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December 19, 2017
by Tracey Block

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This is Your Brain on Exercise

December 19, 2017 00:15 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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We are well aware of how important exercise is for our bodies. But how can we keep our psyches in shape? Researchers are finding there really is a connection between mind and body. Exercise may not only improve mood and reduce anxiety, but it just may help prevent and treat some mental illnesses. [More]

December 10, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Is Nomophobia ruining your life?

December 10, 2017 23:03 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Nomophobia is becoming more widespread in this 21st century era of smartphone technology. Do you suffer from it? Answer yes or no to the following: I obsessively check my smartphone for missed texts, emails or social media updates. I constantly top up my cell phone’s battery charge. I cannot leave a room without my smartphone. Using these kinds of questions and more, researchers believe it’s time to start taking the condition more seriously. [More]

December 4, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Toddler tantrum or mental illness?

December 4, 2017 10:00 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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How young can your child be to receive a professional diagnosis, and treatment, for a mental illness? From birth to age 6, children develop very quickly, both mentally and physically. As a result, it is hard to tell if a new or questionable behavior is fleeting and nothing to worry about—or something that will become problematic for life. Specialists and researchers are finally starting to recognize the importance of the early years in mental health intervention and support. [More]

November 25, 2017
by Tracey Block

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The Dark Side of Black Friday

November 25, 2017 01:05 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Are we paying the price for Black Friday sales? Rather than a day to relax after the Thanksgiving holiday, Black Friday has, for many, become a day of stress and anxiety. Some see it as a challenge to find the best bargain. Others see it challenging their mental health and well being. How about you? [More]

November 23, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Is there time for one more episode?

November 23, 2017 01:52 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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It is no secret that North Americans watch a lot of television. Researchers have long discussed the negative effects of too many sedentary hours hypnotised by the glow of the screen. And now along comes 'binge-watching'. With the advent of TV streaming services, we now spend evenings, days or weekends watching entire seasons of our favorite shows. Can our mental health and overall wellbeing survive this kind of (in)activity? [More]

November 16, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Working from home. Is it really less stress for success?

November 16, 2017 00:48 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Call it virtual commuting, teleworking or working-from-home. Whatever the label, the number of home-based offices in the U.S. and Canada continues to grow. Thanks to leaps in technology, it is easy to stay connected and remain productive without the commute. What a stress-less way to work, right? Not always. Researchers find the stigma around working at home is still alive and well, and the difficulty of balancing work and home can keep you up at night. [More]

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  [About the Author]

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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]