Mental Wellness

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What Role Does Spirituality Play in Mental Health?

  Spirituality in general is a broad concept that includes a sense of connection to something larger than our self.  Spirituality typically involves some sort of search for meaning, and is often linked to religion, although it can also be linked to finding meaning through nature or art.  Everyone’s definition of spirituality can vary…

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Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Canada)

  Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day is June 13th this year in Canada.  Started in 2014 in Ottawa by Jean-François Claude, the founder of TheMensDEN.ca (The Men’s Depression Education Network), it is now held annually on the Tuesday before Father’s Day.  The aim is “to raise awareness of how signs and symptoms of mental…

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Current State of Mental Health (US)

  Founded in 1909, Mental Health America is a non-profit organization that works to address the needs of those with mental illness and to promote the overall mental health of those in the United States.  MHA is committed to promoting mental health as part of overall wellness, which includes prevention services, early identification and…

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How are Video Games Being Used to Treat Depression?

  While video game addiction can be a problem for some, and it has been shown that this addiction can be linked to depression, recent studies are actually using video games to treat depression.  People are now creating new apps with games specifically designed to improve the player’s mental health. In one study, participants…

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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…