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Outsmart Anxiety in 5 Steps for Better Sleep

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Difficulty falling and staying asleep is an all-too-common complaint. What many don't realize is how often sleep problems may be related to anxiety. Maintaining good sleep hygiene and managing anxiety don't always go hand-in-hand, leaving many feeling tired and frustrated in the morning.

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Topics: Mental Health

Kids in Crisis - Pediatric Mental Health Emergencies

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Anxiety, depression, behavioral problems and other mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in emergency rooms across the country. From 2012 to 2016, the rate of children seeking urgent care treatment for mental health issues increased by 55%, states a study headed by Anna Abrams, M.D., resident physician, Children's National Health System, Washington, D.C. 

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Topics: Mental Health

Smartphones Can Cause Anxiety in Toddlers and Teens

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

The U.S. National Institutes of Health estimates that children and teens spend an average of five to seven hours on smartphones and tablets per day. Scientists warn that parents should limit their toddler's playtime on smartphones and tablets. A groundbreaking study found children are at risk of developing a mental illness if they spend too much time on electronic devices.

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Topics: Mental Health

The Impact of Social Interaction on Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Many people take social interactions for granted. While staying connected is effortless for some, there are many people who feel lonely and/or unmotivated to socialize. Mingling with others is more than just a good time; it is associated with many positive mental health outcomes. It's time to make socializing a priority.

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Topics: Mental Health

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

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