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Month: August 2013

How to Manage Trauma in the Workplace

School shootings, office violence, threats against co-workers – these are becoming regular headlines. Such dire circumstances are indeed traumatic, but the workplace does not need to be the center of such extreme danger in order to be a place where trauma affects the job. Projected layoffs, sexual harassment, theft, natural disaster and domestic violence can …

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Childhood Experiences May Dictate Behavior During Tragedies

If you take a step back and think about your childhood, what’s your earliest memory? Chances are your earliest memory will have been a major emotional event, at least in the life of a toddler or small child. And major events throughout childhood help make us the people we become as adults — our values, …

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Not All Happiness Is Created Equal, Researchers Say

In the popular imagination, all happy people have increased chances of living healthy and fulfilling lives. However, according to the results of a new study published in July 2013 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, not all types of happiness have the same beneficial effects on mental and physical health. People who …

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Gambling Addiction May Develop As a Way to Handle Stress

Addiction to illegal drugs and addiction to alcohol often co-occur within an individual with a mental disorder, such as depression or anxiety. In addition, those with a substance use disorder may cite stress as a factor that led to the development of their addiction. When it comes to pathological gambling, there may be a connection …

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Bullied Children 400 Times More Likely to Harm Themselves in Teen Years

Bullying is the common term for a range of physical and non-physical behaviors that center on the use of aggression to demean others and assert power and social control. Current estimates indicate that 20 percent to 30 percent of teenagers and younger children in the U.S. are exposed to at least some of these behaviors. …

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Binge-Eating Disorder Is Now a Mental Illness

Binge/purge anorexia (also known as binge-eating/purging type anorexia) is a subtype of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa that varies somewhat from the common perception of that disorder. People affected by binge/purge anorexia participate in some of the same behaviors that characterize two other diagnosable eating disorders, called bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. However, each of …

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Chronic Pain Sufferers Likely to Have Anxiety, Study Finds

The medical community is increasingly finding that mental and physical health are closely intertwined. Screenings for multiple areas of mental health are important when treating physical health concerns because many physical health conditions, and particularly those of a chronic nature, are connected with mental health issues. A new study provides evidence that anxiety is closely …

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Art Therapy Helps Heal Recovering Addicts

The pain, struggle and trauma associated with drug addiction can be difficult to put into words. Art therapy is the practice of engaging a client through the use of creative media, including collage, painting, drawing, pastels, sculpture and other forms of expression as a part of a treatment program. Recovering addicts, troubled teens and anyone …

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How To Work Step Six

We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The Alcoholics Anonymous authored book, The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, famously calls step six “the step that separates the men from the boys.” What the AA folks mean by this is that compiling a list of one’s character defects and then …

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