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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

Protecting Our Heroes - Providing Mental Health Help for Firefighters

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

Firemen have been heroes for as long as there have been firemen. They respond when people are in trouble, not just when a house is on fire, but other emergencies that occur from natural disasters, weather events, or accidents. No one questions their bravery; these are the men and women who run toward danger, the people who risk their lives for strangers.

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Topics: Mental Health

Physical and Occupational Therapy Students Develop Spot PTSD Toolkit

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

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that can affect people who witnessed traumatic events. Terrible incidents are not only related to wartime. They can include accidents, sexual assaults, or criminal acts. Recently, several Canadian physical and occupational therapy students created a tool to help identify PTSD in individuals.

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Topics: Mental Health, Healthcare

"Black Panther," Self-Esteem, Abundance, and Mental Health

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

"Black Panther" is a superhero movie unlike any other, largely because the superhero is one of the most notable black super heroes that has gained such mass appeal. Think about it. How many superheroes are you familiar with? Superman? Batman? Spiderman? Iron Man? Captain America? Daredevil? Thor? Most people have heard of these superheroes and enjoyed at least some of their movies.

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Topics: Mental Health

Discovering New Treatments in Behavioral Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Mental health is a rising concern, and one that is thankfully being embraced by many. However, there is still progress to be made if people are to collectively treat it with the sensitivity and compassion is deserves. So how does this start? Where do we begin? Well, here are a few ways that we can raise awareness and decrease our mental health epidemic:

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

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