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The Hard Truth About Mental Health — My Life with PTSD & Bipolar

This is how being bipolar 2 feels like. You don’t know what’s coming. It’s a Rollacoaster but how far will I drop? Will I be able to handle it like a mature adult or will I yell and scream. I hope not. The hard truth about mental illness. It’s hard to fix yourself. I experienced […] … Continue reading The Hard Truth About Mental Health — My Life with PTSD & Bipolar

Mental Health or Mental Illness? — How I Killed Betty!

I dislike the terms ‘Mental Heath’ and/or ‘Mental Illness’. Actually that’s a bit of an understatement. For me, simply using the word ‘mental’ immediately brings images to my mind of the mental asylums of old, with padded cells, beds with wide leather straps and children being torn from the arms of their mothers. The film […] … Continue reading Mental Health or Mental Illness? — How I Killed Betty!

Trauma Can Make it Hard for Kids To Learn, Here’s How Teachers Learn To Deal With That – Adeshina Emmanuel

There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. Researchers have tied stressful events such as divorces, deportations, neglect, sexual abuse and gun violence to behavioral problems, lower math and reading scores, and poor health. The latest research, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, finds that children who endure severe stress are more likely … Continue reading Trauma Can Make it Hard for Kids To Learn, Here’s How Teachers Learn To Deal With That – Adeshina Emmanuel

Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients – Susannah Fox

In an ideal world, when we are faced with a new health problem, a clinician is available to sit down and address all our questions and anxieties about the condition and its treatment. This ideal is rarely met in the United States health system. More typically, we’re rushed through doctor visits that fly by too … Continue reading Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients – Susannah Fox

Living Empathy, Active Listening are Keys To Understanding Those Thinking of Suicide – Carolina Living

Suicide is a tough topic. It has been in the headlines recently with the passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. The topic has spurred much debate on mental health awareness and reform. I understand it is a sensitive issue and challenging for many to talk about. However, I am not one to shy away … Continue reading Living Empathy, Active Listening are Keys To Understanding Those Thinking of Suicide – Carolina Living

Social Interaction Is Critical for Mental and Physical Health – Jane E. Brody

Hurray for the HotBlack Coffee cafe in Toronto for declining to offer Wi-Fi to its customers. There are other such cafes, to be sure, including seven of the eight New York City locations of Café Grumpy. But it’s HotBlack’s reason for the electronic blackout that is cause for hosannas. As its president, Jimson Bienenstock, explained, … Continue reading Social Interaction Is Critical for Mental and Physical Health – Jane E. Brody

To Counter Loneliness, Find Ways to Connect – Jane E. Brody

A four-minute film produced for the UnLonely Film Festival and Conference last month featured a young woman who, as a college freshman, felt painfully alone. She desperately missed her familiar haunts and high school buddies who seemed, on Facebook at least, to be having the time of their lives. It reminded me of a distressing … Continue reading To Counter Loneliness, Find Ways to Connect – Jane E. Brody

The Neuroscience of Depression in the Brain – Emma Allen

Depression is a multifaceted and insidious disorder, nearly as complex as the brain itself. As research continues to suggest, the onset of depression can be attributed to an interplay of the many elements that make us human—namely, our genetics, the structure and chemistry of our brains, and our lived experience. Second only, perhaps, to the … Continue reading The Neuroscience of Depression in the Brain – Emma Allen

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade And The Question Of Why – Henna Inam

The question “why?” has been reverberating through my head. This week, many of us experienced a stunned sadness. The suicides of two celebrities, Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, left us wondering what happened. What did we miss? The Bourdain and Spade suicides have opened up new questions about my assumptions about dream careers. Bourdain and … Continue reading Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade And The Question Of Why – Henna Inam

Play Brain Games to Help Your Child Learn to Read – Judy Willis

Reading is not a natural process for the human brain.We are born with the brain architecture ready for development of successful verbal communication, but without any blueprint guiding recognition of the printed word. Neuroimaging scans show that multiple brain regions activate during the reading process without any one isolated reading center. The human brain is … Continue reading Play Brain Games to Help Your Child Learn to Read – Judy Willis

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