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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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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19Jan, 2016
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Should you tell your child the truth about Santa? A psychologist’s view

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While most people agree that it is bad practice to lie to children, most parents will make an exception when it comes to Santa Claus, the roly-poly, white-bearded philanthropist who visits at this time of year with a sleighload of gifts. Of course, not everyone’s a fan – some oppose the Santa myth on religious grounds. Others dread the day when their child inevitably learns – usually from other children – that Santa (spoiler alert!) isn’t real. Others, however, reflect joyfully on their childhood Christmas experiences, and hope to recapture […]
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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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3Apr, 2014
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Tips for improved mental health during the Holidays

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Tis the season where a majority of us will soon start planning the upcoming holidays to gather with friends and family in celebration of various holidays. Many of us will come face-to-face with the realities of the holiday season—the cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating, organizing, etc…and it can be a balancing act beyond our regular daily routines. For those with mental health concerns —it can be even more challenging and increase negative symptoms. Close quarters, lots of togetherness, and seeing individuals that you might at times tend to avoid triggers that […]
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