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Don't Worry, Be Happy - How Positivity Improves Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on May 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Bad stuff happens to everybody. It's inevitable. The way we handle setbacks and upsets and disappointments is a measure of our mental health. No one celebrates negative occurrences or situations, but marinating in the sadness or anger that they provoke is literally bad for body and mind.

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Topics: Mental Health

Tackling Depression Head On Through Yoga

Posted by Brian Spence on May 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

More than ever before, medical practitioners of today recommend an active approach to tackling depression. While depression often develops into a prolonged illness, people often hold the means to combat this persistent foe and prevent it from firmly establishing itself in the mind.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Online Mental Health Care Delivery -- The Virtual Therapist

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Throughout history, technology has radically changed the way we live. Just as the Industrial Revolution saw productivity shift from the farm to the factory, the 21st century is deep in the Digital Revolution. At the center of all this is the World Wide Web, the vehicle that enables people all over the globe to communicate instantly.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Need a Mental Health Boost? Head Outdoors!

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Summer is the season for rest, relaxation, and loads of outdoor fun. In reality, the stresses of work, childcare, and other responsibilities remain unchanged no matter the season. These everyday burdens are amplified for those suffering from mental illness.

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Topics: Mental Health

How "This is Us" Portrayed Anxiety Honestly

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In a recent "This is Us" episode, Randall experienced a panic attack, the effects of stress and chronic anxiety. Randall is sitting in his office when his vision goes blurry and his hands start shaking. When he calls his brother Kevin and cancels, luckily, Kevin realizes something is wrong, and he comes to the aid of Randall.

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Topics: Mental Health

Social Media & Mental Health -- Quick Fixes for News Feed Anxiety

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Anxiety surrounding major events such as the election, activism calls, and natural disasters has always been around, but since the rise in social media, a new mental health struggle has been born -- news feed anxiety. Social Media is a fantastic tool, but it doesn't come without a dark side. So much value is focused on the entertainment and networking aspect that it's easy to forget that we need strategies to keep our mind balanced, positive, and healthy.

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Topics: Mental Health

How to Deal With Anxiety

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Anxiety can be crippling. It's a free-floating fear that can and does paralyze sufferers, and it's difficult to explain it to others because it's not a concrete thing. If you've experienced it, you know what it feels like and you know how hard it can be to quell.

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Topics: Mental Health

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

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