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September 10, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Trauma Be Reversed?

September 10, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to Dr. James S. Gordon, it can. Dr. Gordon believes trauma touches us all at some point in our lives and that his evidence-based program outlined in his new book, The Transformation, can reverse the psychological and biological damage caused by trauma. "The research we’ve done shows that this program is remarkably effective in relieving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder," Dr. Gordon told us. [More]

September 6, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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New Zealand has a $1 Billion Well-Being Budget: Why not the US?

September 6, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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New Zealand has a $1 billion well-being budget with five priorities for the happiness of its citizens (mental health, family violence, clean energy, digital innovation, and supporting indigenous people). Supporters of the budget feel happiness is a better metric for wellbeing than economic measures. Critics feel it’s a marketing campaign that minimizes the importance of GDP and the government’s role is to focus on economics metrics rather than individual happiness. [More]

September 3, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Why Is It So Hard For Alcoholics To Stop Drinking?

September 3, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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While you may certainly have heard of alcoholism, perhaps less so about alcohol use disorder (AUD). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, AUD is a relapsing brain disease that is chronic involving the loss of control of alcohol intake. Alcoholism is a non-medical term and what most people use to describe AUD. Knowing the detrimental effects of drinking can have on one’s life, what drives someone suffering from AUD to continue to drink? That’s what researchers of a new study published in eNeuro wanted to find out. [More]

August 23, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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WHO Reclassifies Burnout as a “Syndrome”

August 23, 2019 08:08 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Burnout is a word commonly thrown around. People are burned out from work and family obligations. Burned out from media consumption. Burned out from commitments. World Health Organization (WHO) updated its definition for the ICD-11 to identify burnout as a “syndrome”, tying it to "chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed." [More]

July 23, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Why People With The Same Mental Illness React Differently To The Same Antidepressant

July 23, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Why is it that antidepressants, in particular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), don’t work on nearly 30 per cent of people with major depressive disorder (MDD)? SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants for MDD. Though the cause of MDD is still unknown, researchers have found that it has something to do with the serotonergic circuit in the brain. [More]

June 28, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Mental Health Issues Increase Among Young People

June 28, 2019 08:01 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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A recent study in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Abnormal Psychology found mental health issues increasing among young Americans. The research found that while older adults have not had a significant increase in psychological distress, it has increased with young adults, with partial blame given to an increase in digital media use. [More]

June 25, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Finds High Rates Of Mental Health Problems Within Indigenous Peoples Living Off-Reserve

June 25, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal examined the impact of socioeconomic status on three mental health problems (physiological distress, suicidal thoughts and suicide attempt) within Indigenous peoples living off-reserve in Canada. “Current studies have provided evidence on the impact of socioeconomic status on different health outcomes," study author Mohammad Hajizadeh told us. "Based on the current studies, we were expecting to see more mental health problems among socioeconomically disadvantaged Indigenous peoples.” [More]

June 14, 2019
by Tina Arnoldi

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Can We Address Mental Health Through Cartoons?

June 14, 2019 09:09 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Experts say cartoons, comics, graphic novels, and other images can be helpful for those struggling from mental health issues in addition to spreading awareness when done correctly. Those who have not experienced a mental health condition in themselves or families and who have not received training find mental health is a difficult concept to understand. [More]