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Take Care of Your Mental Health by Adopting a Pet

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

According to the American Psychological Association, pets improve the mental and emotional health of "everyday people", and not just those who've been traumatized, or are facing serious health challenges. In fact, they found that ordinary people who own pets tend to be more outgoing, less lonely, less fearful, and less preoccupied than those who don't have pets. And the positive effects didn't stop there.

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Topics: Mental Health

What Isolation is Doing to Your Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Psychology Today calls it a "modern plague", and confirms what we've long suspected -- Americans are getting more isolated from one another and social isolation is shortening our lives.

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Topics: Mental Health

Dad of Autistic Child Spreads Christmas Spirit With Generosity

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Many parents know the panicky feeling of misplacing something their child can't live without, a favorite "blankie", a fuzzy rabbit, a stuffed bear. Eventually the kids outgrow their dependence on an object and move on and up as they mature.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Mental Health -- 4 Ways to Prevent Middle School Suicide

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Middle school suicide is a real mental health problem. Child Trends reports that it is the “second leading cause of death among teenagers.” In fact, the Jason Foundation points out that “More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.” That is a staggering reality to face. So, what can we do to change this? How can we take proactive measures to prevent so many young teen from falling victim to suicide?

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Mental Health Training -- What Every Teacher Needs To Know

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Teachers often spend more time with children than parents do, so why are most teachers not trained in mental health disorders? Sure they are underpaid, but at the end of the day, educators teach because they have a passion for helping children learn.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Education

Autism App Shows Potential for Early Detection of Spectrum Disorder

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the challenges of treating autism in children is detecting the condition at an early enough stage to intervene. But researchers have found a way to improve the odds of detection by using a new mobile software application.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Support Messaging Makes Instagram a New Tool for Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the digital lifestyle of modern living, people’s lives play out in real time on the Internet. People readily post their feelings and emotions on various social media platforms. Those posts encompass many of the positive sentiments that people feel, but it also includes the lows that people experience in life. One social media platform is trying to use the emotional draw of its technology as a way of supporting the mental health issues that some people experience.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Talk & Listen -- Parenting & Autism

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Communication. It's the basis of every relationship. Watching our children grow and learn to speak is one of the great joys of parenthood. But for parents of autistic children, communication is not a given. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder for which there is no cure. A child’s ability to communicate will vary, depending upon his or her intellectual and social development. Some children will acquire language while most others will have difficulty to one degree or another.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Kate Middleton -- Loyal Royal For Children's Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The future queen of England would get psychological help for her children if they needed it. The Duchess of Cambridge says, "A child's mental health is just as important as their physical health." It is a cause close to her heart and she devotes time and energy as an advocate for children who need help.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

When Panic is Your Partner - Anxiety and Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

People with anxiety live with panic as a constant companion. It doesn't show on the outside, but anxiety is a mental health disorder every bit as debilitating as a physical impairment. A prosthetic leg or a white cane are obvious disabilities; but people who struggle with anxiety are broken on the inside.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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