Raising Mental Health Awareness in May

Mental health has become a public health issue. Increasingly, individuals all over the world continue to suffer from one or more form of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. These conditions are debilitating and often consume your daily existence by affecting your relationship with your family, productivity and earning power. For instance, in 2010, it was […]

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Do Others See the Same Person as the Self-Loather Does?

Perception is individualized, subjective, and varies from person to person.  When you look in a mirror, what do you see?  Do you see an accurate reflection of yourself, or is it skewed?  Does the image you see match what others see?  Most of the time, our self-esteem, self-confidence, and body image develop from our perceptions, […]

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The Benefits of Smiling

As I’ve indicated in past articles on this page, smiling is good for physical and mental health. It causes a cascade of supportive chemicals to fill the human body. They include neurotransmitters, messengers traveling between your brain and body parts, called endorphins. They’re the happiness chemical and the reason that you feel relief after a […]

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The Benefits of DBT for Those with Eating Disorders

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is utilized to help individuals identify, understand, and manage difficult emotions. The major areas of focus in DBT include: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The purpose of DBT is to help people become more mindful and present with their emotions, manage difficult or even painful emotions, regulate how […]

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Benefits of Exercise On Our Mental Health

At one time or another, most of us can admit that we paid for a gym membership for way too long without ever having stepped foot into the premises.  It always seems like a marvelous idea at first—we are going to trim ourselves down, get fit, and lead a healthier life.  We peruse the local […]

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Effect of Travel on Mental Health

One of the most humorous and widely recognized fictional scenes about travel takes place in the movie, Home Alone.  The power goes out the night before the McAllister family is scheduled to leave for their vacation to Paris, which causes their alarm clocks to shut off.  Thus, unknowingly they wake up late, throw their clothes […]

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Should You Fake It Till You Make It?

The annoying answer to this question would be, “It depends.” In reality, when you think about it, faking it until you make it really depends on the situation. Also, what does faking it actually mean? Most of the time, the context revolves around a situation that is upsetting or difficult. The person is faking their […]

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What Exactly is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

In this day and age, trauma and crisis seem to be the norm as opposed to the exception.  If you watch the nightly news, you will be immediately bombarded by stories of murder, suicide, accidents, terrorist threats, and natural disaster.  The news stations will often interview victims, rescue workers, and bystanders to share their experiences.  […]

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How Common is an Exhibitionism Disorder?

Sex and sexuality have been studied for centuries and different cultures have their own unique perspectives about what constitutes appropriate and “normal” sexual expression and sexual conduct. What has been learned when studying sexuality is that most people have a particular thing that stimulates them sexually; and while there is nothing inherently “wrong” about what […]

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What is Acute Stress Disorder?

When someone experiences a severe or traumatic event in their life, they can begin to develop disruption in their mental health and overall functioning. Mental health professionals describe these mental, physiological, and emotional changes using a variety of descriptions based on what the person identifies experiencing. Acute stress disorder is one of the classifications that […]