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Winnie the Pooh and Mental Illness – Mental Health Month Reality or Coincidence?

It might not be a mistake that October, just ahead of holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and (gasp!) the New Year, is a month filled with mental health awareness events. Amid all the discussion about psychological wellbeing, it’s a little surprising, though certainly fun, to see social media abuzz with the idea that characters from A.A. […]




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Lexapro and Weed – Are Marijuana and Antidepressants Safe to Mix?

Nearly 13 percent of the people in the United States, aged 12 and older, takes some sort of antidepressant for depression, anxiety or other issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 2018 study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that almost 15 percent of U.S. adults reported smoking […]




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Suicide Spike Among Police, Farmers, Military and Teens

The second week in September is National Suicide Awareness Week, an annual awareness event sponsored by Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and, sadly, the situation is growing more desperate. According to the […]




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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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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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Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month in May

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that makes it difficult for a person to regulate their emotions. The prevalence of the condition in the United States is difficult to measure because of the high incidence of misdiagnosis, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates nearly 6 percent of the population […]




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Spravato (Esketamine) for Treatment Resistant Depression – An FDA Approved “Breakthrough Therapy”

In March 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Spravato (Esketamine) for use in patients diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression. Spravato is a nasal spray that can only be administered by an approved health care provider, in the physician’s office or clinic, because the main ingredient is a chemical relative of […]




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