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Month: January 2016

Learning How to Switch Off With Mindfulness

How many times a week do you hear someone talking about how stressed they feel, how life is too frantic and how they wish they could find a way to relax and calm down? And maybe it’s not just other people who feel like that. Maybe you have the same thoughts. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are millions of people for whom feeling stressed has become a normal way of life. We all lead increasingly busy lives, packed with activity. And with that busy lifestyle comes a feeling of pressure, which often manifests itself as stress. Sometimes the stress...

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What is Bipolar Disorder

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extremes of mood. Formerly known as Manic Depression, a sufferer can experience severe depression along with periods of mania or hypomania. The condition can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or background and Bipolar is a relatively common illness affecting one in a hundred adults. It can occur at any age although it is more likely to develop between the ages of 18-24. It has proven difficult to establish the exact causes of the illness although it’s been shown that certain factors such as extreme stress,...

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Gun Safety and Mental Health Research Funding

First, let me make my opinion very clear, President Obama’s recent Executive Action was a very necessary and important step toward more responsible gun safety. I also believe other measures are necessary. While none of the steps toward gun safety include removing guns from anyone who currently owns them, they would require a full reporting of the purchase and sale of all weapons and ammunition as well as additional training in gun safety for currently licensed and all future gun owners. I also applaud the President’s commitment to increasing mental health research funding, but on this matter I believe more...

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