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November 29, 2017
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ADHD and college success. No longer an oxymoron.

November 29, 2017 23:09 by Tracey Block

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The stress is palpable. Deadlines are looming for students in colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. The end of November means final exams are just around the corner; term papers are due. Add a disorder like ADHD to the end-of-term pressures and survival may seem uncertain. Can students with ADHD succeed in post-secondary studies? [More]

November 27, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Technology is Reshaping Mental Health

November 27, 2017 08:00 by Tracey Block

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Mental health therapy. The words conjure images of a patient lying on a couch while a Freudian-looking therapist sits in an adjacent chair, notebook and pen poised to write. But in the 21st century, there are powerful new mental health options: digital tools. What are they and which ones would you trust with your mental health? [More]

November 25, 2017
by Tracey Block

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The Dark Side of Black Friday

November 25, 2017 01:05 by Tracey Block

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Are we paying the price for Black Friday sales? Rather than a day to relax after the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday has, for many, become a day of stress and anxiety. Some see it as a challenge to find the best bargain. Others see it challenging their mental health and well being. How about you? [More]

November 23, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Is there time for one more episode?

November 23, 2017 01:52 by Tracey Block

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It is no secret that North Americans watch a lot of television. Researchers have long discussed the negative effects of too many sedentary hours hypnotised by the glow of the screen. And now along comes 'binge-watching'. With the advent of TV streaming services, we now spend evenings, days or weekends watching entire seasons of our favorite shows. Can our mental health and overall wellbeing survive this kind of (in)activity? [More]

November 20, 2017
by Tracey Block

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To sleep, perchance to dream. [Hamlet., William Shakespeare]

November 20, 2017 20:53 by Tracey Block

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Every morning, many of us subject ourselves to a rude awakening—the sound of an alarm forcing us into the day’s obligations. But what does this artificial arousal have in common with current research into mental illness? A lot. The ebb and flow of the human daily biological clock, known as circadian rhythm, while different from person to person, dictates when we should wake, eat and sleep. More than ever, scientists recognize that denying the body its opportunity to sleep when it needs to can have detrimental effects on our physical and psychological well-being. [More]

November 17, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Aging: It’s all in your mind!

November 17, 2017 23:50 by Tracey Block

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Growing old. The one unifying factor among all humans is also the most difficult to face. The inevitable aging process is one we try to escape with expensive lotions and hair dye. Coming to terms with the physical signs of aging is taking its toll on our mental health. Researchers wonder if it is possible to hold a mirror up to reality and accept the natural cycle of life. [More]

November 16, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Working from home. Is it really less stress for success?

November 16, 2017 00:48 by Tracey Block

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Call it virtual commuting, teleworking or working-from-home. Whatever the label, the number of home-based offices in the U.S. and Canada continues to grow. Thanks to leaps in technology, it is easy to stay connected and remain productive without the commute. What a stress-less way to work, right? Not always. Researchers find the stigma around working at home is still alive and well, and the difficulty of balancing work and home can keep you up at night. [More]

November 13, 2017
by Tracey Block

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It’s beginning to sound a lot like . . . the holidays.

November 13, 2017 22:25 by Tracey Block

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It may only be the middle of November, but stores and shopping malls are already decked out for the holidays. More than the visible signs of the coming festivities, the iconic holiday music piped through every store's stereo adds excitement, indeed. But, for some shoppers, hearing that music evokes more than visions of sugar plums. It can cause feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and more. Short of doing your holiday shopping wearing ear plugs, what can you do to survive the terror of the tunes? [More]