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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…
The core characteristic of a healthy relationship is positivity. Healthy relationships, whether between friends, family or romantic partners, are key to your emotional well-being. You may not realize it, but relationships provide you with a sense of purpose and meaning that fuel your motivations and pursuits. They also offer support that buffers against the negative effects of stress. Think of all the times when your family, friends or partner have sparked a light in your life. The quality of these relationships influenced just how bright that light shone because a…

What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder?

Thursday, 08 June 2017 06:00  by Taylor B.
Social anxiety disorder is an extreme fear in social settings and is more common than you think. More than 15 million people in the U.S. cope with the disorder, many for years before they find help from caring mental health professionals that can correctly diagnose the issue. For those with severe symptoms, their social phobia can overwhelm them during day-to-day activities. School, work or even visits to the grocery store become debilitating with severe social anxiety. It is often difficult to develop close relationships outside of your family, which makes…

How to Build Healthy Mental Habits

Monday, 05 June 2017 08:00  by Kim S.
It is easy to forget the importance of your mental and emotional health amidst the media focus on your physical appearance. Your emotional and mental health, however, are essential to your happiness and overall wellness. The challenge to building healthy mental habits, just like healthy eating habits, is starting. So how do you create healthy mental habits for yourself? Start by changing the way you think about yourself by using these four simple steps to make your new healthy mentalities habit. Then you can check out our top mental habits…

Summer Seasonal Depression

Friday, 02 June 2017 08:00  by Molly S.
The start of summer signals the end of the “winter blues” for those with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a condition that causes mild to severe depression, often during winter, because of shorter days and increased darkness. SAD, however, is not exclusive to winter. Summer seasonal depression, or reverse seasonal affective disorder, is another form of SAD. It is rare, with only one-tenth of SAD cases diagnosed as summer SAD. Both reverse seasonal affective disorder and SAD are similar in that each occurs seasonally. Summer seasonal depression and SAD,…
The loss of a loved one is heartbreaking. In an instant, your world is shattered, and you may feel like your life will never be the same. Mourning a loss is a process — one that can take several months to move through. During that time, it understandably affects your mental health. You are likely experiencing shock, despair, and anger. You yearn for just one moment more with your loved one. You could even swear you saw them the other day when out walking or had to pause when you…
Horseback riding is a pleasurable recreational activity that also has health benefits. It may look like just sitting on top of a horse, but horseback riding is an exercise that requires the use of a number of muscles throughout the body. You build strength holding on to the reins and keeping your seat in the saddle. Riding can help you develop balance and coordination, especially when the horse is moving at a faster pace. Even flexibility is exercised getting on and off the horse. Being around horses is a fun…
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