Emotional Awareness
How to prepare for grief
08-29   How to prepare for grief

Nothing is more traumatic than sudden loss. Anyone who’s ever experienced a late-night phone call from a hospital or police station understands how quickly grief can enter life. Losses aren’t always sudden; sometimes, life forces people to prepare for grief in advance. Having a relative diagnosed with late-stage cancer is the sort of situation that makes […]

Acetaminophen decreases empathy as it relieves pain, study shows
07-07   Acetaminophen decreases empathy as it relieves pain, study shows

Acetaminophen is the main ingredient found in many painkillers such as Tylenol and is the most common drug ingredient in the United States, as it is found in over 600 medications. Acetaminophen is known to be a very effective fever reducer as well as a pain reliever. Acetaminophen is found in over-the-counter and prescription medications. […]

Drama therapy for mental health
05-31   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 […]

Understanding temperament: Temperament predicts substance abuse
05-24   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 […]

Understanding temperament: A primer for parents
05-17   Understanding temperament: A primer for parents

Temperament is a manner of behaving that is fairly consistent over time. As discussed in part 1 of this “Understanding temperament” series, temperament is closely related to personality. Understanding individual temperament can help parents realize that their children’s behavior should not be taken personally. Like hair color, people simply are the way they are. Parents […]

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