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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]

October 30, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Research Shows Screaming May Reduce Stress

October 30, 2017 23:35 by Tracey Block

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The results of a Washington Post-UMass Lowell poll—about screaming—were released this month. With so many options to help one alleviate daily stress, there might be one helpful activity that's easily overlooked. No app required. No special workout clothes either. [More]

December 12, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Childhood Revisited

December 12, 2016 02:23 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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What is the one activity of childhood that is, in all likelihood, universally accepted as an effective way to withdraw from the pandemonium of daily life? What will occupy the mind and restore serenity in less time than one can measure? What is the diversion that has been adopted by the world of adults and has sold over 12 million units of functional escape from reality as the numbers continue to grow? [More]

April 15, 2016
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Anger or Abuse - What's the Difference?

April 15, 2016 05:21 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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There are many types of abuse and all are difficult to endure. Physical, sexual, emotional, financial and verbal cruelties are among the various forms of mistreatment that our society faces daily. Another type of brutality that is widespread and difficult to address is domestic abuse. Domestic violence has been a concern in our society for decades. [More]