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It is an exciting day when you see your daughter go off to college with accolades of successful high school completion behind her and the rest of the world in front. For even the most gifted student, though, college brings many changes. Academics are harder and require more self-discipline, and most college freshmen are living away from home for the first time. Your daughter no longer has you to monitor her curfew or make sure she gets her homework done. She is now responsible for herself in many ways. College…

How to Lose Weight When You’re Depressed

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 06:00  by Alyssa R.
If you battle depression, you may know how weight gain or trouble losing weight with depression go hand-in-hand. The problem can affect the approximately 16 million adults in the United States who suffer from major depression. Many people find they gain weight as they age regardless of being diagnosed with a major depressive disorder. Women often find it difficult to lose weight after the birth of a child and as their metabolism changes over time. Working at a sedentary job, or a “desk job,” after many potentially more active years…

Loving Someone With Anxiety

Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:00  by Annie W.
Maintaining a healthy loving relationship with someone who suffers from anxiety can be challenging. Anxiety is one of those conditions that can show up unexpectedly and affect your life in ways you did not anticipate. Loving someone with anxiety means there are a lot of inconsistencies in your life. You may not feel that you can fully count on your partner to be there and fulfill the daily responsibilities of life. When you love someone with anxiety, you often end up taking on more and allowing your partner to opt…

PTSD Triggers After Sexual Assault

Monday, 07 August 2017 06:00  by Samantha R.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a debilitating type of anxiety disorder commonly associated with military service. Despite the initial research being done primarily on men who suffered trauma during service in the military, women are actually more likely to suffer from PTSD than men. PTSD can develop after any type of trauma and is not unusual in those who have been exposed to car accidents, domestic violence, or abuse. The emotions created by experiencing or witnessing a trauma become too much to process, and the brain gets stuck in a…

Loving Someone With Depression

Friday, 04 August 2017 06:00  by Courtney B.
Love is a great feeling, but loving someone with depression can sometimes be difficult. People with depression suffer from what seems like some invisible demon, and you cannot protect them no matter what you try. Listening to someone you love constantly express negative feelings about themselves or even allude to harming themselves can tear your heart out, but what do you do? When you are in love with someone who suffers from depression, they feel extremely fragile. You want to protect them and help relieve them of the pain, but…

How Alcohol Abuse Affects the Brain

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 06:00  by Taylor S.
When most people think of health, they think of the condition of their body and its organs. Alcohol abuse causes damage to a number of organs and systems in the body, and these conditions are well documented. Some of the more notable effects of alcohol on the body include a breakdown of the digestive system, tissue damage in the digestive tract, and an inability to properly absorb nutrients. The circulatory system can also be seriously affected resulting in high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. Alcoholism can also have more…
Emotional manipulation happens all the time and is often subtle and hard to detect. The results of psychological manipulation tactics are often the most visible signs it is occurring. Another person’s control over you can have a detrimental effect on your mental health, exacerbate anxiety issues, and lead to depression. It is impossible to have a healthy relationship when emotional manipulation is involved. What Is Emotional Manipulation? A form of social influence, emotional or psychological manipulation is not a healthy practice. It includes applying pressure to control someone’s thoughts and…

The Science of Happiness

Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:00  by Taylor S.
While outside experiences and events, such as our childhood experiences, can certainly affect our happiness and mental wellness, the actual feelings associated with happiness are actually a product of chemical interactions in our brains. The Brain Chemistry of Happiness Most people believe happiness is contingent on two factors: how satisfied you are with your life and how good you feel. When it comes right down to it, though, happiness is all in our head — in the chemical interactions in our brain. First, there’s the hippocampus — the part of…

Colors That Affect Your Mood

Monday, 17 July 2017 06:00  by Susie R.
Colors are often used to express different emotions, as in the phrase, “I am feeling blue.” When you are sick, you might refer to yourself as green. Someone else might be red with anger. Colors provide a way to add a visual representation to an invisible quality. They help us more accurately describe emotions. Did you know that colors can actually create and effect emotions, as well? Seeing a particular color can change your mood without you even realizing it. Marketers and advertisers exploit this fact all the time. How…
The brain-body connection means that what goes on in one affects the other. For example, when you experience the pain of a broken bone, your mental health is affected. You may experience a range of related emotions from anger to sadness. Additionally, something like excessive sweating may cause embarrassment, shame or other emotional responses. Your emotional status is partially based on information from your senses about your physical condition. Mental health also can initiate physical responses. When you feel extremely sad, your eyes tear up, and you cry. Excitement may…

Natural Remedies for Sunburns

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 06:00  by Alexa W.
Although you might associate sunburn with those blistering hot days at the height of the summer, in many areas you are more likely to get burned in the late spring and early summer. This is when the rays of the sun are their strongest relative to the sun’s position in the sky. When the weather starts to improve in the spring, you are more likely to get outside. Since the temperatures are often pleasant, you may stay outside longer, thus getting more sun exposure. By the height of the summer,…

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:06  by Taylor S.
Can depression cause physical symptoms? You may be familiar with the symptoms of “sadness” associated with depression or the numb, complete lack of emotion you can sometimes feel. When you are depressed, it may feel like your emotions are completely shut down, and you lack the energy or enthusiasm to do anything. Even going out of your house to meet with friends can seem like too much trouble. However, you can actually experience a number of physical symptoms with depression, too. Those random aches and pains you feel could be…
Improving your quality of life can take many forms, from exercising more to getting enough restorative sleep. These small changes in your routine can have a big impact on your physical and mental health. In addition to adequate sleep and exercise, the food we consume also plays a huge role in our quality of life; they can even positively affect key functions like mood, memory, and focus. There are a variety of foods that can improve your mood and that are good for your memory and have been shown to…
According to the American Psychological Association, 50 percent of people will be exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Traumatic events can result in extreme stress and adverse consequences for everyone involved. Although many people can get over a trauma with a little time, some people may experience longer-lasting problems. In fact, eight percent of trauma survivors go on to develop PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the condition was once primarily associated with male combat veterans, females are up to twice as likely to develop PTSD.…

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Friday, 16 June 2017 06:00  by Courtney W.
You may be struggling with trauma and thinking about where to turn next for help. If you’ve been looking into treatments for borderline personality disorder or other mental health issues, you may wonder, what does DBT stand for? Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, was first developed to treat chronically suicidal people with borderline personality disorder, or BPD. The treatment is the most common cognitive behavioral therapy for this population. Marsha Linehan, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington developed DBT. She was diagnosed in her younger years with…
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