Mental Health Apps

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Mental Health Apps

There’s a strong possibility you are reading this on your phone right now. Smartphones continue to become more and more woven into our everyday life. Despite their utility, there may be some negative components to this trend as research does suggest that heavy smartphone usage is linked to anxiety and depression. However, smartphones also have […]

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Exercise and mental health

One of the most important themes we write about is the importance of early intervention. Most of the time the earlier you can begin to treat a medical condition, the better the outcome. Simple prevention is even better than early intervention. Preventative medicine, as well as early intervention, can build up resilience against the onset […]

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Postpartum Psychosis

The birth of a new baby is often one of the most wonderful and gratifying experiences of a woman’s life. Even with the trials of pregnancy and the work & pain of labor, the expectation is that after the birth and presentation of a wonderful new life, all will be perfect. However that is not […]

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Personalized Addiction Treatments

The idea of personalized medicine has been gaining more traction in recent years. Recent developments in technology have led to an increased interest in a more individualized approach to diagnosis and treatment. We are now are beginning to understand some diseases and disorders at a genetic and molecular level. Hopefully, this knowledge will allow for […]

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Catching Psychosis Early

Our own Dr. Rachel Waford, author of The Psychosis Response Guide: How to Help Young People in Psychiatric Crises was interviewed this month as part of the American Psychological Associations Monitor on Psychology. The article, Catching Psychosis Early, focuses on Dr. Waford’s expertise in detecting and recognizing early warning signs of mental illness.

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Teenage Depression

Adolescence can be a very difficult time for children. They are faced with a number of biological, physical, and social changes & challenges throughout adolescence.  The primary developmental task during adolescence is learning to successfully separate from the family as a fully competent individual.  It’s not uncommon for adolescents to separate through rebellion against their […]

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Complexity of Mental Health

Humans are complex beings. That might seem like a very obvious statement but we often take for granted just how complex we really are. Think about your morning commute to work. An average person drives to their job in the morning. While you’re operating a 4000 lb vehicle traveling 65 MPH (Okay, so you live […]

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Depression in Adolescents

Adolescence is a difficult developmental passage. Adolescents are faced with a number of biological, social and physical changes. Developmentally adolescents are trying to think more independently and to differentiate from their families of origin. Attempts to separate from the family can often led to acting out, covert rebellion, or even open rebellion against parents. Moodiness, […]

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Employing Adults with Autism

In the past decade there has been a tremendous shift in the way autism is viewed. What previously had been considered a debilitating, lifelong disorder is now viewed in much a different light. An autism diagnosis today does not mean chronic crippling disability. With early behavioral intervention, children diagnosed with autism can lead independent or […]

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Empathy and Substance Abuse

Most of the time, a mental illness is not clearly visible. Physical illnesses, injuries and wounds, on the other hand, are much easier to see. This is not generally the case with mental illness and perhaps a reason why struggles of the mind have, through the course of time, been considered supernatural or demonic. But […]

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