29Jan, 2016
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Stigma of the ‘damaged veteran’ a barrier to treatment, as suicides claim more US troops

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While other families were looking forward to the holidays, Rachel Clinger was awaiting news of her husband, who had disappeared a week before Christmas from his New Jersey military base. The wait did not last long — Marine Sgt. Tristan Clinger’s body was found days later. Clinger, she said, had battled depression but feared he would be discharged if he got help. He is not the only one. Experts who work with both active-duty military and veterans say the stigma of mental illness — whether combat stress, depression, anxiety or […]
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28Jan, 2016
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6 Benefits of Group Therapy for Mental Health Treatment

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Being part of a group can offer insights that you may be too close to your situation to see. Discover why participating could be a helpful type of treatment for you. Group therapy promotes social skills and costs less than individual counseling. At first, the idea of participating in group therapy might seem intimidating. Who wants to share their story with strangers? But group therapy, in which one or more psychologists lead a group of 5 to 15 people, can be very beneficial. In fact, “participants are often surprised by […]
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25Jan, 2016
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Inside the Tragic, Obsessive World of Video Game Addicts

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The withdrawal made Brett want to die. The 12-year-old had only been cut off for a few hours, and his mind was already wandering to a dark and dangerous place. Looking out the window of his family’s three-story home in Wassenaar, a suburb of the Hague, in the Netherlands, the American transplant imagined swan-diving out of his room and falling to the ground below, with his skull cracking open against the pavement. A grim death, sure, but at the time he felt anything had to be better than not being […]
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20Jan, 2016
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The importance of children at play

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In the early stages of life, peer play is an important factor in the developmental growth of a child. It is during play and children’s interactions with peers when many essential and vital skills are learned, from social connections to emotional, language, and cognitive abilities. Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami (UM) College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Rebecca J. Bulotsky-Shearer is fully aware of how interactive play is necessary for a child’s growth; her research centers on social and emotional development in children – especially children […]
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14Jan, 2016
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Why lying is a sign of healthy mental growth for small children

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Child-rearing trends might seem to blow with the wind, but most adults would agree that preschool children who have learned to talk shouldn’t lie. But learning to lie, it turns out, is an important part of learning in general—and something to consider apart from fibbing’s ethical implications. The ability to bend the truth is a developmental milestone, much like walking and talking. Research led by Kang Lee, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, shows that lying begins early in precocious children. Among verbal 2-year-olds, 30% try to pull […]
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12Jan, 2016
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Shame stands in way of mental health help

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Stigma is a significant barrier when it comes to treating kids with mental illness. During the summer between the eighth and ninth grades, Lizzie Galoff texted seven of her friends and asked them to come over. When the girls arrived, the group settled in the comfortable basement of Lizzie’s Appleton home. “My stomach was complete butterflies,” Lizzie, now a senior at Kimberly High School, remembers feeling as she prepared to deliver a major announcement. “I was like, ‘Oh my god, my friends are going to leave me.'” Then, despite those […]
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12Jan, 2016
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6 Tips to Creatively Incorporating 30 Minutes of Relaxation Into Your Daily Practices

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In the hustle and bustle of life, the rare opportunity to take a moment to treat ourselves is not a simple task unless it’s planned. I believe many of us would jump at the chance to take 30 minutes out of our everyday life simply to do something for ourselves. I don’t know how you feel about it but the very thought of taking a nap, strolling on the beach or sitting in the park admiring the scenery seems like a piece of paradise. When I come out of my […]
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5Jan, 2016
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The benefits of neurofeedback

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Who can benefit from neurofeedback (biofeedback) training? Anyone.  Unlike other neurofeedback systems that train specific sites on your brain based on your symptoms, NeurOptimal Neurofeedback trains your entire central nervous system to perform optimally. Neurofeedback gives your system feedback about its maladaptive patterns and your brain decides how to use that information to improve its overall functioning.  NeurOptimal therapy adds nothing to your brain, therefore, it is very safe.   What results can I expect from neurofeedback? When the brain is trained with NeurOptimal neurofeedback, clients may notice the following: Feeling calmer […]
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15Apr, 2014
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Mental Health As Part Of Total Health

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Mental Health as Part of Total Health Good mental health is a vital part of overall good health and well-being. It is just as important to maintain good mental health as it is to maintain good physical health. There is no health without mental health. Supporting Someone with a Mental Disorder Educate Yourself Educating yourself will give you a better understanding of what the person is going through, and it will show that you care. But do not diagnose. Provide practical information to help that person further understand and learn […]
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