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Unhappiness Solutions for the Happiest Countries in the World Happiness Report

Nordic countries, such as Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and others, routinely rank at the top of the list in the United Nation’s (UN) World Happiness Report, and 2019 was no exception. The six variables used for scoring by the UN in the World Happiness Report that support overall well-being are: Healthy life expectancy Social […]




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7 Myths About Mental Health Debunked

Public awareness surrounding issues of mental health has come a long way in the last 50 years. Organizations like the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) have helped fund research that’s generated knowledge about the biology of mental disorders, which in turn, has lead to advances in diagnoses and treatments. The very nature of mental […]




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Panic Attack vs. Anxiety Attack vs. Heart Attack

Though panic attacks, anxiety attacks and heart attacks are three very different things, it’s not always easy to discern the sometimes subtle differences in symptoms while in the midst of any one of these events. Seek immediate medical attention when experiencing sudden chest pain that spreads to other parts of the body, such as the […]




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Dry Drunk Syndrome : Sobriety Without the Relief of Recovery

Bodily injuries often require physical therapy during and after the healing process. The benefits of rehab are that a person experiences less pain, gets back some or all of their mobility and avoids further complications down the road. Forgoing physical therapy increases the risk of further injury. The same can be said about recovering from […]




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Opioids and the Brain: NIDA Researchers Use Brain Imaging to Study Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction hijacks the brain’s normal chemical balance, making it nearly impossible for a person to feel pleasure, or even be functional, without the drug. Addiction essentially changes the structure and function of the brain. Now, researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are using brain imaging to see if different medications – […]




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Sober Curious? A Hangover-free Lifestyle That’s Quickly Gaining Ground With All Ages

America’s booze-consuming culture is almost impossible to avoid. There are after-work drinks, drinks at professional networking events, drinks at office parties, drinks at regular parties, drinks with friends, drinks with family, drinks on a date, drinks before dinner, after-dinner drinks, drinks __________ (fill in the blank). There is now, however, a growing movement of “Sober […]




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Drug Deactivation Bags Dispose of Opioids & Prescription Medications

The epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose, largely a result of prescription painkillers, is still one of the country’s most pressing issues, though it might not always be in the headlines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that of the more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017 alone, 68 percent involved […]




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What is High Functioning Depression?

Sometimes the symptoms of depression are easy to spot in ourselves or others, but what about in situations when there’s simply a nagging sadness, a drag in our energy or a lack of normal focus even when, on the outside, everything seems like it’s going great? This might be a case of High Functioning Depression, […]




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Positive Aspects of Social Media on Mental Health

Social media, like most things in life, isn’t necessarily all bad or all good. There’s no doubt that social networking sites – Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and others – can have a negative impact on mental health, but is there a flip side to that coin? Most experts believe yes, there is. And the good […]




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Is Social Media Bad for Your Mental Health?

Since the beginning of social media, which started around 1997 with sites like Six Degrees and then later Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, the belief was that greater connectivity to loved ones, friends, colleagues and even strangers would benefit people. More than two decades later, the prevailing opinion of mental health experts is that moderation […]




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