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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 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]

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]

January 22, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Get the Sleep You Need for Better Memory & Better Mental Health

January 22, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Sleep shouldn’t be a luxury that we only grant ourselves on Saturday mornings. It’s a necessity if we want to have a healthy mind and body. Sleep gives us a chance to recharge, heal, and process our experiences. Lack of enough good quality sleep not only makes us grumpy, but it can also negatively impact our memory, our mood, and our overall health and well-being. [More]

December 11, 2014
by Marti Wormuth, MA

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How Does Sleep Affect my Mental Health?

December 11, 2014 04:55 by Marti Wormuth, MA

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Sleep. Sleep is something that many of us admit that we want to get more of, but most of us don't. As I write this, I've been struggling with my sleep patterns for a couple of weeks at this point. We all go through times like that, but did you know that, if you are not getting enough sleep, you can actually be negatively affecting your mental health? It's true. Getting good sleep and feeling well rested is absolutely vital when it comes to taking care of our mental health. Why? We're going to take a closer look at that and how you can be sure to get better sleep. [More]

November 4, 2014
by Caleen Martin

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The Invisible Disease: Best Tips for Surviving Fibromyalgia

November 4, 2014 04:55 by Caleen Martin

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Your doctor informs you that you have an invisible disease which causes debilitating pain throughout your body. You may lose your job, have to fight for benefits. You have to deal with doctors who think you're lying about your condition and symptoms and become a guinea pig in order to find the most effective medications and therapies. [More]

August 14, 2014
by Cathy England, MA

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Evaluation of Sleep Disorders as They Relate to Mental Illness

August 14, 2014 04:55 by Cathy England, MA

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Sleep disturbances are common in the United States population. Harvard Health Publications (2009), estimate that sleep problems are prevalent in at least 50% of patients receiving psychiatric treatment. This can be compared to the general population in which about 10% report sleep problems. What is not entirely clear is whether or not sleep disturbance is a symptom or a risk factor for mental health presentations. [More]