body shapes. In other words, when you’re a bodybuilder, your performance is…

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  • Eating disorders among athletes: Long distance running

    By: Rachael On: 01-22-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy running. While many of us huff, puff and wheeze our way through a single mile, running enthusiasts regularly push themselves beyond their athletic and psychological limits. Running for fun — and competition — requires a tremendous amount of discipline and control. Perfection at the expense of…

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  • The role of pharmacogenetic testing in tailoring treatment plans

    By: Rachael On: 01-18-2016 Category: Behavioral Health, Health and Wellness, medicine, Mental Health
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    Medications for the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse have been historically prescribed through a trial-and-error process. Many of the drugs prescribed for mental health conditions can take long periods to begin working or have varied response rates, have adverse side effects (e.g., weight gain, suicidal thoughts, headaches) and sometimes do not work at…

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  • Improving Pediatric Mental Health Care in California

    By: Rachael On: 01-15-2016 Category: adolescents, Behavioral Health, Children, Mental Health, Parenting
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    A shocking half of American children are diagnosed with a mental disorder before the age of 18 and just over 20 percent have a serious, debilitating mental illness, according to the National Institutes of Health’s summary of the “National Comorbidity Study” published in 2010. Those findings certainly sound like there are an awful lot of…

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  • Dispelling the Stigma About Mental Illness

    By: Rachael On: 01-15-2016 Category: Crime, Mental Health, Mental Illness
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    The stigma associated with mental illness has existed as long as the disorders themselves, and although efforts are being made to educate people and reduce the stigma, it sadly persists. A lack of education and the perpetuation of various myths have caused people to treat mental illness differently from other types of health problems. Uneducated…

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  • 10 ways surgery can affect mental health and how to cope

    By: Rachael On: 01-12-2016 Category: Drug Addiction Treatment, Health, Health and Wellness, medicine, Mental Health
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    Surgery of any kind is stressful, especially when it is medically necessary, major or unanticipated. Physical factors like life-threatening illness, pain and possible disfigurement make it even worse. Mental factors surrounding the whole process can challenge or exhaust individual and family coping mechanisms. The following are 10 ways surgery can affect mental health with a…

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  • The New Year can mean a new you

    By: Rachael On: 01-04-2016 Category: Addiction, Mental Health, Rehab, self-care, Treatment
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      Think for a bit: how do you know if you need treatment? Okay, if you’re using illicit drugs like heroin or meth, the answer is pretty clear: yes, you need – or are going to need very soon – professional help. For other substances, the moment of clarity can be a little harder to…

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