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How Green Space Affects Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

To take a space that is vacant and unused and turn it into a mini outdoor refuge can be the difference in the balance of positive and negative energy in a person. "Greening" as it is sometimes called has been shown to elevate moods in whole neighborhoods. It turns out that a little bit of green goes a long way.

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Topics: Mental Health

Down with Depression - But Not Out - With Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When a friend shares with you that he or she is feeling depressed, your first inclination may be to suggest meeting with a mental health counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist. But new inroads in the treatment of depression are possible with Occupational Therapy.

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Topics: Healthcare, Mental Health

How Much Exercise is Too Much for Mental Health?

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Exercise is well known to benefit mental health in many ways. Not only does it help minimize symptoms of depression and anxiety, but it may even prevent certain mental illnesses. A recent large-scale study provided further support for the importance of exercise to mental health, but it also had one surprising finding: too much exercise might actually have the opposite effect.

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Topics: Mental Health, Self-Improvement

Thero Can Make it Easier to Find Mental Health Assistance

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Finding mental health help can be an arduous task, but one website wants to lessen that difficulty, Thero wants to make that easier by providing a single spot for people to find providers in their area. While there are other ways for finding mental health help, Thero does not have advertisements or membership fees. It's supported by a network of mental health professionals that identify other respected providers.

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Topics: Mental Health

Lasting Mental Health Impact of Family Separation

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Despite President Trump's executive order and court interventions, thousands of immigrant children remain separated from their parents following attempted border crossings. The Trump administration's policy of family separation has provoked an outcry, including from mental health professionals, who worry about the impacts of detention on children.

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Topics: Mental Health

Concern About "Suicide Contagion" Follows Death of Two Celebrities

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When fashion designer Kate Spade took her own life on June 5, 2018 and then celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took his life on June 8, 2018, mental health experts raised concerns about a phenomenon called "suicide contagion."

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Topics: Mental Health

The Cartoonist Guide to Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Mental Health is a serious subject, but that doesn't mean that there is never an occasion for humor when discussing it. Graphic artist and author Ellen Forney used her talent to share her struggles with mental illness to help fellow sufferers understand and cope with their own mood disorders in her 2012 memoir Marbles. As she chronicled her experience with being bipolar in a cartoon format, Forney used humor to soften the hard edges of mental illness. After her relief of finally understanding what was wrong with her ability to control her emotions, other concerns arose. Her greatest fear was that addressing the disorder pharmacologically would affect her creative impulse in a negative way.

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Topics: Mental Health

Improve Mental Health With These Tips

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

You are what you think. Battling mild depression and anxiety can be draining. Allowing negativity to dominate your thoughts can rob you of energy, motivation and interfere with your quality of life. There's never a second while you're awake that you are not thinking about something. If you are plagued by self-doubt and fear of failure or contemplating impending doom, there are ways to turn your thoughts to work for you instead of against you.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Mental Health

Curing Anxiety With Powerful Brain Tricks

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Panic attacks can happen to anyone, anywhere. They make your pulse race, your body heat up and shiver at the same time, and numb your mind with dread. One psychotherapist has discovered a solution to completely cure his patients of panic attacks. It's all about rewiring your brain to react differently when a panic attack rears its ugly head.

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Topics: Mental Health

Comparing Your "Selfie" May be Damaging Your Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on May 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Comparing yourself to others is rarely a good idea. You are setting yourself up for frustration every time. No matter what your assets, there will be someone smarter, richer, more attractive, more talented...and the list goes on. Most adults know this, of course, but adolescents are falling victim to peer pressure in the age of digital images and how they appear to others.

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Topics: Mental Health

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