Archive for January, 2014

The Bipolar Diet: Five Foods To Eat During Mania

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The best treatment plan for bipolar disorder includes a mixture of regular sessions with a mental health therapist, medication and a healthy lifestyle. Part of a healthy lifestyle includes a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. As we’ve previously mentioned, adding certain foods to your diet—as well as avoiding certain foods ...

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Alcoholism And Addiction: Dealing With Denial

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The power of denial is very strong. This is especially true when it comes to those addicted to alcohol or drugs. An addict can come up with a million excuses for why they use, and some of them sound real enough for them to believe it themselves. Unfortunately, you can’t force a person to start ...

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Ten Tips For Your First Therapy Session

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GrouptherapyBeginning treatment with a mental health therapist can be extremely nerve-wracking. After all, you’re about to divulge a lot of information about your personal life with a stranger. If you’ve never been to any kind of therapy before, you may have no idea what to expect or have a preconceived notion that causes you ...

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Five Tips For Dealing With Difficult People

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It’s one thing to take care of your own mental health and well-being. If you have healthy habits, stay away from addictive substances and see your Costa Mesa therapist, you’re probably feeling good about your overall health. Unfortunately, you can’t control the mental health of others, and you’re bound to come across some difficult people in your everyday life. Whether it’s a colleague, a family member or someone in your social circle, here are five tips for dealing with ...

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Genetic Mutation May Increase Understanding of ADHD

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From smoking during pregnancy to additives lurking on food, there is quite a bit of speculation about what causes ...

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Autism’s Impact Affected By Sensory Integration

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4146730230_b3a38326a2Children with autism are often faced with sensory processing issues. Every autism specialist has struggled to understand the sensory tricks the condition can play on children’s minds. Now, a newly released study may have the answer: children with autism spectrum disorders have trouble integrating simultaneous information from their eyes and their ears.

The study, published ...

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Childhood Bullying Could Result In Psychosis

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Childhood bullying is a real problem in our country. According to Bullyingstatistics.org, an estimated one in four children is bullied at school on a regular basis. While childhood bullies are far from new, there are few studies that have been done to determine just how much being bullied as a child will ...

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Do You Know A Narcissist?

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There are plenty of arrogant people in the world, but having an inflated sense of self worth does not make someone a narcissist. A selfish person puts their own needs and desires first without taking others into consideration. But narcissists cut others off, become emotionally isolated and lose all ability to feel empathy for others. While narcissism typically results from a traumatic event, it can still be difficult to understand.

Some symptoms of narcissism include:

  • Believing that he or she is special ...
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Perimenopause May Increase Depression Risk In Women

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Before women begin menopause, they tend to experience perimenopause. This is the time in life when menstrual periods begin to slow down and eventually stop, usually affecting them between the ages of 45 and 55. Because of all the reproduction-related hormonal changes that happen, perimenopausal women have an increased risk of depression. This is ...

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Peer Solicitation Helps Children With Autism

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Recently, researchers studied playground interactions between children with autism and their peers. They found that peer solicitation—specifically, a child inviting another child to play—can improve reciprocal social interaction among autistic children. The study was published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

While the children with autism did engage in less play than their typically developing ...

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Is It Normal Anxiety Or Anxiety Disorder? How To Tell

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NervousWe all have things in life that we worry about, and sometimes that worry can get overwhelming. We’re told that some anxiety in life is normal, yet up to 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder. Telling the difference between normal worry and generalized anxiety disorder can be difficult, particularly during ...

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Five Mental Health Resolutions To Make This Year

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339912423_4416699c99_oThe beginning of a new year means fresh starts and focusing on our goals. And while it’s true that making resolutions can be stressful and lead to disappointment, setting realistic short-term and long-term goals can be very beneficial. Whether or not you’re in treatment at a counseling center, making mental health ...

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