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Setting New Year’s Resolutions When You Have Anxiety

by Natasha Tracy B.Sc  -  January 17th, 2022

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New year’s resolutions are common, but some people have trouble making them, and, of course, many people have trouble keeping them. One reason a person might have trouble making resolutions is anxiety.

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28 Ways to Have a Great Holiday Even with Depression

by Natasha Tracy B.Sc  -  December 20th, 2021

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Having a great holiday can be hard for many but having a great holiday when you have depression can seem almost impossible. It’s natural to think this way, after all, depression tends to make people think of the worst-case scenario.

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4 Effects of Holidays on Mental Health

by Natasha Tracy B.Sc  -  December 6th, 2021

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Holidays have many effects on mental health. Some people look at the holidays with a spark of wonder in their eyes while others look at them with dread.

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Parents Killed by COVID-19 and the Grief of the 40,000 Kids Left Behind

by Natasha Tracy  -  June 14th, 2021

Parents Killed by COVID-19 and the Grief of the 40,000 Kids Left Behind preview

When people think of COVID-19 deaths, people typically envision an older person, maybe even an older person in a care home. And while many people who have died of COVID-19 are older, about one in five COVID-19 deaths are of people under the age of 65.

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Mental Health of Employees; What Can Employers Do?

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 12th, 2021

How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Mental Health of Employees; What Can Employers Do? preview
COVID-19 is affecting employers in legal, medical, and just plain human ways. This previously unheard-of challenge of a pandemic is making everything at work more difficult, whether that’s because employees are working from home, because they’re frontline workers and at-risk, or simply because the coronavirus is affecting employee’s health, including their mental health.

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Prescribe a Video Game for Children with ADHD?

by Natasha Tracy  -  November 2nd, 2020

Prescribe a Video Game for Children with ADHD preview

Most of us know a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as about 3-7% of children have ADHD. And while medication has traditionally been useful in treating this, now, is it possible that video games could be a prescription for childhood ADHD? Read on to learn about ADHD in children and how a video game can now be prescribed to treat children with ADHD.

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Can Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Depression?

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 31st, 2019

Can Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Depression preview

Major depression is predicted to become the leading cause of disability in high-income countries by 2030. At the same time, added sugar consumption in those countries continues to rise. But do these two facts have a relationship? Is sugar bad for more than just your waistline and teeth? Can sugar actually cause depression? What does science have to say about sugar causing depression?

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Antidepressants vs. Antipsychotics – What’s the Difference?

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 12th, 2019

Commonly prescribed psychiatric medications include antidepressants and antipsychotics, in fact, sometimes they are even prescribed together. But do you know what antidepressants and antipsychotics really are? Did you know that antidepressants are commonly prescribed for things other than depression and antipsychotics and commonly prescribed for things other than psychosis? Read on to learn about the differences between antipsychotics and antidepressants, how they work, what they are used for and how to use them safely.

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What Is Anorexia Nervosa, the Most Lethal Mental Illness?

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 30th, 2019

Do you know the facts around anorexia nervosa? Do you know that anorexia nervosa is considered the deadliest mental illness? Do you know how people are dying of anorexia nervosa? These are extremely important things to understand considering some studies have the rate of anorexia nervosa among women at four percent.

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Instagram Accounts to Follow for Your Mental Health

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 1st, 2019

On Instagram, you can find information on everything, including mental health. However, Instagram can give you positive or negative messages about mental health. If you’re dealing with a mental health challenge, you want to focus on those accounts that can provide positive messages in the forms of trusted mental health information, motivational messages and maybe even a little humor. These are the best Instagram accounts to follow to support your mental health.

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7 Myths and Truths About Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

by Natasha Tracy  -  November 14th, 2017

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Many people have heard of seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD. It’s commonly thought of as a disorder where people are happy in the summer and sad in the winter. And while this is true in some cases, there is a lot more you need to understand about SAD. Read these seven seasonal affective disorder myths and truths to learn more – don’t miss the self-help tips at the bottom, either.

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Demi Lovato: Start Conversations on Living Well with Mental Illness

by Natasha Tracy  -  February 28th, 2017

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Demi Lovato is one of the most successful former Disney kids turn pop starts and she’s using her fame to advocate for those with mental health conditions. Demi Lovato lives with bipolar disorder. But Lovato doesn’t just live with bipolar disorder, she lives well with bipolar disorder.

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Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids

by Natasha Tracy  -  October 17th, 2016

Exercise Can Help the Mental Health of Kids preview

Most people know that adults need to work to maintain their mental health but few realize mental health is important in kids, too. While some think that childhood is entirely a feel-good time, it’s actually the case that about one in five children have a mental health challenge. In fact, millions of American children struggle with depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome and many other mental health concerns.

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One Question Identifies Teens at High Risk of Alcohol Abuse

by Natasha Tracy  -  July 18th, 2016

Teens Alcohol Abuse Risk preview

Teenagers and alcohol is a dangerous combination but professionals are working hard to develop assessment questions that can identify teens at risk of abusing alcohol.

A new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health in the United States, has found that a single question can assess whether a teen likely has a drinking problem.

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Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 4th, 2016

Syrian Refugees and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Major Concern preview
Syrian refugees face many challenges, but one that may be underestimated is the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some Syrian refugees. Considering the atrocities many Syrian refugees have experienced, PTSD, a serious mental illness, is a major concern.

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The New Year Can be a Clean Slate for the Mentally Ill, Too

by Natasha Tracy  -  January 11th, 2016

The New Year Can be a Clean Slate for the Mentally Ill, Too preview
When you wake up in the New Year, you may look at everything like it’s fresh and new. It’s why people make New Year’s resolutions – because the New Year can be an opportunity for us to turn the page and start anew.

However, if you wake up on New Year’s Day and you have the same mental illness as last year, thinking of January 1st as a clean slate can be much more difficult.

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The Link Between Diabetes and Mental Illness

by Natasha Tracy  -  November 16th, 2015

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People with diabetes have enough health concerns to deal with as do people with mental illness. Unfortunately, research shows that those with diabetes have a greater chance of also having a mental illness and those with a mental illness have a greater chance of having diabetes. In other words, if you have both, you’re certainly not alone.

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Will the New Facebook Dislike Button Harm Your Mental Health?

by Natasha Tracy  -  September 28th, 2015

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by Mattz90
Facebook is finally responding to users’ requests and adding a “dislike" button to Facebook posts. Just like the “like" button, users will soon be able to click a button to “dislike" a post. But the question is, is this new dislike button on Facebook going to harm people’s mental health? Will the dislike button actually make people feel better or worse when using this social media site?

Why Add a Dislike Button to Facebook?

“. . . people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it,"

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Online Cheating Can Have Real-World Consequences, Even Suicide

by Natasha Tracy   -  August 31st, 2015

This article was written by award-winning writer and speaker, Natasha Tracy. In the next article, she will offer the tips about How to Protect Your Mental Health If You’re on the Ashley Madison List

One of the largest data breaches in the world – the Ashley Madison hack of 30 million records – has proven that actions taken online on an adultery website have real-world consequences, too. Of course, after an alleged cheating partner is discovered, relationship separations and even divorces can occur, but worse than that, even hate crimes and unconfirmed suicides have resulted from the Ashley Madison hack. Online cheating actions are not made in a vacuum, they affect lives of spouses, children, and other loved ones in the real world as well.

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What Are Negative and Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia?

by Natasha Tracy  -  July 27th, 2015

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Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that affect about 1% of people worldwide. Schizophrenia affects the way a person thinks, feels, and perceives the world around him or her. The symptoms of schizophrenia include both positive and negative symptoms. “Positive" and “negative" do not refer to the symptom’s benefit or lack thereof but, rather, the nature of how they affect the person with schizophrenia. Positive symptoms are additions to consciousness (such as hallucinations) whereas negative symptoms are decreases in functionality (such as poverty of speech). In addition to positive and negative schizophrenia symptoms, there are also cognitive and mood symptoms to schizophrenia.

Positive Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Positive symptoms include symptoms of psychosis. Hallucinations and delusions are the primary symptoms of psychosis.

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Mental Health and “Game of Thrones”: Narcissists Oh My!

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 25th, 2015

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by outsiderzone
Mental health probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think Game of Thrones, and according to licensed mental health counselor Colleen Jordan, that’s probably a good thing because Game of Thrones is full of sociopaths, borderlines, narcissists, alcoholics, and people suffering from delusions. Character by character, mental illness is plotted throughout Westeros. Characters we love and characters we love to hate are all there in their mentally ill glory.

And while in real life that wouldn’t be any fun, in Westeros it sure makes for great drama.

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

by Natasha Tracy  -  May 14th, 2015

Borderline personality disorder (often shortened to BPD) is a mental illness that negatively affects one’s thoughts, feelings, mood, functioning, and relationships. In short, people with borderline personality disorder often have very strong emotions such as anger, despair, or anxiety that cause them to overreact or act-out in a variety of ways. In relationships, a person with BPD is likely to idealize the other person initially, and then devalue them in time, causing intense and unstable relationships. People with this disorder often turn to drugs and alcohol to handle these strong emotions. Borderline personality disorder is rarely diagnosed in those of 40 or those under 18.

These very strong emotional states and dysfunctional ways of dealing with them often lead to self-harm (in between 70-75% of cases) or even suicide.

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What is Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia?

by Natasha Tracy  -  April 9th, 2015

Childhood-onset schizophrenia is rare. The onset of schizophrenia is usually between the late teens and mid-30s with men experiencing a first psychotic episode, on average, in their early to middle 20s while women experience their first episode a little later, typically in their late 20s. Total numbers of people with schizophrenia reaches about 1% of the population.

That being said, a small percentage of people with schizophrenia have childhood-onset schizophrenia.

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50 Shades Readers More Likely to Suffer Mental Health Issues

by Natasha Tracy  -  February 23rd, 2015

by urbanbuzz
by urbanbuzz
Fifty Shades of Grey, a best-selling erotic book by author E. L. James, has set book sale records worldwide and recently been turned a feature film. But what does reading a book, or now, perhaps, watching a movie, tell us about the people who seek out a storyline that contains sexual scenes that include both bondage and violent discipline? Is it possible that people who choose to read 50 Shades of Grey do so because there is violence and abuse in their own lives? Do young adults who read 50 Shades of Grey actually have more mental health issues than others?

According to a study done at Michigan State University (MSU), the answer is yes.

A Study on the Mental Health of Those Who Read 50 Shades

Amy Bonomi, chairperson and professor in MSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, conducted a study with more than 650 women between the ages of 18-24 and found disturbing trends in those who chose to read 50 Shades of Grey.

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The Link between Bipolar Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Natasha Tracy  -  February 16th, 2015

Bipolar disorder is known as an affective, or mood, disorder. It is characterized by periods of extremely elevated mood (mania or hypomania) and periods of extremely low mood (depression) as well as euthymic (non-symptomatic) periods. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, on the other hand, can be thought of as an anxiety disorder and is characterized by intrusive, distressing and obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive mental or physical actions. (Note that in the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder is no longer included with the anxiety disorders and is actually considered its own category of disorder.)

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FDA Approved Bipolar Depression Medications

by Natasha Tracy  -  December 29th, 2014

Bipolar Medications by paulistano, despositphoto.com
Bipolar Medications by paulistano, despositphoto.com
When treating bipolar disorder (bipolar depression or bipolar mania/hypomania) a psychiatrist has many medications from which to choose. Typically, though, a doctor will choose a medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for that specific indication first. Doctors, however, do always have the options of prescribing medications approved for other uses as well.

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