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Fall Craft Ideas

Friday, 22 September 2017 06:00  by Courtney B.
Of all the seasons, fall may include the most visual, iconic symbols and the richest color pallet. Between the big orange moon and the colorful leaves, fall provides inspiration for the creation of many arts and crafts projects. Everywhere you turn, the season is full of visual stimuli. For those who struggle with their mental health during the colder seasons - possibly with a condition like SADS - Fall can be the beginning of a decline in your mood and motivation. This is the perfect time to immerse yourself in…

Why Pumpkin Is Good for You

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 06:00  by Martha L.
It is that time of year again when pumpkin-colored and pumpkin-flavored goodies start showing up in stores and restaurants. Pumpkins, a timeless Halloween symbol, are incorporated in all fall-themed products from air fresheners to lattes. It is a sign of fall — but also a reminder to be healthy. Health Benefits of Pumpkin Pumpkin is not just a seasonal ornament and flavor — it’s also very good for you. The orange color of pumpkin flesh announces a healthy dose of beta-carotene in every serving. Orange foods like pumpkins, carrots, and…
If you experience panic attacks, you may know that it is possible to experience one while sleeping. The last time you thought you were waking up from a bad dream, you might have been having a panic attack. A nocturnal panic attack causes you to wake up feeling scared and anxious. It could be accompanied by sweating, rapid heart rate and breathlessness. Panic attacks during sleep can be devastating to your sleep rhythm. The attack may only last a couple minutes, but it usually takes a while to calm down…

College Student Mental Health Statistics

Friday, 08 September 2017 06:00  by Annie R.
College presents a unique combination of challenges for freshman students and those returning after summer break. For some, the stress of academic achievement intensifies after high school, and there is also the increased pressure of living away from home for what might be the first time. The average college student is still going through the adolescent stage of brain development, although they may look like fully-grown adults. Decision-making and risk-taking behaviors among most college students put them at increased risk for mental health issues. 80% of college students surveyed feel…

Depression and Chronic Pain

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 06:00  by Andrea T.
People who suffer from certain chronic conditions or injuries can tell you that chronic pain is no joke. There are some conditions that cause severe pain every day, and almost every minute. When the root cause of the pain cannot be resolved, many look to pain management for relief. Chronic pain can have more than just physical effects, it can also affect your mental wellness and your overall quality of life. What is Chronic Pain? Chronic pain is long lasting, constant pain. Some medical professionals define chronic pain as pain…

Why Stress Can Be Good for You

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 06:00  by Taylor S.
When you hear the word “stress,” you might connect it with unpleasant feelings. Stress is something we all experience, whether it’s from final exams, interviews or other obligations. But stress isn’t a bad thing -- it has a lot of benefits that help us function on a day-to-day basis. Stress also helped our past ancestors survive, and it helps us live in our modern world. We wouldn’t be where we are today without stress. It’s a reaction that informs us how to act and respond to certain situations. While stress…
Although it sounds like vision therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is more about your outlook than how to see. The connection between eye movements and emotional memory are tapped to call an emotional response to trauma that plagues you like a broken record. What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of integrative psychotherapy approach to treating stress caused by traumatic experiences that helps clients reprocess the traumatic information in order to help them overcome related disorders, such as PTSD. In EDMR treatment, your…
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…
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