Mental Wellness

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Tips on Communicating Effectively With Your Doctor

  Communication is the most important part of any personal and professional relationship.  It’s especially important with your doctor.  No matter what kind of problems or symptoms you have, even if you think they’re weird or embarrassing, it’s critical that you are open and honest with your doctor.  If not, you run the risk…

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Brain Health and You

  Did you know that we all have a brain? It may not seem like it at times, but we all have one brain. The key word there is one just like we have only one back and one heart. We all focus really hard to improve the health of our heart and lungs…

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Postpartum Depression

  Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth.  Postpartum depression should not be confused with the fairly typical “baby blues” that many mothers feel after childbirth.  While most new mothers have mild feelings of worry or tiredness that typically go away within a week or two on their own,…

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Mental Health for Women

  According to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 29 million American women (23% of the female population) have experienced a diagnosable mental health-related disorder in the last year alone.  These are just the known instances.  Experts say that millions of other cases may go unreported, and therefore untreated….

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10 Tips to Improve Happiness

I don’t know about you, but this time of year sometimes finds me in a slump. Winter seems to be dragging on, and I’ve usually failed at most of my New Year’s Resolutions by now. Happiness can seem so far away, but it’s not as far as you might think. Here are 10 tips…

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Aging and Mental Health

Mental health and emotional wellness are important at any age, but because older people may also suffer from several other physical ailments, mental health issues can be overlooked or pushed to the backburner. And when approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder, it’s important we understand the…

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Mental Health Disorders

In recent years I believe we’ve made excellent strides in starting to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders. With awareness growing, sometimes it’s helpful to go back to the basics to make sure everyone is on the same page. A mental health disorder is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling…

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Mental Health Apps – Pros and Cons

Technology has invaded nearly every crevice of our modern society, so it’s no surprise at the ever-increasing number of health related apps available on our smartphones particularly mental health related apps. Individuals who suffer from mental health disorders can find apps that help them manage stress by leading them in breathing exercises or apps…

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The Importance of Friendship

The New Year gives us the opportunity to evaluate our lives and realize what’s most important to us. Hopefully topping that list for you are the people who make life less lonely—your friends. We tell children how important making good friends can be because our friends have a great impact on our outlook on…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

While winter does have a certain elegant beauty, the days are shorter and less bright causing many people each year to develop Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  SAD is a type of depression that occurs during specific seasons usually starting in late fall and continuing until the start of spring though in rare cases can…