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December 22, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Could it be more than just the ‘winter blues’?

December 22, 2017 00:42 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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It isn't unusual to feel a little more tired--maybe even a little depressed--during the winter months. The long, dark, cold nights and brief hours of sunlight can ruin anyone's mood. For some, however, the effect is more serious. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) causes a host of debilitating symptoms in sufferers, but research is finding ways to help. [More]

December 15, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Mind-wandering leads to understanding mental illnesses

December 15, 2017 00:28 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Researchers have found that some of us are in a state of ‘mind-wandering’, or daydreaming, as much as 50 percent of our waking time. Is that excessive? What is actually going on in someone’s brain when they are present in a room, but not focusing on the activity taking place? Could ‘mind-wandering’ be a symptom of mental illness? [More]

December 7, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Art: Therapy for the Mind

December 7, 2017 01:13 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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A handful of crayons and a pad of paper. A blank canvas and tubes of colorful paints. These just may be the best addition to treatment for someone with a mental illness. Typical therapy sessions call for verbal expression, and the back and forth deliveries of a therapist's questions and a patient's answers. Researchers are rediscovering that art therapy allows for expression, exploration and a different way to heal. [More]

November 29, 2017
by Tracey Block

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ADHD and college success. No longer an oxymoron.

November 29, 2017 23:09 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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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  [About the Author]

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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 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  [About the Author]

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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  [About the Author]

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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]