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The Behavioral Health of Boise

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The Behavioral Health of Boise
It seems that awareness is the area for largest improvement in Boise. With awareness comes better recognition of symptoms and mechanisms for treatment, which also increase with more allocation of resources, another decision that usually lies in the hands of a concerned community.
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What to Do When Traditional Therapy Is Not Working
Therapy is one of the best ways to deal with stress and depression, but it may not work all the time. Nevertheless, the fact that therapy may not work in some cases does not mean that you are beyond redemption. There are several alternatives to therapy that may help you deal with psychological problems.
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Quitting Smoking Often Increases Caffeine Intake

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If you have been cutting back on smoking, or have quit, you might have noticed an increase in your caffeine use. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's blog has an article about this. Here's a quote: For example, a smoker who usually drank two cups of coffee in the morning with a cigarette will feel stronger caffeine effects from the same two cups after quitting smoking. This is because smoking causes the body to metabolize caffeine more quickly. So, wh...
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Meditation for beginners

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In groups, we ask people to practice meditating as a way to cope with depression, anxiety, and cravings. In most groups, you probably have had the opportunity to practice a little bit.  Once you leave IOP, you might want a little more help. Here is a site that offers a free 7 day course on developing meditation skills. Take note of their tips on how to make meditation part of your daily routine. 
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Cigarette Smoking is Now Linked to More Diseases

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Last week the New England Journal of Medicine released a report on the risks of smoking. In addition to the diseases long known to be related to smoking, there were many others that showed a link to smoking. Among these were renal failure, hypertensive heart disease, infections, various respiratory diseases, breast and prostate cancers. If you would like help to quit smoking, please talk to your provider, or go to projectfilter.org.  Project Filter is Idaho’s Tobac...
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I came across this article from The Atlantic, printed last year. The title is For Depression, Prescribing Exercise before Medication, and talks about the research about exercise as a way to lift depression, before medication.  One point the article makes is that as a society, we are told, and perhaps believe, the 'cure' for depression is a pill. One psychiatrist in the article wryly stated, "There are no televised pharmaceutical ads for running." Perhaps if ...
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Stress and Sleep

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I heard an interesting piece this morning on NPR about how stress from the day is carried into sleep, or more accurately, how that stress keeps us from getting restful sleep.  You can listen to the story here. And helpful tips are provided.
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Happy Valentine's Day--Heart Health

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In honor of Valentine's Day, here is an interesting article explaining that there is a relationship between heart disease and depression. This article from the National Institute of Mental Health explains that while researchers aren't sure exactly why the relationship between depression and heart disease exists, there is one, nevertheless.
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