Mental Health Articles

Are You Always Late?

“Fashionably late” is no longer in fashion. In today’s heavily scheduled world, it is the punctual who are respected and admired. Even though most of us know this, some people are always late, no matter how much time they have to get ready. You may be one of them. Do any of the following sound familiar?

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So You’ve Been Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

If you’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) you are not alone. It has been estimated that over 2 million people in the United States suffer from this form of mental illness which involves episodes of both mania and depression.

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The Death Of A Child

There may be nothing in life as devastating as the death of a child. Elders are supposed to pass on before their young. After all, that is nature’s law. Yet, “Death hath no dominion.” And, life is not always fair.

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Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness exercises let you “tune in” to yourself. Distractions are let go, and your brain power is increased. The exercises help you think more clearly and concentrate better. The best news is that they are easier than you might think to learn.

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How to Replace Bad Habits with Good Ones

Few things are more difficult than kicking bad habits or developing more positive ones. But it is definitely worth the effort. Bad habits like smoking, overeating or self-criticism shorten lives and lead to underachievement, and unsuccessful attempts to change them lower self-esteem.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

That time of the year is here again when many people feel down. Some call that down feeling Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), cabin Fever, or just the winter blahs. These are types of depression or blues that occur during winter months. Persons with post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may be especially susceptible to these moods. We are not sure of the cause of these problems but many think they are related to decreased exposure to light.

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health

It is important to work at balancing your life with work, pleasure, exercise, healthful eating, and sufficient rest and relaxation. Life is very stressful with changes and continual bombardment of information that bring all the worries of the world in to our homes daily.

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What Is Anxiety

Those who are constantly feeling nervous may be wondering if they are suffering from anxiety. What is anxiety, and what are some of the anxiety symptoms that may surface when someone is feeling nervous? Anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person, and they can range from really severe to surprisingly mild. Anxiety is a common mental health problem and affects nearly 20% of the population. More women than men are affected, and anxiety symptoms come in several different forms, which make diagnosing them problematic.

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