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February 6, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Caring for a survivor's mental health after beating cancer

February 6, 2018 00:26 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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The irony cannot be overlooked. When first diagnosed with cancer, patients would do anything to beat the disease and survive. But, as medical advances continue to improve, many survivors are feeling beaten down by the psychological and sometimes physical effects that remain after successfully defeating their diseases. As World Cancer Day is celebrated, survivors are speaking out in the hopes of improving their own lives and the lives of millions of future survivors. [More]

February 5, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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First Study Of Its Kind in Canada Looks At Biological Embedding of Adverse Prenatal And Early Childhood Experiences

February 5, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Researchers are wondering whether our biology is affected as an infant due to adverse early life experiences. The first study of its kind examining biological embedding is a Canadian study also looking at an intervention program to prevent children from developing mental illnesses as an adult. [More]

February 2, 2018
by Tracey Block

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The unconscious mind may help reduce the anxiety of decision making

February 2, 2018 16:38 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Trying to make a decision between two or more choices can cause anxiety, avoidance and procrastination. Even when faced with enough facts or details to make an educated decision, the task can seem daunting. For years, researchers have investigated the roles of the conscious and unconscious minds in decision-making, and some are beginning to believe "sleeping on it" may prove to be helpful in reducing the stress some people experience when faced with making choices. [More]

January 28, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Are children too quickly diagnosed with ADHD?

January 28, 2018 00:06 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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The behaviors characteristic of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) include impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. But these symptoms are characteristic of a long list of other possible physical and mental health issues--such as vision or hearing loss, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. As the number of cases in North American children continues to rise, researchers are beginning to wonder if ADHD is too often being misdiagnosed. [More]

January 25, 2018
by Tracey Block

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The pressure for perfection can be devastating

January 25, 2018 17:04 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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While aiming high and setting goals is encouraged in 21st century society, for many, perfectionism has become an obsession. Recent research indicates Millennials, in particular, are suffering challenges to their mental and physical well-being in the pursuit of ultimate perfection in education, professional work and in their own physical images. Can anything be done to help reduce the burden young people feel in their quest for the perfect life? [More]

January 23, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Psychedelic drug therapy may soon be integral to mental health care

January 23, 2018 02:30 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Recent clinical trials using psychedelic drugs like MDMA to treat patients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have shown some amazing results. With final testing now underway, the "psychedelic renaissance" may be on the horizon, potentially providing currently illegal drugs with new respect in the field of mental health care. [More]

January 9, 2018
by Tracey Block

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The scent of a partner plays an important role in stress reduction

January 9, 2018 00:54 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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The human sense of smell is well recognized for its attachment to memory in the brain. The smell of cookies baking, the scent of a perfume or the bouquet of fresh-cut grass can quickly take one back to a past time or place. But now, researchers are realizing human olfactory cues can have incredible effects on stress levels, mood and overall mental health. [More]

January 5, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Where should the blame lie when suicides are posted on social media?

January 5, 2018 02:31 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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A recent video posting by an American social media celebrity has caused a public uproar. But researchers and mental health professionals are asking whether the finger pointing and outrage should be less about the people and technology producing the content—and more about facing the facts their videos illuminate: that suicides are still occurring at alarming rates. [More]

December 25, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Make Mental Health a Priority in the Last Days of 2017

December 25, 2017 23:34 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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The last week of December rushes past in a whirlwind of remembering gifts, managing party schedules, and recalling recipe ingredients. Sometimes in the haste of it all, we forget what is most important--our mental health. Professionals suggest managing mental health issues as well in the last week of December as in the other 51 weeks of the year. How can you prevent one week of festivities from undoing all your hard work? [More]

December 21, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Therapist Heal Thyself

December 21, 2017 01:10 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Would you go to a mental health professional who publicly admits a personal struggle with mental illness? Researchers are finding that as long as the professional is stable, patients are buoyed by a therapist's example of success. Do counsellors with first-hand knowledge of mental illness elicit better results in their patients? [More]