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Improve Sleep with CBT

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About 10% of the general population struggles with falling and/or staying asleep. When dealing with a mood disorder or anxiety, the numbers are even higher. Fortunately, there are medications to help with this problem. But, even with medication, people can struggle to get the sleep they want and need.
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was founded in 1979 with the goal of being an advocacy organization for those diagnosed with mental illness, and for their loved ones. NAMI works to provide support and education, increase awareness, advocate for those with mental illness, and assist in research.
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Understanding Suicide

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It’s almost March and the sun is shining. Often we think about the darkest months of winter as being the time of year when suicide is most common. However, research indicates that the spring and summer months tend to have higher rates. There are many theories as to why this is the case, but unfortunately, none are definitive.
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Understanding Depression

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Depression affects one in ten Americans, but it’s hard to talk about. The word is something we toss around casually--“I’m so depressed! Our team didn’t make the play-offs”; or “My mom grounded me because I got a C in math-I’m so depressed!”; or, “”We went out on 3 dates but now she wants to be just friends. How depressing.”
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Acacia Parks, PhD is a professor of psychology, and knows quite a bit about positive psychology. She has become interested in studying self-help approaches. Self-help is at its best when it takes the best that clinical research has to offer, and makes it available and practical and useable for the general public. Dr. Parks has a new study and is recruiting participants. Participants will be evaluating two online programs designed to increase happiness, and you will hopefully develop new strateg...
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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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A Simple Explanation of Brain Chemistry

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Have you ever wondered why we are so proficient at noticing bad things, but we have to work a little harder to notice the good things in our lives? Here is an article that explains why this is the case. Dr Breuning refers to this phenomenon as "crisis goggles", and explains how endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine work to help us cope with crises that inevitably come as part of being human.
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Basic Information About Mental Health Disorders

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The National Institute sponsors the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). At NIMH's site, all the major mental health diagnoses are listed and link to further information. Each category, for example Anxiety, tells about different types of anxiety, causes, signs and symptoms, who is at risk to have it, treatments, what it is like living with it, and clinical trials (research) you can participate in to help scientists learn more about the disorder. NIMH's website is helpful for f...
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Happy New Year!

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With the new year, inevitably there are conversations about resolutions. Just yesterday I read that by January 6th, most of us have slipped, or broken the resolution we made on December 31st. Dr Lynn Johnson has made a video about this topic. He talks about the kind of goals that make us most happy. Hope you enjoy it. Best wishes for the new year.
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An Excellent Visual of Depression

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Follow the link below to view a video about depression:
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