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Occasional Anxiety is Normal

A Brief Note on Anxiety “It’s the weight of the world / but it’s nothing at all” I had the pleasure of attending a Father John Misty concert a few weeks ago, a tour he was ...
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Take a Vacation for Mental Health

Science Says Take A Vacation Research can now back you up when you say you need a vacation. Mental health professionals say the change of pace and different scenery can have a posi...
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Climate Change Depression, Climate Grief & Climate Despair

The Rise of Climate Depression Every day seems to bring another news story about climate change. Floods, tornados, and wildfires race across our screens; reports on species extinct...
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Depressed or Anxious? Maybe It's Your Thyroid

Thyroid Conditions Can Mimic Mental Health Problems Have you been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a health professional? Are you taking prescription medication to ease symp...
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The Mental Health Epidemic Among College Students

Rising Anxiety in College Students Fueling Mental Health Problems College students are in the vortex of changing times and few certainties. So it’s no wonder mental health profes...
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SAD in the Summer: Other Forms of Seasonal Depression

SAD Can Occur in the Summer Too While many people bask in the beauty of summer’s long days, green leaves and colorful flowers, some who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, o...
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Urban Design Affects Mental Health

Landscape Influences Mental Health It’s important to be aware of, and responsible for, our individual mental health and do whatever we can to create positive relationships and fu...
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The Power of Doing Nothing

Getting Back in Balance by Doing Nothing Doing nothing is finally getting some respect. That’s because scientists and humanists examining our frenzied, technology obsessed societ...
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The Stress Epidemic: Tips to Reduce Work Stress

The Stress Epidemic at Work A new study of workers in the U.S. and United Kingdom came to the conclusion that we are in the grip of a “stress epidemic.” That’s because 94 per...
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The Vital Necessity of Coping Skills

Does this sound familiar? You, (or someone you know), are feeling anxious or depressed. It may have something to do with a job, with a relationship, even with social media. When we...
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The Mental Health Risks of Perfectionism

Perfectionism Can Cause Depression Many people shrug as they admit to being a perfectionist, as if it’s both an admirable character trait and a character flaw. That attitude is o...
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Avoiding Corrosive Behaviors in Relationships

What John Gottman’s Research Can Teach Us About Relationships No one wants to be in a bad relationship. We want our romantic partnerships to be emotionally healthy, mutually supp...
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Mindful Eating

Dieting Can Make You Fat For people who have tried every diet that’s grabbed national attention, lost a few pounds and often gained back a few extra, the perspective in the book ...
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How to Break Bad Habits

Breaking the Bad Habit Loop When something that seems pleasurable in the beginning begins to dominate a person’s life and interfere with their physical and mental health, the tem...
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Helping Teenage Girls with Anxiety

Anxiety Crisis Among Teen Girls Teenage girls are carrying more than their fair share of 21st Century angst. The reasons are complex and researchers continue to explore this anxiet...
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Helping a Loved One with Depression

Finding Ways to Help with Depression Depression in someone we love is difficult to observe and even more challenging to deal with. We have a tendency to want our husband, wife, mot...
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Ending Your Smartphone Addiction

Hung Up on Your Smartphone? If you’re worried about missing a text message on your cell phone or not knowing your friends’ minute-by-minute postings on Facebook or you reach fo...
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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Have you tried therapy with limited or no lasting results and still can’t get the monkey off your back? Sometimes talking isn’t enough. If this has been your experience or you ...
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Clutter is Stressful

Decluttering Can Reduce Stress Research is finding that clutter is more than just pile of mail unopened, laundry unfolded, or “precious” trinkets gathering dust on shelves arou...
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Mindful Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion Is Good for Mental Health Self-compassion simply means treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you offer to a beloved family member, a friend or ...
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What I Learned from Decluttering My Home

Clutter, Clutter, Everywhere The piles were everywhere. Magazines, mail, school papers, kids' artwork, books- there wasn't a level surface anywhere in our house that didn't have "s...
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Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment

How Light Therapy Can Help SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) In the cold, dark months of winter many of us feel a little sluggish and a little blue. The change in sunlight certainl...
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The Growing Problem of Insomnia

Growing Recognition of the Problem of Insomnia “Insomnia is increasingly being recognized as an important condition that is detrimental to health,” according to Dieter Riemann,...
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Connecting with Nature Helps Develop Mindfulness

Research on mindfulness continues to expand, with studies around the world finding that this ability to be in the moment, without judgement, improves psychological well-being. Now ...
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The Power of Paying Attention

Several days ago, I was having lunch at a Wegman’s when suddenly a woman came rushing by the table where I was sitting and went through a door with a large bright red sign that r...
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Revising Your Attachment Style To Balance Your Work and Personal Life

Attachment Style Determined by Early Relationships Emotional security and our ability to love are shaped by our earliest intimate relationships, most substantially by interactions ...
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Erectile Dysfunction and Psychotherapy

Erectile Dysfunction is Common In recent decades the topic of occasional erectile failure has come “out of the shadows” and instead of being considered something shameful and s...
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Expressing Gratitude Makes Us Happier

Scientists Show Gratitude Improves Our Lives A neuroscientist at Northeastern University in Boston says scientific evidence proves feeling thankful and expressing gratitude improve...
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Neuroscience Is Learning From Mindfulness Meditation

Neuroscience Can Gain Essential Wisdom from Meditation Molecular biologist Matthieu Ricard believes the habit of “rumination,” or dwelling on one idea, especially a negative th...
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Accessing Childhood Memories to Renew Joy in Daily Life

Healing Power of Childhood Memories Children have an innocent and direct connection to the essential joy of life. Even when you see tired or irritable adults dragging through a gro...
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Using Anxiety as a Motivator

How to Make Anxiety Work for You When you go on a job interview, attend an event with lots of new people, or just have too many obligations with family or work without enough time ...
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How to Confront the Intrusive Thoughts of OCD

The Emotional Distress of OCD The intrusive and overwhelming thoughts that come with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, can feel like a “tsunami of emotional distress.” Tha...
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How to Balance the 3 Major Relationships in Life

Integrating Our Lives: Work, Self and Relationships In our 24/7 society, staying busy with work, family, relationships, home and community to the point of exhaustion is often viewe...
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Finding the Right Therapist

Finding the Therapist Who is a Best Match for You The three most important things to consider when choosing a therapist are trust, comfort level and professional qualifications. Ev...
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Mindfulness Can Change Brain Patterns of Depression

Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, at Harvard Medical School shows that for some people with depression, the brain patterns that occur with mindfulness meditation c...
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Digital Device Use Linked to ADHD in Teens

Frequent Use of Digital Devices Linked to ADHD in Teens A new study has found that teenagers who spend a lot of time on digital devices like smartphones checking social media and t...
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How #MeToo is Affecting Men

Men are Increasingly on Edge The #MeToo movement has brought hundreds, even thousands, of complaints about sexual harassment and assault to the surface, most obviously about famous...
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How Meditation Can Help Us Let Go of “Perfection”

“There is something wonderfully bold and liberating about saying Yes to our entire imperfect and messy life.” Tara Brach Letting Go of Perfection with Mindfulness There is a st...
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Developing Insight Through Mindfulness Meditation

Insight Meditation One of characteristics of mindfulness meditation that makes it different from other forms of meditation is insight. Sometimes called Vipassana or insight meditat...
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Help Prevent Youth Suicide

Some Reasons for Teen Suicide Still a Mystery After several teen suicides in Palo Alto, California, the heart of Silicon Valley, where most young people have good schools, nice hom...
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