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February 7, 2019

How Well Do You Handle Fear?

Quiz: How Well Do You Handle Fear At its best, fear is an instinctive, natural ability to help us survive. At its worst, it’s that nagging voice inside our heads that heralds doom and disaster even before we get started on something. Fear keeps us from taking risks that might enrich our life or holds…

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December 15, 2018

Personality Disorders and Violence: What s the Link?

Despite a well-documented association between personality disorders (PDs) and violence, the relationship between them is complicated by the high comorbidity of mental disorders, the heterogeneity of violence (particularly in regard to its motivation), and differing views regarding the way PDs are conceptualised and measured. In particular, it remains unclear whether there is a causal relationship…

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December 14, 2018

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do Each year, children experience violence and disaster and face other traumas. Young people are injured, they see others harmed by violence, they suffer sexual abuse, and they lose loved ones or witness other tragic and shocking events. Parents and caregivers can help…

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November 2, 2018

Inner Strength- Associated with Reduced Prevalence of Depression Among Older Women

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it is a major contributor to the global burden of disease (World Health Organization, 2012). It is known that late-life depressions are common, underdiagnosed, and inadequately treated (Alexopoulos, 2005; Djernes, 2006; Petersson et al., 2014). Depression can worsen the outcomes of many other medical illnesses and can increase mortality (Alexopoulos, 2005)…

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October 15, 2018

Self-Esteem Building Strategies and Techniques

Most people feel bad about themselves from time to time. Feelings of low self-esteem may be triggered by being treated poorly by someone else recently or in the past, or by a person’s own judgments of him or herself. This is normal. However, low self-esteem is a constant companion for too many people, especially those…

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October 9, 2018

Relaxation Techniques for Mental Health

How much do we know about relaxation techniques? A substantial amount of research has been done on relaxation techniques. However, for many health conditions, the number or size of the studies has been small, and some studies have been of poor quality. What do we know about the effectiveness of relaxation techniques? Relaxation techniques may be helpful in…

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October 8, 2018

Social Networking Sites, Depression, and Anxiety

Elizabeth M Seabrook, BPsych (Hons),  Margaret L Kern, PhD, and Nikki S Rickard, PhD Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia Center for Positive Psychology, Melbourne School of Graduate Education, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia Elizabeth M Seabrook, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University,…

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October 1, 2018

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Across the Lifespan

Preventing Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence is a Priority. IPV is a serious preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans and occurs across the lifespan.2-4 It can start as soon as people start dating or having intimate relationships, often in adolescence. IPV happens when individuals first begin dating, usually in their teen…

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September 30, 2018

Creativity and Mental Health

K. S. Pavitra, C. R. Chandrashekar, and Partha Choudhury Abstract Creativity and its link with mental health have always been much speculated about. However there have been a handful of methodologically sound studies to clearly establish the relationship between creativity and mental health. The objective of the study therefore was to examine the psychiatric morbidity stress profile, coping…

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September 29, 2018

How to Speak Your Partner’s Love Language

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman outlines five ways to express and experience love that Chapman refers to as “love languages” including: receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch. Examples are given from his counseling practice, as well as questions to help determine one’s own love languages. Chapman’s book claims that the list…

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