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April 16, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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Tragedy in the French Alps: Investigators Fear Psychiatric Condition Claims 150 Lives

April 16, 2015 07:55 by Mary Horn, Psy.D.  [About the Author]

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On March 24, 2015, tragedy changed the lives of everyone who had a friend or loved one on Germanwings flight 9525 that was en route from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany. In the initial phase of the investigation and recovery effort, most evidence points to the flight’s Co-pilot thoughtfully and methodically locking the cockpit door when the Captain went to the restroom, and purposely steering the plane into a mountain in the French Alps at 400 miles per hour. [More]

March 29, 2015
by Cindy Ariel,Phd

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Suicide, Mass Murder, and Mental Illness on Germanwings Flight 4U9525

March 29, 2015 18:01 by Cindy Ariel,Phd  [About the Author]

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Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was alone in the cockpit for 10 minutes. When the voice box was recovered, his quiet steady breathing could be heard, along with increasingly aggressive banging on the door. Transponder data shows that the autopilot on Germanwings Flight 4U9525 was reprogrammed in the cockpit to set the plane on a crash course. A search is underway for the plane’s second “black box” which could shed more light on the final minutes but complete details regarding the mental state of the co-pilot who took it down may never be found. [More]

March 24, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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Health Care Reform: Congress Passes New Bill for Suicide Prevention in Veterans

March 24, 2015 07:55 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT   [About the Author]

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Especially among combat veterans, the prevalence of depression, PTSD, and suicide rate is even more staggering. According to 2012 VA Suicide Data Report, rates of veteran suicide are much higher than previously thought – approximately 22 veterans commit suicide every day. It is further estimated that male veterans ages 18 to 24 are particularly susceptible as evidenced by their suicide rate still increasing. [More]

March 5, 2015
by Amy Berwick,PhD, LPC, NCC

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Blistering 2015 Winter Equals Blues and Weight Gain

March 5, 2015 07:55 by Amy Berwick,PhD, LPC, NCC  [About the Author]

winter blues
Winter blues are more than a little sadness. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth edition (DSM-5), seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of recurring depression based on seasonal patterns (APA, 2013). The most frequent occurrence of SAD is during the winter months (Evans et al., 2013). The Mayo Clinic (2014) describes winter SAD symptoms as depression, irritability, fatigue, problems getting along with others, hypersensitivity to rejection, heavy feeling in legs and arms, increase in appetite, and weight gain. [More]

March 1, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

counseling plus exercise a powerful combinationto combat depression

Counseling Plus Exercise: A Powerful Combination to Combat Depression

March 1, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

counseling plus exercise a powerful combinationto combat depression
Everyone gets depressed from time to time, and often it passes and our mood brightens again. But when struggling with clinical depression, your mood can be depressed for weeks, months, or even years, resulting in real loss of functioning and quality of life. Almost 1 in 10 Americans is affected by depression every year, and 17% of us will experience a major depressive episode at least one time in our life. Additionally, depression is a major cause of disability, with an annual cost of about $40 billion in lost productivity and treatment costs (Craft & Perna, 2004). [More]

February 25, 2015
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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Canada Blushes "Pink Shirt Day": Bullying Awareness

February 25, 2015 20:18 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd  [About the Author]

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February 25th. Anti-Bullying Day in Canada has been coined "Pink Shirt Day". Throughout many communities in Canada yesterday people saw pink! From the Starbucks Barista to the bank teller, the country took a stand against bullying. Mostly, the emphasis on bullying and its effects was directed toward the bullying that takes place in schoolyards. [More]

February 19, 2015
by Tracy Busse, MA, LPC

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The Atrocities of Boko Haram and Isis ARE Happening in America

February 19, 2015 07:55 by Tracy Busse, MA, LPC  [About the Author]

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In the last year, the chilling actions of ISIS and Boko Haram have shocked many. Americans have questioned their barbaric practices and lack of regard for women. It is hard to imagine something like that happening in America. As stories of survivors are released, hearts sink when they hear of women and children being forced into marriage and raped by militants (Those, 2014). But what if these same injustices were happening in the United States? Perhaps they are. [More]

February 18, 2015
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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Psychological Impact of Severe Food Allergies

February 18, 2015 07:55 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd  [About the Author]

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It may be that the effects of food allergies are greater on parents than on the children who suffer from them. Parents feel they must be on guard every minute to protect their children from possibly fatal reactions to foods, substances human beings need to survive. This constant vigilance wears down the strongest parent. This can lead to significant stress. Stressed parents may respond in ways that cause stress on their children. [More]

February 17, 2015
by Chris Shreve, PhD (Candidate), LPC, NCC

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Magnets to Help Depression- Studies Support

February 17, 2015 07:55 by Chris Shreve, PhD (Candidate), LPC, NCC   [About the Author]

magnets
One does not have to argue strongly that depression is a major health concern throughout the United States, as 15 percent of Americans at one point during their lives suffered a depressive episode. Moreover, 80% or 17.1 million have experienced at least one major depressive episode during the past year. [More]

February 9, 2015
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

is it depression or shyness in children

Is It Depression Or Shyness In Children?

February 9, 2015 07:55 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd  [About the Author]

is it depression or shyness in children
Long thought to be a psychological disorder that occurred only in adults, depression now is diagnosed frequently in children under 10 years of age. As recently as 40 years ago, physicians doubted the existence of depression in children (Son & Kirchner, 2000). Now one study reported in American Family Physician (ibid) suggested 2% of children under the age of puberty can be diagnosed with some form of depression. [More]