Being a teenager is hard between peer pressure and physical and emotional changes, many teens develop eating disorders. To help protect your child, it is important to understand the signs of an eating disorder and know how to talk to your son or daughter about healthy eating habits. Signs and symptoms of teen eating disorders…

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Take a minute to think about something that gives you joy – that little something that puts a smile on your face. Chances are that when you thought of joy your job wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. Joy and work don’t often go hand-in-hand. We all spend a lot of time at…

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Researchers at the University of York have found that gardening can have positive a positive effect on mental health issues (https://tinyurl.com/y9lwabtj). The researchers undertook a systematic review of previous scholarship on gardening as a mental health intervention, and found that the studies all reported a positive outcome. These positive outcomes included reduced symptoms of depression…

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  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first two years of life, but high-functioning individuals may not be diagnosed until much later in life. More people than…

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Does the Thanksgiving weekend bring memories of fun times with family, playing football outside in the crunchy leaves and shopping until you drop? Or is it more like a nightmare of tipsy relatives bickering and complaining? Does preparing the Thanksgiving meal give you enjoyment or is a herculean task that has you stressed from Halloween…

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We all know THAT person. Someone who always has to be the center of attention or continually brags about themselves. You might call that person self-absorbed or narcissistic. But there’s a difference between being self-absorbed and having narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NDP is a mental illness. People with NPD have an inflated idea of themselves and…

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Thinking of bipolar disorder as just a ‘mood swing’ is a mistake. It’s a much more complicated and serious condition, but it is treatable. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes bipolar disorder as ‘a mental condition that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to complete day-to-day tasks.” Everyone experiences emotional ups…

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What do you usually do when you’re in physical pain? In all likelihood, you visit a doctor, get a diagnosis, and start treatment. It sounds pretty straightforward, right? And yet, when it comes to your mental health, you choose to ignore the symptoms, brush them under the carpet, and hope they’ll go away on their…

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Addiction is a chronic and complex disease that affects millions of lives. This can often lead to confusion and misunderstanding on just how addiction can impact someone’s body and brain. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, it is important to know that addiction can not be fought on sheer willpower alone.…

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All kids deal with peer pressure from their classmates. Even kids in elementary school may feel that they must meet the expectations of others or they are more likely to be bullied and such. The closer to high school they get, the worse it can become. The things they are encouraged to do as a…

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