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Drama therapy for mental health
  Drama therapy for mental health

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.” So writes Shakespeare in “As You Like It.” The bard’s words have never been more true than today, as clinicians have begun using drama to help patients overcome many difficulties in their lives, including behavioral health disorders. How drama therapy works The […]

Study suggests hostility in youth causes cognition problems in later life
  Study suggests hostility in youth causes cognition problems in later life

The teenage years are a stressful time that can leave some young adults with a short fuse. Fortunately, most teens tend to mellow out as they age. Those who retain their hostile personality traits into their later years run the risk of behavioral health problems. According to a recently published study, young people who have […]

Mental fortitude presses onward despite the fog
  Mental fortitude presses onward despite the fog

Florence Chadwick was born in San Diego, California, on Nov. 9, 1918, and she was an excellent swimmer. She was the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel, Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. She was not the first woman to swim across the English Channel, but she was the first woman […]

Is substance abuse a mental illness?
  Is substance abuse a mental illness?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines a mental disorder as a “condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.” By parsing this definition, a case can be made that substance abuse falls well within the […]

The effects of media on body image
  The effects of media on body image

Even if you don’t know what a meme is, you’ve probably been exposed to one at least once, especially if you’re a regular internet user. First coined by biologist and author Richard Dawkins in the 1970s, a meme is a symbol, idea or behavior that is passed between people nongenetically. Internet memes are generally harmless […]

Early life stress linked to impaired reward activity, study finds
  Early life stress linked to impaired reward activity, study finds
Posted inChildren, Research, stress

Children learn how to cope with adverse and stressful situations as part of their healthy development. Similar to adults, children may worry about their performance at school, making friends, dealing with peer pressure, and meeting the additional demands and pressures from a number of sources, including parents, teachers, coaches and peers. In most instances, the […]

Understanding temperament: Temperament predicts substance abuse
  Understanding temperament: Temperament predicts substance abuse

Temperament refers to “built-in” tendencies to react to external stimulation in a consistent way over time. These tendencies are shaped either positively or negatively through interactions with others. Part 1 and part 2 of this series discussed how to understand temperament and promote positive interactions that bring out the best in everyone. Temperament is determined […]

5 ways people self-medicate
  5 ways people self-medicate

Substance abuse is a common form of self-medication that people with mental health conditions tend to rely on to cope with their emotional distress. The self-medication theory of addiction was proposed in 1985 by Edward J. Khantzian, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, to describe the tendency for people to use alcohol […]

What contributes to the development of schizophrenia?
  What contributes to the development of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are severe mental illnesses (SMI) characterized by debilitating symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions and cognitive impairments that affect how a person thinks, feels and acts as well as his or her ability to function normally in everyday life. People who develop schizophrenia often develop symptoms suddenly in their late teens […]

Deep brain stimulation may treat resistant anorexia nervosa
  Deep brain stimulation may treat resistant anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a devastating disease and carries the highest morbidity and mortality out of any mental illness. It is characterized by a very low body weight, a decrease or the absence of food intake and a disturbance in the way in which body weight is perceived. Treatment is primarily aimed at a multitude […]

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