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Month: March 2017

Treatment for Severe Depression Without Medication

By Anita Taylor For far too many people suffering from the effects of a major depressive disorder (MDD) those pills or capsules prescribed by a well-intended doctor simply didn’t help.  In fact, studies on the efficacy of antidepressants for treating MDD reveal that anywhere from 30-50% of patients do not achieve remission, even after trying multiple types of these drugs.   Sometimes there may be a valid reason why the medication failed to relieve symptoms.  Possibly the initial diagnosis needs to be reconsidered, helping to better target the symptoms.  Other potential reasons for the antidepressants not working for a...

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Protect Your Teen from the Negative Effects of Social Media on Their Mental Health

Parents often worry about the dangers of too much technology on their young child’s developing mind. Yet, teenagers are just as at risk as preschoolers for falling prey to the risks that are associated with too much screen time. Today, teenagers are spending more time on social media, and the majority of kids in this age range have private accounts of which their parents may not be aware. While going online can be a good thing when a teen uses it as a positive resource for research and support, you should be aware as a parent of these negative...

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3 Types of Mental Health Abuse and How to Fight Back

It’s easy for people to tell you to just leave an abusive relationship. But they have no idea what you are going through and they have no idea just what may happen to you if you do leave. You fell in love with this person who seemed like a dream partner when you first started dating. It is easy to hope for that person to return. But maybe life’s circumstances have changed the one you love and they have become abusive rather than loving. Life’s obstacles such as substance abuse, financial problems, grief, and even physical pain can change...

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Why You Should Participate in a Team Sport

Since ancient times, even before the Greeks hosted the Olympic games, team sports have been a part of human civilization.  There is a good reason: team sports have many benefits both in and beyond the physical.  Team sports have been implemented for social, military, and other purposes for arguably thousands of years. And why? Because it’s fun. Even if you are not an athletic juggernaut, sports are an entertaining and fulfilling endeavor in its own right. Here are just a few reasons why you should participate in a team sport. Make Friends Feeling stuck in a rut with friendships lately?  Maybe you have moved to a new town and you are getting to know the place, or many of your friends have moved away.  Being new to an unfamiliar place or not having family and friends around can lead to feelings of anxiety and isolation.  Prevent these feelings by participating in sports that allow you to interact with others. These new friends can show you around town and get you plugged into a community. It is also a great way to simply branch out in your own town and get the lay of the land much more quickly. Improve Critical Thinking Team sports force you to think quickly on your feet.  In a split second, you must analyze your position, assess the field, and decide the best course of...

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What to Do After You Lose a Loved One

What to Do After You Lose a Loved One When you lose a loved one, whether he or she be a parent, grandparent, other family member, or close friend, the loss can feel confusing. The truth is that everyone experiences grief and sorrow differently, and there is no wrong way to feel it.  Some people feel devastated, others feel jumbled, many fall into depression, and some people feel a complete sense of emptiness where they can’t identify how they feel at all.  When it comes to dealing with the passing of a loved one, there is no way around...

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