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Mental Health And Pet Ownership

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Having a pet is a huge responsibility, and it’s certainly not for everyone. Dogs especially require a lot of time, patience, exercise and money to stay happy and healthy. That being said, numerous studies have shown that pet ownership can help tremendously with mental health issues, especially depression. While a pet can never replace proper mental health treatment at an orange county counseling center, if you have the means, adopting a furry friend may be worth looking into.

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Easy Ways To Take Control Of Your Attitude

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The popular expression “attitude is everything” may not be entirely true, but the fact is, optimistic people are more pleasant to be around. Positive people tend to have healthier relationships with others, live longer and beat physical and mental illnesses faster. Oftentimes an excessively negative attitude is a sign of underlying depression and best treated by behavioral health services. However, there are plenty of things people can do outside the psychiatrist’s office to improve their attitudes.

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Healing ADD with Dr. Tucker

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How To Slow Down And Reduce Your Stress Levels

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The benefits of stress reduction are invaluable. The effects of too much stress include emotional outbursts, poor physical health, disease and mental illness. And while some stress in life is unavoidable, we can reduce our stress levels simply by slowing down. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress anxiety, contact a counseling center right away. Here are some other tips for slowing down to reduce stress:

1. Allow yourself more time than you think is necessary to complete a task. Instead ...

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Mothers Of Autistic Kids Benefit From Peer-Led Support Groups

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The benefits of group therapy and women’s group sessions are widely known. They help people feel supported and less alone with their problems. Now, new research from Vanderbilt University indicates that peer-led support groups that target the wellbeing of mothers with developmentally disabled children can reduce maternal stress, depression and anxiety.

The mental health of these mothers is critically important since parents of children with autism and other developmental issues experience higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than mothers ...

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How Parental Involvement Helps Kids Succeed In School

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For those with children, September is a month of transition as young students adjust to being back at school. If your children have OCD, ADHD or anything else that interferes with their learning, they’re probably already getting some help from a child psychiatrist. But it doesn’t end there. Positive parental involvement will help children succeed in school, and every new year is a new opportunity to put helpful supports in place.

It’s certainly not a controversial statement to say that ...

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Eating Disorders: Mentally And Physically Unhealthy

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Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating disorder are categorized as mental illnesses. People with eating disorders not only have unhealthy relationships with food, but also typically struggle with body image issues and a disruption in their normal activities. In addition, they can be affected by physical symptoms such as lowered immune systems and weakened hearts. Now Finnish researchers have found that people with eating disorders are at an increased risk of developing autoimmune disorders as well.

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Autistic Children Have Extra Brain Synapses

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Scientists and doctors are continuously studying autism in order to improve the quality of autism and Asperger’s treatment. Columbia University Medical Center recently reported that children and teens with autism have a surplus of synapses in their brains, and the excess is due to a slowing of a normal brain “pruning” process during development. Synapses are the points where neurons connect and communicate with each other, the extra synapses likely have a profound effect on how the brain functions.

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Depressed? It’s Time For Therapy And Antidepressants

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Many people try to handle their depression on their own. But if you’re like most people and you’ve struggled with moderate to severe depression, you should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments: therapy and antidepressant medication. Many people opt for one or the other or do nothing at all. In making that choice, they can short-change their chances at a faster recovery.

If you’ve been struggling with depression, look into behavioral health services in your area. Be honest about your ...

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What Anxiety Disorders Really Look Like

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To someone who does not suffer from anxiety, anxiety disorders probably seem very strange. The popular opinion seems to be that people should just “think mind over matter” and simply “get over it.” Unfortunately anxiety disorders are much more complicated than that. They can be severely debilitating. While seeking appropriate behavioral health services will help, living with an anxiety disorder means constantly struggling with the strange thoughts and behaviors that threaten an otherwise healthy life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

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Why Children With ADHD Sometimes Make Poor Choices

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Children with ADHD certainly aren’t bad children. Still, students with ADHD often make poorer decisions than their classmates. Recent research shows that different learning and decision-making mechanisms are responsible for these behaviors—in other words, it’s simply how their brains are wired. ADHD children who receive behavioral therapy from a child psychiatrist often have the advantage due to learning coping skills.

Everyone makes hundreds of different choices every day, many of them with minimal impact. But for someone with ADHD, it ...

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Depression Can Be Contagious For College Roommates

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If you know anyone heading off to college, take note: studies have shown that depression can be contagious among college roommates. Negative thinking styles that make people vulnerable to depression can “spread” from one student to another. Help the college student in your life keep from “catching” the cognitive vulnerability with these tips.

1. Spend time around positive people. The influence of cognitive vulnerability can go both ways, and hanging out with optimistic people can help counteract the effects of a ...

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