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Gardening Becomes Healing with Horticultural Therapy

Note: This article, from Amy Chillag, was published on CNN.com. Chillag is producer of special projects for CNN. It’s a warm, sunny morning in Tony Wright’s lush backyard in Roswell, Georgia. The retired human-resources manager sits on a folding chair and gazes around in contemplation, surrounded by shade trees and chirping birds. He sips coffee […]

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Stress in the Time of Pandemic

If you’re feeling stressed these days, join the party. The reasons behind that stressed-out feeling differ for each person.  Some talk about it, others don’t. But there’s one thing people have in common: When you’re stressed, you’ll feel it in your body.  That’s because your mental and physical response to stress go hand in hand, […]

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Nightmares May Help Us Prepare for Real Anxiety-Provoking Situations

Nightmares May Help Us Prepare for Real Anxiety-Provoking Situations

Nightmares are no fun, but an international study has found that nighttime fears may actually serve a greater purpose. Researchers from the United States and Switzerland have identified areas of the brain that are activated while participants experience fears in their dreams. After participants awoke, these same emotion-regulating areas responded to scary situations with much […]

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PTSD One Step at a Time

Taking One Scary Step at a Time Wendi was casually relaxing, enjoying herself, cuddled in a blanket on the couch, peacefully reading a book. Suddenly, she heard gunshots and what she thought were bombs going off.   She was no longer safe. Her adrenaline soared as she ran for cover. It was now or never […]

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Dementia Tied to Retirement in Developing Countries as Early as Age 60

Could retiring early cause you to lose your mind? Researchers at Binghamton University, in New York, believe so. They found that early retirement could accelerate the usual rate of cognitive decline among the elderly in developing countries, including Asia and Latin America. Their results mirrored those that had focused on the impact of retirement on […]

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How to Find the Right Therapist for You

Table of Contents If you’re having trouble finding the right therapist, don’t despair. It’s not easy. People usually go with who’s closest to where they live or work, or who takes their insurance, or both—without ever actually deciding what they need personally from therapy. It’s what they need from therapy that should lead them to […]

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The Alarming Trend of Teen Suicide

Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade. Robin Williams. We know the tragic stories of their suicides. Countless other adults, mostly unknown, have succumbed to this tragedy, as well. Let’s not forget teens who take their own lives, either. As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the suicide rate for young adults is up—significantly. A study of pediatric hospitals released in […]

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Medical Marijuana a Hit with Seniors

Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opioid painkillers, said Serena Gordon, reporter for HealthDay News. According to Gordon, 9 out of 10 liked it so much they said they’d recommend medical […]

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Stressed? Here is what you can do…

Feeling stressed out? Experiencing headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, upset stomach, or irritability? If worrying or anxiety goes untreated, it can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts. There are things you can do, though, including lifestyle changes, to alter the way you respond to stress. You have some options to re-establish harmony of mind, body, and […]

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Treating Self-Injury

Treating Self-Injury with CARESS: A New Way to Address the “Demons and Secrets Inside” CARESS—Communicate Alternatively. Release Endorphins. Self-Soothe CARESS teaches new behaviors so that self-injury clients feel less likely to follow through with destructive impulses. As a result, they can retain a sense of power and control—expanding their range of positive coping skills.   […]

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Taking Charge with Difficult Teens

“I’m not going to give them any respect if they don’t give me respect,” and “It’s my life.” These are Tyler’s favorite phrases. A defiant teenager, he is particularly fond of using the disrespect card any time an adult asks him to do something. This includes his parents, teachers, and even the pastor at his […]

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The Best Way to Support Elderly Caregivers

Five Ways to Help Elder Caregivers with an Alzheimer’s Spouse Be sensitive to how the Traditionalist Generation thinks. Help elderly caregivers let go of the person they knew. With the therapist’s help, identify the kinds of support elderly caregivers need. Forge a circle of support for caregivers, with friends, family, and groups. Remind elderly caregivers […]

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You Can Choose Your Family

Jane was blessed enough to have a mother and father who provided a strong emotional center of love and support. From an early age, she could count on them for hugs and kisses, for care and compassion, and when she needed to be disciplined, they administered it in an appropriate way. But not everyone has […]

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The Stress of Dating a Narcissist

Sally knew she shouldn’t have done it. But against her better judgement, she decided to give it a try. Sadly, the relationship ended up causing her much more pain than it was worth. That’s what can happen when you date a narcissist. “It’s easy to fall in love with narcissists,” said Darlene Lancer, marriage and […]

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