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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

Want more information?  Click here 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…

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September 28, 2018

Suicide: How You Can Make a Difference

  What are your thoughts about the following NIMH article on suicide prevention? “June 11, 2018 • Science Update The recent deaths of high-profile public figures and a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on rising suicide rates have brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. It’s important to know some facts and to know what…

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September 26, 2018

Grief and mourning gone awry: pathway and course of complicated grief

    Share your thoughts on the following NCBI article: “M. Katherine Shear, MD* Author information ► Copyright and License information ▼ Disclaimer Copyright : © 2012 LLS This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly…

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September 25, 2018

Therapy Reduces Risk in Suicidal Youth

                  Please let us know your thoughts on some of the most recent NIMH findings in the below article: “Preventing suicide has proven to be a difficult public health challenge. The suicide rate has climbed in recent years across age groups. In adolescents, suicide is the second…

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April 2, 2018

Hubs Help Native American Communities Address Youth Suicide

Three NIMH-funded collaborative research hubs are exploring the factors behind the high suicide rates among American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) youth and designing and testing approaches to preventing suicide. In each hub, research centers and tribal or urban AI/AN leaders and organizations are working together to provide information on which to base effective, community-based,…

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December 20, 2016

Circumstances are not Predictive of Happiness

Many of us fall into the trap of being emotional slaves to our circumstances.  The truth is that circumstances have very little to do with our happiness, satisfaction, and joy. It is suggested that happiness is much more of a choice than a consequence of one’s good fortune. Circumstances are defined as: “condition, detail, part,…

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