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March 29, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Talking about time off for mental health

March 29, 2018 17:03 by Tracey Block

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Have you ever taken time off from work because of a cold, flu or other physical ailment that needed attention? If so, you may have felt comfortable chatting about it when you returned to work—healthy and ready to get back at it. But the situation is often daunting for employees who need to take time off work for mental health illnesses—and then transition back into the workplace. How can you comfortably navigate information sharing about your mental health challenges at work? [More]

March 17, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Smoking and your mental health

March 17, 2018 13:18 by Tracey Block

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Decades of research and statistics have proven the risks to one’s physical health from long-term tobacco smoking. Now a new study has shown that a daily habit of smoking 10 or more cigarettes is linked to a higher risk of mental illness. And the potential is even greater in those who began smoking prior to age 13. [More]

March 13, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Time change, circadian rhythm and mental illnesses

March 13, 2018 21:17 by Tracey Block

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Setting the clock ahead an hour in the spring, or back an hour in the fall, is known to make people feel sleepy and cranky while they adjust to the time change. The body's natural circadian rhythm can be briefly--and negatively--impacted by these time changes. And now, researchers are recognizing that jet lag from long distance travel can cause negative effects not only to one's physical--but to one's long-term psychological health. [More]

March 12, 2018
by Tracey Block

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A different kind of phobia

March 12, 2018 13:47 by Tracey Block

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Social conversations sometimes turn to discussions and comparisons of the common phobias humans share--fear of heights; fear of spiders; fear of tight spaces. The list is endless. But some phobias are less common--and also less understood by researchers and professionals in psychology. One of these is Trypophobia. [More]

March 5, 2018
by Tracey Block

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A spectrum-based approach to mental illness and wellness

March 5, 2018 14:04 by Tracey Block

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Over any period of time, one's physical health may range from excellent to poor, depending on illness--chronic or temporary. Recognizing this, Canada's military mental health professionals have created a mental health spectrum--identifying and respecting the ever-changing fluidity of its workers' mental health challenges and wellbeing. Can the same scale now be applied to the civilian workplace? [More]

March 2, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Understanding Agoraphobia--the fear of fear

March 2, 2018 23:38 by Tracey Block

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In the past, the line between agoraphobia and panic attacks was blurred. But ongoing research has resulted in psychotherapy professionals recognizing the phobia as completely separate from the panic attacks that may result from it. Agoraphobia is not a panic disorder. It is, instead, being recognized as a fear of being afraid and losing control. [More]

February 27, 2018
by Tracey Block

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A healthy diet may promote mental health

February 27, 2018 17:17 by Tracey Block

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The importance of a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is well known, but researchers have recently studied the effect of healthy eating on one's mental health--with the possibility that foods that are good for the body may also be good for the mind. [More]

February 24, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Therapists see real improvements with virtual reality

February 24, 2018 01:04 by Tracey Block

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Virtual reality is most recognizable these days as the next great tool for games and simulated travel. But for professionals and researchers in the field of mental health, virtual reality may just be the right tool for people with social anxiety, and other mental health disorders, to gain access to near-real environments with real solutions. [More]

February 20, 2018
by Tracey Block

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The power of the pen in mental health therapy

February 20, 2018 01:17 by Tracey Block

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Improvements in technology continue to provide more options in treating patients with mental health challenges. But professionals--and patients--are recognizing that some "old-fashioned methods" may actually bring revolutionary results, even in the 21st century. [More]