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Behavioral Health News - October 2014
In This Issue: October 2014
Suicide Crisis
Emotional Freedom Technique
Sociopaths vs Psychopaths
Marijuana and Creativity
Book Spotlight:The Upside of Your Dark
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Suicide is defined as the intentional taking of one's own life. Unfortunately, the subject of suicide amid the general population has been silent in recent years, excluding the focus on military veterans that were involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Following World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th and Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 5th through October 11th, USA Today's top story this past weekend investigated the "suicide crisis," and another story focused on a terminally ill woman fighting for the right to end her own life; these stories have brought suicide and mental health disorders more exposure and moved these issues back into the forefront of attention.


According to the USA Today article, there are 40,000 suicides annually in the United States alone. Every 13 minutes, a person in the U.S. intentionally ends their own life.....Read on

EFT: Alternative medicine technique used to release negative emotions associated with trauma, substance abuse


Though it remains controversial, more and more mental health practitioners have been employing what is known as the emotional freedom technique for their patients. This practice is intended to reduce negative emotions such as anxiety related to traumatic memories. This method originates from the concept of acupuncture in eastern medicine. The ancient Chinese believed that the body is composed of meridians, or a field of energy.
This technique makes use of such pressure points, which are used in conjunction with repeated positive phrases. Some mental health professionals and patients are certain of its effectiveness, while others are more skeptical, denouncing it as a pseudoscience....Read on 

Study Claims Creativity is Not Improved by Marijuana

Some people believe that smoking cannabis boosts creativity. But a new study by researchers from Leiden University in the Netherlands claims this is not the case; smoking cannabis may even hinder creativity.

The research team, including Lorenza Colzato of the Cognitive Psychology Unit at the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University and the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition, recently published their findings in the journal Psychopharmacology.

Cannabis, or marijuana, is the most commonly used illicit drug in the US. According to a 2012 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.3% of individuals aged 12 and over had used cannabis in the past month.

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Sovereign Book Spotlight:

The Upside of Your Dark Side

by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener


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 "The Upside of Your Dark Side"by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener may just change the way you perceive that quest for happiness.  

The authors had entered the field of positive psychology a decade ago, attracted by the emphasis on the positive aspects of human nature and hopeful that they'd found their niche. There is actually a field named positive psychology, a 15-year-old branch in psychology that promotes the understanding and building of the positive qualities in an individual, such as optimism, social responsibility, work ethic and courage.  It sounds good on paper, utilizing such utopian terms as "sustainable happiness," and is concerned with three issues: positive emotions, positive individual traits and positive institutions.  

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I'm a firm believer that education always plays an important role in shaping the personality of an individual. I have a BS in Computer Science and MBA in Marketing. All my studies have helped me learn my strengths and weaknesses as a professional. I've always had an interest in Marketing and have now been working in this field for four years. I want to learn even more and further excel in Marketing.


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I would like to thank my friend who is incidentally an ex Sovereign employee for bringing me here. He strongly believed in my abilities and aptitude as a Marketing professional. Since then it has been a very fruitful journey for me both professionally as well as personally.

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