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March 5, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Some experts now viewing mental illness and wellness on a spectrum

March 5, 2018 14:04 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Over any period of time, one's physical health may range from excellent to poor, depending on illness--chronic or temporary. Recognizing this, Canada's military mental health professionals have created a mental health spectrum--identifying and respecting the ever-changing fluidity of its workers' mental health challenges and wellbeing. Can the same scale now be applied to the civilian workplace? [More]

March 2, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Ongoing research widens the differentiation between agoraphobia and panic disorder

March 2, 2018 23:38 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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In the past, the line between agoraphobia and panic attacks was blurred. But ongoing research has resulted in psychotherapy professionals recognizing the phobia as completely separate from the panic attacks that may result from it. Agoraphobia is not a panic disorder. It is, instead, being recognized as a fear of being afraid and losing control. [More]

February 24, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Therapists see real improvements with virtual reality

February 24, 2018 01:04 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Virtual reality is most recognizable these days as the next great tool for games and simulated travel. But for professionals and researchers in the field of mental health, virtual reality may just be the right tool for people with social anxiety, and other mental health disorders, to gain access to near-real environments with real solutions. [More]

February 20, 2018
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Humility Shows An Increase Chance of Success

February 20, 2018 12:25 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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A surprise win by the Eagles against the Patriots illuminate the concept of humility as a precursor to victory. When it comes to football, there is mathematical proof that the odds against the underdog are not so bad. In fact, the favorite only wins 66% of the time. This leaves a whopping 34% up for grabs. The average person identifies with the underdog and, for a while, gets to feel like a champion. This same principle affect people throughout their lifespan in both their goals and their responsibilities. [More]

February 17, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Small psychological changes can lead to Olympian success

February 17, 2018 01:02 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Succeeding in the Olympics is not only the result of physical ability. An athlete's overall mental wellbeing is just as important. And now, scientists and researchers are beginning to study how everyone can benefit by incorporating the same positive mental and psychological activities used by competitive athletes into our everyday lives. [More]