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Month: August 2016

How You Can And Why You Should Raise Mental Health Awareness

mental health illnesses affect 1 in 4 people. Is it really right that 90% of those face stigma and discrimination because of it?  Mental health illnesses are a lot more common than most people think and in this post, I am going to go over why people don’t talk about mental health, why you should raise awareness for mental health and ways you can. I have my own blog called Depression For Teens where I talk about mental health illnesses such as depression and ways to raise awareness as well as various other things so be sure to take...

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Denying Racism And Other Forms Of Gaslighting

“If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out that’s not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. And they haven’t even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there.”  —The Original X-Man First Class, Brother Malcolm. So for the past few years, I’ve conducted a little social experiment. Much like Jigsaw from the horror films Saw, I’ve played a little game with whites. I would share my firsthand...

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Depression and Anxiety: Can the Right “Brain Foods” Help Your Mood?

Brain Foods: The Link between mental health and What You Eat Depression and anxiety disorders are no joke. Often misunderstood or undiagnosed, these emotional disorders can lead to a severe decline in your quality of life. Instead of ignoring them or medicating, a proper diet with “brain food” may be the key to better mental health. Foods that help with depression often have additional health benefits as well. Your brain needs nutrients like vitamins (especially B1, B9, B12, D, and E), omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Fatty fish, animal proteins, nuts and leafy greens are among the top foods to include in your diet. Probiotic foods are also high on the list, for the impact they have on physical, mental and emotional health. 10 Probiotic Foods for Depression and Anxiety Here are the top probiotic foods that help with depression and anxiety: Yogurt – Everyone’s favorite probiotic food, yogurt is packed with the friendly lactobacillus bacteria found in milk and cheese. It’s great for improving and regulating digestive health, but also helps with anxiety and depression. Avoid artificially sweetened or flavored yogurt, though. Kefir – This fermented drink can be made from cow, sheep and goat milk as well as coconut, soy, almond and other vegan milks. Rich in probiotic bacteria (from the milk and yeast), it also contains the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose....

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Research Study Invitation: MindTrails Project

MindTrails Project – A new, computer-based anxiety-reduction program Do you struggle with extreme anxiety? The Teachman PACT lab at the University of Virginia is looking for adults (age 18 and older) who struggle with anxiety symptoms to enroll in a new, computer-based anxiety-reduction program. We are recruiting participants to help us learn how we can help individuals combat anxiety via online training. To determine your eligibility for the study, visit https://mindtrails.virginia.edu and click on “Am I Eligible?” The study involves 8 sessions (over the course of 4 weeks), each lasting 20 minutes or less, as well as four 15-minute assessments...

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