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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]

November 8, 2017
by Tracey Block

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30 Men Grew 30 Moustaches. The Rest is History.

November 8, 2017 23:53 by Tracey Block

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More than just a contest to grow the best moustache, Movember has grown into a campaign successfully bolstering recognition of male cancers and male mental health issues. Thanks to its efforts, new websites and organizations catering to male needs continue to be established, and therapists worldwide are realizing the needs of the male psyche have long been ignored. [More]

November 5, 2017
by Tracey Block

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"Fall Back" Brings Forward Theories On its Effects

November 5, 2017 08:00 by Tracey Block

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While roughly 70 percent of the world participates in Daylight Savings Time in the spring and returns to Standard Time in the fall, these seasonal markers remain a contentious topic of discussion twice a year. Researchers have collected conflicting results on the effects of the one hour time change—some positive, some negative. And yet it remains a system plagued by chaos—causing humans physical and psychological distress. Is one hour of daylight worth all of this? [More]

November 3, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Playing is the Prescription for Good Adult Health

November 3, 2017 15:30 by Tracey Block

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Adults have allowed themselves to be deprived of play for too long. Researchers have proven daily play-filled activities improve adult creativity, lead to greater productivity, reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. So why aren't more of us getting out there to play? [More]

October 26, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Working Hard for Mental Health and Wellness

October 26, 2017 06:00 by Tracey Block

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Did you celebrate World Mental Health Day? Is it still taboo to talk about mental health in the workplace? Globally, World Mental Health Day aims to educate, encourage and shine a light on improvements in mental health options, advocacy and recognition of the need to remove the social stigma surrounding mental health subjects. This year’s goal—how to improve the workplace to promote the mental health and wellbeing of all. [More]

October 24, 2017
by Melanie Laing

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#ME TOO, may just be #Too Much for some

October 24, 2017 07:00 by Melanie Laing

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A closer look at the long-term psychological consequences of traumatic events and why too much exposure can be more of a trigger than treatment. The hashtag is everywhere, everyone with a voice or a keypad now share their #MeToo experience. But for some, sharing the experience via an avenue like Social Media could come back to haunt them. [More]

September 20, 2017
by Hilda Huj

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Surviving a Crime: ASD and PTSD

September 20, 2017 21:21 by Hilda Huj

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Stressors are events or circumstances that threaten our physical and/or mental well-being. While everyday stressors pose a minimal threat and, therefore, provoke only slight stress reactions that are generally easy to cope with, certain types of stressors pose a significant threat and thus provoke debilitating stress reactions that are significantly more difficult to cope with. [More]

December 23, 2016
by Hilda Huj

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The Immigrant's Perspectives: Holiday Blues

December 23, 2016 01:55 by Hilda Huj

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It is the holiday season, the most wonderful time of the year. Or, is it? For most people, being an immigrant means that they are far away from their family and friends abroad. During the holiday season, when family and friendship values are the highlights of the celebration, it is hard not to feel sad and lonely. [More]