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  • Alternative wellness: Psychedelics as medicine — good or bad?

    By: Rachael On: 04-28-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Alternative wellness: Psychedelics as medicine

    The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem met in New York from April 19 to 21, 2016, to discuss drug policy. Protestors stood outside the UNGASS this year, most of whom were against the “war on drugs.” Others demanded “freedom of consciousness” through access to psychedelic drugs without prosecution….

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  • Alternative wellness: Acupuncture’s many proven benefits

    By: Rachael On: 04-27-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    A proven therapy

    Those who practice or benefit from acupuncture no longer question its safety or efficacy, nor do the teachers who have preserved its art and science since it began in China over 3,000 years ago. Acupuncture is now used all over the world, including countries with corporate-dominated health care. This endurance alone suggests that acupuncture has…

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  • Alternative Wellness: The role of energy in health and healing

    By: Rachael On: 04-26-2016 Category: Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health
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    Alternative methods of wellness and healing

    Alternative methods of wellness and healing are often attributed to Eastern origins, primarily because the people of China reportedly have the longest recorded history, the oldest civilization, and the most enduring culture and traditions. While the Chinese civilization has not yet self-destructed, unlike many of its planetary counterparts, its characteristic beliefs about wellness and healing…

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  • The ultra-fine line between love and hate explored

    By: Rachael Mattice On: 04-22-2016 Category: Mental Health, Relationships
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    Love and hate are polar opposites, but they share a lot in common, which may help explain why an individual can go from loving someone to hating that same person within a short amount of time. Hatred is expressed in many ways in our culture: racism, political arguments, gender discrimination and religious intolerance all are…

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  • Omega-3 fatty acids benefit mental health as an adjunct treatment

    By: Rachael Mattice On: 04-21-2016 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Treatment
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    Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are typically found in plants (e.g., leafy vegetables, flaxseed, walnuts and other nuts), oils (e.g., vegetable oil and fish oil) and marine life (e.g., herring, salmon, halibut, sardines and mackerel). Taking fish oil supplements, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has become an…

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  • Are mental health apps really that helpful?

    By: Rachael On: 04-20-2016 Category: Advocacy, Mental Health, Treatment
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    mental health apps

    We live in a tech-savvy world where our cell phones are becoming out third appendage and we are using technology to get through life instead of our street smarts. Most drivers in the United States rely on GPS navigation systems and, without these technological advances, we might not have a clue as to which freeway…

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  • Individuals with anxiety perceive the world differently, study says

    By: Rachael On: 04-18-2016 Category: Anxiety, Anxiety Treatment, Mental Health
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    Individuals with anxiety perceive

    According to a study published last month in the scientific journal Current Biology, individuals with anxiety literally perceive the world differently than people without anxiety. These altered perceptions aren’t only visible in people’s behavior — they’re also visible in their brains. The study Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Jerusalem Mental Health…

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  • Hiking benefits mental health and well-being

    By: Rachael On: 04-15-2016 Category: Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Recovery
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    Hiking benefits mental health

    The interconnectedness of mind, body and soul is a universal truth, yet a truth that is often lost in today’s compartmentalized society. Hiking is an easy way to reconnect all aspects of the self with nature, and doing so simply feels good. Scientists have discovered ways to explain exactly how and why hiking feels so…

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  • The link between schizophrenia and shortened brain folds

    By: Rachael On: 04-11-2016 Category: Mental Health, Treatment
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    schizophrenia and shortened brain folds

    Schizophrenia is characterized by active psychosis and the hallmark sign is auditory hallucinations and delusions, which are false ideas or beliefs. There are many different underlying proposed mechanisms for schizophrenia, and the anatomical brain structure difference is one of them. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and other imaging studies have shown that individuals with schizophrenia…

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  • Risks of long-term psychotropic medication may outweigh the benefit for some patients

    By: Rachael On: 04-07-2016 Category: Mental Health, Treatment
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    Psychotropic medications affect the mind and are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. today. Classes of psychotropic drugs include antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers/antimanics, stimulants and anti-anxiety agents. According to the World Health Organization, 15 to 23 percent of Americans were taking antidepressants as of 2010. Up-to-date data on how many Americans…

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