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June 25, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds High Rates Of Mental Health Problems Within Indigenous Peoples Living Off-Reserve

June 25, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal examined the impact of socioeconomic status on three mental health problems (physiological distress, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempt) within Indigenous peoples living off-reserve in Canada. “Current studies have provided evidence on the impact of socioeconomic status on different health outcomes," study author Mohammad Hajizadeh told us. "Based on the current studies, we were expecting to see more mental health problems among socioeconomically disadvantaged Indigenous peoples.” [More]

June 21, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Art Therapy: Does It Work?

June 21, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash
Clinical research has identified strengths and weaknesses in treating mental illness with medication. A focus on art therapy and programs such as ‘Arts on Prescription’ are developing a growing recognition of potential benefits for mental health. And 'Arts for the Blues – A New Creative Psychological Therapy for Depression', recently shared results from a pilot study, reporting positive results of art therapy. Based on this research, I invited experts to provide insight into how art therapy benefits people struggling with mental health concerns. [More]

June 18, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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An Association Exists Between Fatty Acids During Pregnancy And Rising ADHD Levels In Children, New Study Finds

June 18, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, as it's commonly known, is on the rise. But why? Is it just that we’re becoming more aware and accepting of the disorder or is something else causing the increase? “It was already known that children with ADHD have higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratios,” researcher Monica Lopez told us, “so we wanted to test whether these higher omega-6 to omega-3 ratios were involved in the origin of the symptoms.” [More]

June 14, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Can We Address Mental Health Through Cartoons?

June 14, 2019 09:09 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Experts say cartoons, comics, graphic novels, and other images can be helpful for those struggling from mental health issues in addition to spreading awareness when done correctly. Those who have not experienced a mental health condition in themselves or families and who have not received training find mental health is a difficult concept to understand. [More]

June 12, 2019
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Abandoned Children

June 12, 2019 18:35 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Recently there was an item in the news about a young boy who was with his drug-addicted mother and her boyfriend on a bus. They were in Camden, New Jersey. When they reached their stop the boy tried, unsuccessfully, to arouse the two adults. The man was unable to stand. The mother was unresponsive and appeared to snort something off of her wrist. One of the astonished passengers filmed the event and informed the child welfare authorities that this child was at risk. [More]

June 11, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Your Teen (And Everyone) Needs Alone Time

June 11, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Worried that your teen is spending too much time alone in their room? Turns out, alone time is good for them, and you too, as long as you're not forced into it. According to a new study, when people seek solitude willingly, they're actually enhancing their creativity, identity development and emotional regulation skills. Worried that your teen is spending too much time alone in their room? Turns out, alone time is good for them, as long as they're not forced into it. According to a new study, when teens seek solitude, they're actually enhancing their creativity, identity development and emotional regulation skills. The study, titled, Motivation matters: Development and validation of the Motivation for Solitude Scale - Short Form (MSS-SF), was recently published in the Journal of Adolescence. Theravive spoke with one of the authors of the study, Margarita Azmitia, a professor of psychology at the University of California. [More]

June 7, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Creativity Can Boost Your Mood

June 7, 2019 09:02 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

Photo by Alice Achterhof on Unsplash
"Getting creative really does boost your mood" was a recent headline based on the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test, suggesting that creativity can help avoid stress and improve self-development. Some mental health professionals promote creativity in their work with clients and others report benefits from using it personally. [More]