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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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Putting the Coronavirus into Perspective

Perspective is an important thing to consider when dealing with anxiety-provoking situations. You know this from your sessions with your therapist. Please remember this as you consider your response to Covid-19. Don’t let emotions outweigh logic in your everyday choices surrounding the coronavirus. Whether it’s fighting someone in the grocery store for toilet paper, or […]

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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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Is Technology Destroying Our Culture?

We might as well ask if the Pope is Catholic, or if Tom Brady is a future hall of famer. Of course, technology impacts culture—destructively. For example, how could it not when people living in the same house or workplace can all be looking at different screens and communicating with different people—some within the same […]

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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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Confession: The Only Way to End an Addiction for Good?

Confession. Who needs it? Criminals admitting their crimes to police? Children caught with their hand in the cookie jar? Congregants talking to their priest? How about confession for those suffering from an addiction? It’s what Dr. Carl Hart, chair of the department of psychology at Columbia University, thinks. His view of addiction focuses less on the […]

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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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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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More Screen Time Could Mean More Anxiety and Depression for Teens

A new report in the journal Emotion suggests that teens who spend less time in front of their screens are happier—up to a point. The report, “Decreases in Psychological Well-Being Among American Adolescents After 2012 and Links to Screen Time During the Rise of Smartphone Technology,” used a large national survey of eighth, 10th and […]

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Why Can’t I Remember Anything?

The following article is adapted from WebMD. It appears on the site’s Health & Balance section. Looking for those car keys, and you just can’t seem to find them? Meet someone at a party, and 5 minutes later you forget her name? You leave the grocery store and have no idea where your car is […]

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What Is Concealed Depression and How Can You Spot Its Sneaky Symptoms?

When you think of depression, you may be inclined to picture someone who struggles to get out of bed every morning and is barely able to function. But unlike many medical conditions, depression is one that often goes unseen and undiagnosed. That’s because many sufferers actually experience concealed or smiling depression, in which they put […]

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Some Use LSD as Brain Boost, But Dangers Remain

In the following article, Jennifer Clopton, health writer for WebMD, discusses the benefits (and drawbacks) in using LSD to increase work performance. The article was reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH, a senior medical director at WebMD and senior medical correspondent for Medscape. Paul Austin believes there is a responsible way to take LSD, and […]

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