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Aging Brings Us Closer to Death. Why Do We Get Happier as We Age?

Editor’s note: The following article is by Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, an expert in artificial intelligence for drug discovery and aging research. He is also the author of The Ageless Generation: How Advances in Biotechnology Will Impact the Global Economy. The premise of the following essay is that feelings of intense grief, intense joy, or the […]

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The 7 Things That Parents of “Exceptionally Resilient and Successful” Children Always Do

The 7 Things That Parents of “Exceptionally Resilient and Successful” Children Always Do

Humans are not all equal in every way. There are a few individuals who have achieved an unparalleled mastery in their field—and they are what Kumar Mehta, Ph.D., calls the exceptionals. Put another way, they are the 1 percent of the 1 percent of the world’s most successful people. Some examples include innovators like Elon Mush […]

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Eleven Practices That Make Adult ADHD Worse

Source: webmd.com Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is not limited to children—30% to 70% of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms when they grow up. In addition, people who were never diagnosed with ADHD as children may develop more obvious ADHD symptoms in adulthood, causing trouble on the job or in relationships. Many […]

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Worried About the Election? You’re Not Alone

Are you experiencing constant anxiety about the upcoming election? Do you feel helpless to hasten its approach? Does fear grip you because you can’t control the outcome? Join the club.   Situations like these are tremendous stressors that eat away at our psychological resources over time, affecting many people, and especially those suffering from an anxiety […]

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Bullies Are Everywhere These Days—Here’s How to Respond to Them

Elizabeth Bernstein, a writer for the Wall Street Journal and author of this article about bullying, had something to say recently to the guy who pulled up behind her VW Beetle in a jacked-up pickup truck, honked furiously while she waited for a pause in oncoming traffic to make a left turn, then followed her […]

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Peter Ellew, LCPC, Now SMART Recovery Group Certified

Encompass Counseling Center is excited to share that Peter Ellew, LCPC, has completed SMART Recovery training to become a certified facilitator of SMART Recovery groups. This specialized training adds to Peter’s already extensive skill set in addiction treatments. Peter’s passion is to help patients with addictions manage and navigate the difficult road to recovery. The […]

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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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The 5 Core Approach to Covid-19

The coronavirus is adding to your stress level, right? That’s understandable. What can you do to keep it in check? Here are some strategies that tie closely with our overall philosophy at Encompass Counseling Center about taking care of your whole self. Our focus is on the five attributes that comprise your entire being. This […]

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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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