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The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 is the Real Pandemic
  ·  2020-11-28

Fear, anger, stress and anxiety are just a few of the harrowing emotions that flooded the public back in March when we truly understood the severity of the Covid crisis. Many worked hard to turn these lemons into lemonade as they optimistically waited for this to pass us by in the following months. Now, nearing the end of the year, the virus seems to be nowhere near a place of improvement, continuing to encourage social distancing and isolation techniques to slow the spread. The techniques used to slow the spread of the contagious COVID- 19 virus, however, are spreading another invisible pandemic, a drastic decline in mental health.

A common misconception is that mental health and mental illness are the same thing. The fact of the matter is, that while not everyone has a menta ...

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Talk Therapy is the Key to Strengthening Dysfunctional Families
  ·  2020-12-16

Everyone has mental health just life physical health. Therefore, mental health can dip on occasion just like we can catch a cold or a flu physically. Just as everyone is capable of developing a chronic illness, the same is true for mental illnesses as well.

When one of the two parties in a couple is struggling with a mental illness, it can create friction and cracks within the foundation of the relationship. Seeking professional talk therapy and couples counseling can help fill these cracks that have formed and help prevent new cracks from emerging. Not only will this create a space to have an open dialogue, partner to partner, about the effects of the mental health struggles that are impacting the relationship, but it also allows for the observance and input of an unbiased in ...

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How EMDR is The Key to Treating Trauma
  ·  2020-12-18

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. At first glance this may seem like an unorthodox approach to mental health treatments, however, many studies show positive results from this form of treatment. To put it simply, during EMDR therapy, a patient relives traumatic memories in small doses while a therapist directs their eye movements. The brain does not process traumatic memories the same way it processes all other memories. These traumatic events are integrated into the brain in a splintered manner.

EMDR is believed to be so beneficial because reliving a traumatic event is supposedly easier to do when your attention is constantly being redirected. This distraction also leads to incomplete retrieval of the full traumatic memory. The traumatic memory is ...

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How Mindfulness and Gratitude are Combating Depression and Anxiety
  ·  2020-12-20

In today’s society, there is a lot of casual talk about depression and anxiety. Many flippant jokes are made in the media about these difficult emotions and mental illnesses, which can lead to a lack of understanding about how these struggles truly affect one’s day to day life.

Depressive and anxiety disorders are much more than simply feeling sad or nervous. These struggles penetrate someone’s life much deeper than a normal emotional fluctuation. Someone with depression cannot find joy in anything in their lives and may find it nearly impossible to get themselves out of bed, or to shower, or cook themselves meals. Someone with anxiety will negatively spiral and panic at the sheer thought of doing something wrong or needing to do a simple errand lik ...

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The Growing Prevalence and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders
  ·  2020-12-20

There is ever growing evidence that substance abuse disorders are an increasing struggle for many among us in today’s society. There are many factors that contribute to one’s ability to develop a substance abuse problem. These factors range from genetic, to underlying mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety, PTSD, and even an attention deficit disorder, among others. It has also been observed that there are growing numbers of depressed or anxious emotions among many individuals, specifically teens and young adults.

Positively, our society is always growing, evolving and changing for the better. Technology improves along with medical science and medical treatments. However, with these positive improvements come negative outward effects. These result in easier ...

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Employee Assistance Programs - What is an EAP and How Can It Be Used?
  ·  2021-01-08

It is no secret that the past year has been difficult for most of those out there within their finances, careers, and personal lives. Many people are struggling to adapt to new forms of work such as remote work from home, sharing office spaces with those they live with, along with balancing work and home schooling their children. These transitions for many companies and their employees have been less than easy. Offering employee’s an employee assistance program that they can utilize during these tumultuous times can provide workers the support they need to continue to perform their job duties efficiently as well as maintain balance with in their mental and physical health which is more important now than ever.

Many employees find reasons not to utilize their company&rsqu ...

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The Mind - Body Connection - Why Biofeedback is Important
  ·  2021-01-11

Research and discussions around the mind body connection are growing in popularity everyday. Mental health and physical health are completely intertwined and when one is off balance the other follows suit. When someone is struggling with a mental health, figuring out what their physical body needs is incredibly important.

What is BioFeedback?

BioFeedback, boiled down is the process with which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the sole purpose of improving mental, physical, and emotional health. Similar to physical therapy, BioFeedback requires physical participation and regular practice. Biofeedback helps patients learn to control what were previously believed to be involuntarily and uncontrollable processes.

There are se ...

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Battling Your Inner Critic - Self Compassion Leads To Self Love
  ·  2021-01-21

Many of us have heard someone say, “we are our own worst critic.” While this phrase is repeated in our society until it feels as though it loses meaning, it still rings true. That little voice that resides in the darkest corners of our minds exists within all of us. No one is immune to this aspect of the human condition. However, the difference between people who seem to not have this voice at all versus those who are ruled by it is self compassion.

We live in a society that defines self worth by productivity and perfectionism despite the fact that human beings are not infallible. Mistakes are a natural part of life despite the high standards society has set. When that little voice pipes up telling you that you fell short, you should have done better, you suck, and ...

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Social Anxiety and Social Phobia - You Might Not Be “Just A Little Shy”
  ·  2021-01-28

We hear the terms anxiety and social anxiety thrown around a lot these days. People more commonly refer to their anxiety head on through phrases such as “that activity gave me anxiety” or “I was feeling really anxious last week.” Many people also may hear form others “you’re so quiet!” or even, “you’re just really shy. You need to come out of your shell.” While everyone has anxiety and can feel their own personal level of shyness, it can be difficult to figure out when your specific anxiety levels tip over into the danger zone.

There are a few different types of anxiety disorders someone can struggle with. One of the more common anxiety disorders is GAD or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This disorder is shown through w ...

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Anger And Effective Ways To Manage It
  ·  2021-02-01

We all have those moments where we’re seeing red.  Maybe it’s because our partner said something rude, or perhaps it was someone that cut us off in traffic.  Whatever the cause, anger is totally normal, common emotion.  However, managing it can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are someone who is angry a lot.  So, allow us to lend you a helping hand by helping you get an in-depth understanding of anger and how to best manage it for your own health and safety, as well as those around you.

Understand that anger is a valid emotion

            First and foremost, let’s get something out there right away: your anger matters.  Your emotional reaction i ...

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The Collaboration Between Mental Health and Black History Month
  ·  2021-02-01

First thing is first.  Many people have made it their mission to work, every single day of their lives, to improve the lives of those people considered minorities -- such as African Americans.  However, despite the dedicated work of these people, marginalization still happens, and it has led to the creation, and celebration, of Black History Month. 

The importance of Black History month

            There are so many reasons why Black History month is important.  For our purposes, we’re going to keep it focused on how it refers to today’s African American youth and adults.  A lot of it has to do with mental health and even safety.  Black History month...

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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 101
  ·  2021-02-06

There are a lot of conditions out there that impact both children and adults alike.  One of the popular ones, becoming more and more prominent with each year, is ADHD.  This is admittedly a very complex brain and behaviour condition and there is no known cure for it.  However, as more information becomes known, treatments and therapies are also becoming more widespread and common.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder that causes those who live with it to struggle with focus, concentration, and other “normal” day to day activities.  This impacts both the brain as well as behaviours, but everyone's a little different as far as what they struggle with and why.


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Top Tips for Celebrating Valentine’s Day
  ·  2021-02-14

There is a lot of pressure around Valentine’s Day.  Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, there is just a lot of pressure around celebrating the holiday “right”.  There is some sort of myth that couples have to be romantic and smitten on this special February day, and that those who are single, regardless of the reason, have to be miserable and embarrassed as everyone else around them celebrates. But, is that really what it’s about?

The truth about Valentine’s Day

            There are so many fantastic ways that you can celebrate this holiday, regardless of your relationship status.  In fact, it can be one of the best things that you can ...

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The Importance of Acts of Kindness for Mental Health
  ·  2021-02-18

            Every single one of us has the power to make someone else’s day better just by doing one single thing: an act of kindness.  While many of us see it as “paying it forward” in the coffee line-up, or perhaps helping a stranger load groceries into their car, there are many versions and examples of acts of kindness available every single day.  And studies show that all of them do great things for our mental health -- on both sides.

How do acts of kindness connect with our mental health?

            Many of us have done an act of kindness at some point in our lives.  Perhaps it was shoveling out a neighb ...

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Teen Dating Violence - What Everyone Should Know
  ·  2021-02-26

Teens dating is a complicated issue for a lot of reasons.  From the point of view of parents, seeing their teen entering the dating world is difficult due to the need to let them go and experience a new chapter in their life where parents are often kept firmly out of the relationship.  From the point of view of teens, learning how to act and be a part of the dating world can also take some finesse, not to mention the social pressures that it often brings.  One of the things that no parent or teen wants to deal with?  Teen dating violence.  Yet, it happens, and it happens a lot.

What is teen dating violence?

            This is just like any other kind of violence.  I ...

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The Self-Esteem Levels
  ·  2021-02-26

From children to senior citizens, self-esteem levels can fluctuate depending on situations, conditions, and needs.  Children and teens are especially prone to low self-esteem, but adults and seniors are certainly not immune to it, either. 

What is self-esteem?

            While the term is thrown around a lot, not many people understand just what self-esteem is.  This is the term used to describe just what your overall opinion of yourself is.  How you feel about yourself and your potential as an individual, outside of what those around you may think of feel.  There are many things can influence self-esteem.

What are the kinds of self-esteem?


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The Truth About Eating Disorders
  ·  2021-02-26

Eating disorders are much more common today than they were 15 years ago.  While they have been happening for years and years under the radar, both the undiagnosed and diagnosed numbers have skyrocketed in the most recent years.  Understanding this as the issue that it is, means recognizing it and treating it as an important crisis.

What is an eating disorder?

            An eating disorder is the term used to describe when someone has an unhealthy relationship with food or eating habits that directly impacts their physical, mental, and emotional health.  Most often disorders come from the need to control something in their life that, otherwise, feels out of control. 

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How Can I Seek Out Therapy Near Me? - Finding Mental Health Treatment in Wilmington NC
  ·  2021-03-01

The past year has been incredibly difficult for almost every person fighting their way through these uncontrollable and unpredictable times. Mental Health has been on a widespread decline. Those who already struggle with their mental health have felt it take a dip and people who have never struggled with their mental health are struggling for the first time. Deciding to seek out mental health treatment is an incredible feat on its own, but many people fall short when it comes to actually finding the treatment that they have finally decided to pursue. The thought, how do I find counseling near me, crosses many minds.

Finding a counselor in Wilmington NC or a therapist in Wilmington NC is no harder than finding treatment elsewhere. Thankfully, there are many counseling, ...

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Brain Injuries And Daily Life
  ·  2021-03-03

Many of us have had broken bones, or perhaps an issue with something like appendicitis at some point in their lives.  Hower, one injury that many do not think about when going through the list of common injuries is a brain injury.  Many of us may accidentally hit our heads on something, and get a concussion, which they recover from.  However, a brain injury is much more common than people would like to think!

What actually is a brain injury?

            In the case of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, this is a physical injury to the brain that changes the brain’s activity and function.  Whether the damage or injury itself can be seen, or it’s more related to the n ...

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The Power Of Women
  ·  2021-03-05

Women make up arguably half the population in most societies.  They do all of the same things that men do: go to school, raise a family, work in the community.  However, despite these culture-based equalities, many women still find themselves on the lower rungs of the ladder when it comes to leadership roles.  On a day such as Women’s Day, this leads many to think about why that is, and what it could mean for the future.

The role of Women’s Day

            International Women’s Day is a specific day of the year where the world turns its attention to women’s rights and how they compare to a man’s rights.  This is true in the case of actual rights, ...

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The Stigma Of Epilepsy
  ·  2021-03-08

Unless you know someone with this neurological disorder, most people are unfamiliar with epilepsy other than just being a condition that some people have.  Since it is not talked about much in common social circles, this creates a stigma that it is “not a big deal”, or that it is something “weird” that “other people” have.  However, epilepsy is common and impacts over 50 million people worldwide.

Why does stigma exist with epilepsy?

            The reason for the stigma itself is familiar to anyone who lives with any kind of mental illness, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and so-on.  The main causes include:

  • Superst ...

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Self Harm Awareness
  ·  2021-03-12

The world gets overwhelming for all of us from time to time.  This leads to darkness and struggle.  Most of us can recover from those and continue on.  However, there are others who are not able to pull themselves up and struggle with serious bouts of depression.  This can often lead to self-harm.  While often dismissed as a signal for attention or “drama” self-harm is actually an important indicator to mental health status and should be taken seriously each time.

The world gets overwhelming for all of us from time to time.  This leads to darkness and struggle.  Most of us can recover from those and continue on.  However, there are others who are not able to pull themselves up and struggle with serious bouts of depression.&nb ...

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Racism And Discrimination - The Connection To Mental Illness
  ·  2021-03-19

Everyone is familiar with racism on one level or another.  With more and more calls for change with minority communities, there are many who are looking to understand racism from a place of compassion and general interest in changing how things work.  Worldwide, there is a strong link between racism and mental illness.  Addressing it, and changing how things work, is a starting point to getting to the point where there is, ideally, zero discrimination.

What does the connection between racism and mental health look like?

            According to the studies done specifically with a focus on discrimination and mental illness, the connection between the two has a few forms it can take.  Including ...

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Tobacco-Free Children and Teens
  ·  2021-03-26

Despite the fact that it is no longer a societal norm, there are still many people out there who regularly smoke tobacco.  From one cigarette a day to more than one pack a day, smoking is common in adults, but also in teenagers and even younger.  Most can agree that tobacco is not a good habit for children or teens to get into for many physiological health-related reasons.  However, there’s also more and more content out there that says staying tobacco-free is also important for mental health.

The connection between mental health and tobacco use

            Statistically speaking, over 44% of all of cigarette use is connected to those who have declared themselves as having a mental illness.&n ...

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Nutrition and Mental Health
  ·  2021-04-02

Mental health is front of mind these days, but just because we tend to focus on it, does not mean that we always know how best to attack it.  More and more research has been focused on the correlation between mental health and eating a controlled, nutritious diet.  This leaves many feeling as though nutrition is going to be the key to really taking a comprehensive approach to mental health.

Is there a connection between nutritional and mental health?

            In a word, yes.  Research shows that mental health crises and long-term struggles for dealing with common mental health issues, can be connected to diet.  Here is what the research suggests so far:

  • Highly proc ...

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Bipolar Disorder - What Science Has To Say
  ·  2021-04-09

Despite bipolar disorder being increasingly popular in many young adults and full adults, there is not a whole lot of advanced study in understanding where it comes from, how it impacts patients, and what can be done about it.  For this reason, it is important to take it apart and take note of just what we do understand.  This leads experts to understand what must still be learned from further study.

What bipolar disorder signifies

            Detailed study on the science of bipolar disorder in patients shows that research and a full comprehension of this mental disorder is far from guaranteed.  The most recent study shows that bipolar disorder is thought to be part of a complex, multi-faceted bio ...

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Stress: What Is the “Best” Way to Deal With It?
  ·  2021-04-16

No matter what the niche or what definition may mean, everyone defines “best” to mean something different from those around them.  While it can often open up debates and arguments to its use, reality is that individuality of “best” is precisely why this is the best word to use when looking at dealing with something as common as stress.  Proper management and long-term success is based on each person’s needs.

Where does mindfulness come in?

At its most basic, mindfulness is the art of being aware of oneself wherever they are.  It is acknowledging how you feel in a present situation and simply coming to terms with it.  Used widely across mental health, therapeutic mindfulness is thought to help each person get in tune w ...

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Alcoholism: Therapy and the role of the self
  ·  2021-04-23

Alcohol and problem drinkers are common in our day and age, though there are still not many treatments available outside of counselling-based programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  As more research comes out, though, there is hope on the horizon for problem drinkers and therapies for dealing effectively with their want for change.

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Alcohol and problem drinkers are common in our day and age, though there are still not many treatments available outside of counselling-based programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  As more research comes out, though, there is hope on the horizon for problem drinkers and therapies for dealing effe ...

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The Reality Of Sexual Assault
  ·  2021-04-25

From college campuses to workplaces, to general communities, sexual assault is a common theme that is everywhere around the globe.  It is a common theme in TV shows, books, and even music these days.  There is no denying that it happens a lot and in many forms, but why are there not more people talking about it or seeking help?  It comes down to the reality that secual assault is minimized.

What does minimized mean relating to sexual assault?

This is a term that means an assault or an attack of a sexual nature is believed/perceived to be less “traumatic” (and therefore, relevant and important) than the reality of it.  Regardless of the situation, sexual assault should always been seen as important and relevant and trau ...

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Living as a Minority
  ·  2021-05-01

Living as a White person or as a minority, including as a African American, holds unique advantages and challenges, respectively.  While this is something that many easily agree to, understanding how prominent and intrusive those realities are, is another matter.  Many in the White category, for instance, downplay the challenges and injustices that exist in minority communities.

Life as a minority group is laded with challenge and struggle that White people do not often even consider.  There is true danger waiting in the life of those within minority groups, and it can be seen in both testing gaps, as well as through sexual assault and mental health.

What is the testing gap?

This is an empirical gap that shows up in research, ...

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Counseling And Its Roots
  ·  2021-05-05

There is much to be said about the relationship between a counselor and a patient.  While it has long been acknowledged and understood that the proper working relationship, complete with trust, is important for effectiveness in the counseling outcome itself, there has not been much study in what all of those factors really are.  To help better professional relationships and the role, and importance of counseling, studies are underway to change that for the better. 

What factors play into the effectiveness of counseling?

Generally, women preferred having a counselor with a more thought and emotional focus.  Men preferred an action-based approach.  However, research suggests that the overall effectiveness of counseling, ignoring gender, is impa ...

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Autism Awareness and Acceptance
  ·  2021-05-08

While the world is supposedly much more forward thinking and “inclusive”, there is still a large divide within the society, particularly when focusing on the contrast between those who deal with autistic, or neurodivergent, individuals, and those who do not.  Awareness and acceptance of autistic people are not as “normal” as one might think, leading to studies specifically into the understanding of autism on a larger scale.

Perspective is everything

Within the study, two groups were interviewed and assessed.  One group were those who had connections to autism, be it through their own diagnosis or through that of a friend or loved one.  The second group had no stated connection to the world of autism.  This ...

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Mother's Day: A Reminder For Mindfulness
  ·  2021-05-09

Celebrating Mother’s Day is seen as a positive event for many.  Whether in classic family situations, or a different form of family, this is an important holiday when looking at celebrating the woman responsible for taking charge of each family.  However, it is also an opportunity to help put mindfulness into celebrations, however they take place.

Maternal figures are not always “blood”

Firstly, mother’s day puts a lot of pressure and assumption on the actual form of mothers.  For some, as mentioned, it is the actual mother figure of a family network  But just as many have maternal figures that are not their actual mother.  Some find stepmothers, grandmothers, or aunts to be more maternal.  Or, pe ...

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Child Abuse And Its Role In The Development Of Children
  ·  2021-05-12

The topic of child abuse and how children are directly impacted by it has long been studied, but not much has gone specifically into resiliency and how it can interfere with development at certain stages of life.  Resilience is a common outcome of surviving abuse, but it takes on different forms at different ages, and those same ages also bring difficulties depending on when intervention occurred with the abuse, specifically. 

The main stages of childhood
As far as the role of abuse and how a child’s development is impacted, childhood has been split into three sections, and these have been matched with characteristics in those sectors: early childhood, middle childhood and adolescent childhood.  Each stage of childhood, and treatment needs, revealed ...

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Youth Violence Prevention - Understanding The Causes
  ·  2021-05-15

There is nothing more horrific than a school shooting.  Sure to bring masses to the streets and walk-outs demanding change, it is a tragic and sickening repeated event that happens every year to unlucky communities.  In the aftermath, there are calls for change and the need for youth violence prevention. But, what does this actually mean?

What are the causes of youth violence?

There are many noted and researched causes of youth violence, including the most commonly discussed elements: mental health, desensitization through the media, access to guns, and social exclusion.  These are all factors influencing youth violence, without question, but there are also other important factors to consider when looking at youth violence with a bigge ...

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The Stigma Of Mental Health
  ·  2021-05-19

            Across age groups, genders, and socioeconomic statuses, there is one common thread when it comes to stigma: mental health.  Often seen as being less important than physical health, mental health and its stigma has long been part of the discussion around the entire field.  Interestingly, it impacts both sides of the equation: patients and practitioners.

What is the stigma of mental health for patients?

  • Mental health concerns and conditions are underreported: Due to the shame and misunderstanding the true importance of mental health support, many concerns and conditions will go underreported and underdiagnosed, creating a challenged quality of life for those who requir ...

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The Role Nurses Play In Mental Health
  ·  2021-05-22

            Within the medical system, everyone has several roles to fill.  One of the most underrated, but essential members of those medical teams is that of a nurse.  When it comes to mental health, this is especially so.  Understanding their many roles, and their importance to the mental health system, is critical to making the most out of all of it.

What is the role of a nurse with mental health services?

            Pulled from admission data and interviews with nurses, the main role of nurses when it comes to mental health services, is ensuring that patients have access to mental health services.  This comes mainly ...

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Mental Health And Children
  ·  2021-05-26

            Children take up a lot of resources, all of which are required to ensure proper development.  Often overlooked in favor of services such as education development and physical development, mental health services are a critical factor in the proper, healthy development of children, though many do not optimize it as such. 

The problem with children’s mental health services

            While there are mental health services designed specifically for children, they are often underfunded and not implemented.  Many children considered to be “disturbed” and/or in need of any kind of mental health treatment are more likely ...

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Memorial Day
  ·  2021-05-31

Memorial Day

            A solemn, but critically important holiday is Memorial Day.  A designated time at which many pay their respects for all those who served in the military, especially those who gave their lives in the line of duty, this is marked across the country, and beyond.  There is a lot of potential hidden in this special, sacred day, but many are not aware of it. 

What potential is available with Memorial Day?

            Memorial Day is a holiday dedicated to honoring, in particular, those who lost their lives in serving their country.  Honoring those from all conflicts and wars, a ...

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Traveling and Mental Health
  ·  2021-06-01

            There are many who see traveling as one of the best things that you can do when it comes to emphasizing mental health.  This is certainly the case for many, but it can also be a potential trigger for those with mental health conditions and disorders.  Understanding the connection between one and the other is helpful in making sure that it stays as positive as possible when the time comes to pack the bags.

The positives of mental health and travel

  • Promotes relaxation and mental clarity: Being away from normal, everyday life and its stresses, can help promote clarity and relaxation that just is not possible in normal living situations.  It is a tr ...

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Meditation and Mental Health
  ·  2021-06-03

            Those who follow mental health are aware of the connection between it and “alternative” practices, such as meditation and chanting.  However, very few understand the connection itself.  Fewer, still, believe that there is a documented relationship between meditation and mental health, outside of those who live an alternative lifestyle.

What is the empirical connection between meditation and mental health?

            Many assume that meditation is about “mind over matter” and you must simply ignore your stresses and worry while you turn your attention inward.  While meditation is about turnin ...

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Quality Time with Family and Friends
  ·  2021-06-05

             The role of family is a popular topic of study in mental health, but often from the point of view of how family and genetics influence mental health disorders and conditions.  There is another important element to consider when it comes to mental health treatment: the importance of quality time with loved ones, and its role in mental health treatment.

How do family connections factor into mental health?

            The role of family and friends can fall, interestingly, into two categories when it comes to the importance of time spent: helpful and hindering connections for those dealing with mental health conditions.

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LGBTQ Pride: The COVID Edition
  ·  2021-06-08

            While most will agree that the LGBTQ+ community is a popular target for discrimination, not many understand just what this looks like.  With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this discrimination has become abundantly clear through the inequity in healthcare, specific to the LGBTQ+ community.

What does the COVID-19 pandemic look like for the LGBTQ+ community?

            As a whole, this community already struggles with issues such as poverty and as extreme psychological stress.  The risks and the discrimination of the pandemic for this marginalized community take on many forms.  Some of the main ones i ...

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The Bias In Men’s Mental Health - Part I
  ·  2021-06-11

            Most existing studies and general interest content focus on identifying symptoms and treatment for the general population.  However, both of those things are biased towards a gender neutral or a female society.  Very little research exists for mental health and its symptoms as well as treatment specific to men.  This leads to many problems when it comes to men’s mental health.

What bias exists for men’s mental health?

            There are two main biases for mental health and its prominence in our modern society.  Both of these contribute to men having difficulty seeking help when needed.  The ...

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PTSD And Its Relation to Functional Health Outcomes Part I
  ·  2021-06-15

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            There is no secret around the fact that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a problem in many adults.  Whether it be caused by emergency services careers, serving in the military, or any other high-stress situation, it impacts many adults on a day to day basis.  While this is known through general and research communities, there is not much study on its relation to functional health outcomes.

An understanding of PTSD

            There are many triggers to PTSD.  For the purposes of study to bring in as much data as possible from those who struggle with it, the causes were stated as being expo ...

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Alzheimer's And Brain Awareness
  ·  2021-06-18

            Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is impacting more and more every single day.  This means that there is also a call for more research and more understanding of how it starts and progresses in order to help those impacted by it.  One of the most interesting areas of study is the concept of brain awareness and how this corresponds to a greater understanding of general brain awareness.

What is brain awareness generally?

            On a general level, brain awareness is an appreciation of, and focus on, brain science and how it is important to make it a priority in order to help enhance treatments  for many mental condit ...

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Father's Day: A Day for Mental Health Awareness
  ·  2021-06-20

            As Father’s day approaches, it leads to many searching for how to help their father figures celebrate with the proper combination of respect and actual enjoyment.  Whether celebrating stepfathers, biological fathers, grandfathers, uncles, etc, taking time aside to understand what fathers really want can be a huge support in making it a positive day in all of the ways that matter most.

The best celebration is an honest one

            When celebrating Fathers Day, there is a tendency to make everything positive and happy and all about honoring the father in question, that it becomes false.  A Father’s Day cele ...

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Yoga And Mental Health
  ·  2021-06-25

            You have probably seen a lot of research out there about yoga and how it is seen as being magical for mental health.  Does science line up with that claim, though?  What is the actual connection between it, and how is it best understood as far as mental health treatment in children and adults, alike?

The science behind yoga

            There will be endless articles that explain how yoga helps you relax and enjoy life more, but how does that actually happen?  Yoga is a meeting of your mind and your body.  The entire focus of yoga, when done correctly, is to focus on your body moving through the stretches and pa ...

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PTSD and Long-Term Health Outcomes - Part II
  ·  2021-06-29

            Within the field of study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a connection exists between it and long-term health.  There is a connection between it and functional health outcomes, but how exactly those health incomes are impacted needs more research and study.  Below, is what science has connected so far in those suffering from PTSD.

Physical health implications

            PTSD is as much a concern to the physical body as it is to mental and health support.  Some of the recorded interruptions to health, especially long-term, included:

  • Cardiovascular weaknesses: The heart ca ...

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The Bias In Men’s Mental Health - Part II
  ·  2021-07-02

            With there being a bias in mental health, specifically to recognizing women in crisis more-so than men, interest turns to the concept of how to address that for the right kinds of results in both diagnosing and offering treatment for men.

An understanding of its roots

            Men struggle with mental health for many of the same reasons than women do.  Some of the leaders, particularly with common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, include:

  • Genetics: Just like any other physical illness or predisposition, men can be as predisposed to depression, anxiety, psychosis, a ...

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Independence And Freedom
  ·  2021-07-04

Any nation has flaws.  All do, in fact.  The American dream is based on the idea of being free and independent, and it is the goal that all strive to enjoy in this nation.  This is a lofty goal, but an important one.  As July 4th draws nearer, there is no better time to understand that than on Independence Day.

What is the true value of independence and freedom?

When it comes to the concept of both of these values, the focus is one the same main theme from one to the other: safety.  When a nation is free, and its citizens are both independent and free, everyone is safe to be who they are.  There is no need to hide one’s true personality or to pretend to be something they are not.

Those who are fortunate e ...

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The Power Of Kissing
  ·  2020-07-06

Kissing is often implied as something that only romantic couples do.  However, kissing actually appears in all sorts of relationships, and in many different forms.  There is serious power in a simple kiss, from one kind of relationship to another.

Kissing across relationships

Of course, there are multiple kinds of kissing across relationships.  The most common one in teens, adolescents and adults, is romantic kissing.  There are also other kinds, though that perceive kissing as a sign of affection.  For example, between siblings, parents and children, and friendships.  Romantic and affectionate kissing both have an important power, and a potential to them, as seen below.

The significance of kissing

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Mental Health and its Association with the Recovery Model
  ·  2021-07-12

            In many situations, there have always been two approaches to health.  Physical and mental.  This also means that the approach to each is unique and that they can not be mixed together -- or so many thought.  Recent study into the potential for the medical recovery model for mental health may lead to other conclusions, however.

What is the medical recovery model?

            The medical recovery model is essentially what you see with someone who is physically ill.  Through a series of diagnostics, a patient is diagnosed with an illness and then given certain tasks and medications to help them recover.  This ...

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Emojis and their Connection to How We Communicate Emotions Digitally
  ·  2021-07-16

From smartphones to time on Facebook and other social feeds, and so on, emojis are just part of the language when it comes to proper digital language.  Despite their popularity, however, many come from a different perspective in using emojis properly.  Some even dislike them to the point where they will not use them.  So, do emojis impact communication?  Do they add to, or take away from, communication methods?

What does emoji actually mean?

While many use the term “emoji”, very few actually know the roots of it.  This is a Japanese term, which is where emojis actually came from, originally.  “E” means picture, “mo” means writing, and “ji” means letter or character.  A ...

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The Magical Power of Ice Cream
  ·  2021-07-19

To most of us, ice cream is a treat.  Perhaps it is a reward after a long day, or maybe as a special treat when the temperatures climb high.  Besides being a tasty treat that we have as a guilty pleasure, though, there is a connection between ice cream and mental health that is starting to get some traction. 

The reported power of ice cream

From vanilla to chocolate, and sprinkled or cherried, there are studies reporting that having ice cream as a breakfast food can have a positive impact both on your outlook as well as the actual day waiting for you, regardless of your age or what you are working on.  In a Japanese study, participants were given ice cream first thing in the morning and studied over time to see if it had a statist ...

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Mental Health in Minority Groups in America
  ·  2021-07-23

Just like treatment for physical health conditions, access to mental health services is important to help everyone enjoy an overall quality of life through access to proper treatment.  However, as with many other issues in our society, those in minority groups often do not receive the same access to those services.  Or, they are not as effective as they could be.

Is mental health treatment fair within minority groups?

For the average person White person, accessing mental health treatment is simply about finding the right channel to get to it, and receiving the treatment until reaching the point where they feel they can leave the program.

However, finding the right match between patient and service, and then successful completion o ...

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Fruit and Healthy Diet: Does it Make the Difference in Mental Health?
  ·  2021-07-26

We all know that eating our fruits and vegetables is going to be important for our health.  But is there a connection between our mental and emotional health?  Researchers and experts are looking carefully into just that question, both in children and adults, to see if diet could be more related to mental health than previously thought.

What is the connection between mental health and fruits and vegetable content?

With the prominence of childhood obesity and poor diets, many researchers are already studying the connection between diet and health.  As fast food becomes more common, there is also now a growing rate of children who are dealing with mental health issues, too.  Researchers have, as a result, started taking a look at ju ...

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Mental Health Benefits of a Picnic Day
  ·  2021-07-30

            The summer brings many opportunities for adventuring.  Children, adolescents and adults are all more likely to spend time outside, leading to notable increases in fitness levels, and more.  However, many of the actual benefits of something fun and family-oriented like, say, a picnic day, often go unnoticed. 

What benefits wait in outdoor time?

            The benefits of time spent outdoors are marked in children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens.  This makes it one of the most effective and widespread choices for those at all parts of their life.

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Myths and Facts About How the Moon Affects Our Psychology and Biology
  ·  2021-08-04

            There is a lot of talk about the importance of understanding lunar cycles and respecting the moon itself as it applies to psychology and biology in our modern day.  Is it a legitimate thing, or just fiction?  Turns out, there is a little bit of both tied up in it.  Sorting out fact from fiction is helpful for everyone concerned!

The effect of the moon in biology

            The claim that the moon and its lunar phases can impact the body’s biology is FACT rather than a myth.  The basics of it all is that we are animals on the earth (like all the other species) and we are impacted by the moon and the natur ...

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The Importance of Boundaries in Mental Health
  ·  2021-08-11

            Mental health treatment is one of those complicated categories that everyone approaches a little differently.  When it comes to boundaries, this is one of the prime situations in which everyone takes a unique approach and it can mean a difference in how treatment is received as well as how effective each patient will find it.

What boundaries exist in mental health?

            There are several different types of boundaries in mental health.  The most important ones that directly impact a patient’s health and outlook include:

  • Between specialist and patient: A patient needs to unde ...

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How to Enforce Boundaries for Mental Health
  ·  2021-08-18

            Just the word “boundaries” can be interpreted many different ways, all of which imply that they need to be addressed differently.  This is half the truth.  In reality, boundaries play a huge role in mental health and are understood differently  However, the enforcement of those boundaries -- whatever they may turn out to be -- is standard. 

What does enforcement of boundaries look like?

            Interestingly, enforcement of boundaries often takes the form of a confrontation.  However, this is from the point of view of the person who is being “put in their place” rather than the one doin then enf ...

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The Role of Open Communication in Living With Mental Health Conditions
  ·  2021-08-23

            Arguably, there is more discussion today than there has been throughout history when it comes to mental health conditions.  However, there is still a gap between the communication offered, and that which is needed.  Open communication plays a key role in both diagnosis, and treatment, of mental health conditions.

The role of communication in diagnosis of mental health conditions

  • Discussion of symptoms: Symptoms vary from case to case.  If patients can explain the symptoms that are giving them the most problems, it allows for a better, more accurate diagnosis.  This pairs with the need for open communication in bringing up symptoms to specialists and profess ...

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How Open Communications Boosts Family/Relationship Bonds
  ·  2021-08-27

            Family is the root of life for most people, from toddlerhood all the way to being a senior citizen.  Yet despite this, family communication is often lacking.  This is a problem that continues to get worse as technology invades more of our home time and family time, leading to many specialists to start looking at how communication can actually strengthen family and relationship bonds.

The importance of communication

            Communication is more than just words.  It is how we connect with each other and find comfort, safety, and love.  Without proper communication, it is easy for children to get confused and for couples to d ...

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Labor Day
  ·  2021-09-06

The Labor Day weekend is upon us, and it means that many are flocking to celebrations of some kind and looking forward to spending the day together before the start of the upcoming academic year, and onset of autumn and winter.  But, what does it mean, in reality?  How is the best way to celebrate this long weekend intentionally and with purpose?

The root of Labor Day

            As many know, the entire history of Labor day is focused on the idea of celebrating the moment and taking time to celebrate the workers and their achievements in the economic world.  It is intended to be celebratory and in support for those who are in the workplace and world of commerce. 

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