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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 true whether or not they have a history of ...

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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 peers, other children facilitated and increased their interactions ...

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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 challenging times in your life. But knowing the difference ...

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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 resolutions is just as important as setting goals for ...

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New Year’s Eve Tips For People in Recovery

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Pouring_two_champagne_glassesThe holiday season can be a trying time for people in recovery for alcoholism or drug abuse. New Year’s Eve is especially difficult, as the holiday is known for drinking. If you’re in recovery or planning to stay sober, here are some tips to help you make it to 2014 without a slip:

  • Make a list of all the reasons you stopped drinking or ...
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ADHD And The Holidays

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The holiday season is a busy time. Between traveling to visit family, entertaining guests and going to seasonal events, your family routine is bound to be disrupted. To a child with ADHD, the excitement and anticipation surrounding holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah can be overwhelming.  The combination of your ADHD child’s excitement and the schedule changes can lead to behavioral issues.

Here are some tips for helping your child enjoy the holiday festivities on their best behavior.

  • Maintain as much of a ...
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Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

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1223121_12456555There are all kinds of facts and speculations about the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, many Americans are either somewhat misinformed or simply don’t know much about it. Since more and more children and adults are getting diagnosed with autism each year, it’s important that people at least have a basic understanding of what it is and how it affects people. The sooner someone is ...

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Repeated Blows To The Head In Sports Can Cause Brain Changes

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newport beach sports psychiatryAs this year’s football season draws closer to its end, professional players will get a chance to rest and recuperate for awhile. Unfortunately, they may not be the same as they were when the season started. A new study shows that repeated blows to the head during a season of contact sports may cause changes in the brain’s white matter ...

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Pay It Forward: Random Acts Of Kindness Make You Happier

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We are always advised to “pay it forward,” meaning commit random acts of kindness for strangers and friends. Not only does a random act of kindness make the recipient feel happy and grateful, but it has been said to make the givers feel better about themselves, too. The holiday season is a time when people are especially encouraged to pay it forward thanks ...

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New Screening For Adult Autism Will Aid In Diagnosis

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It is much easier to diagnose a child with autism than an adult. Distinguishing autism from other psychiatric conditions can be difficult since adults’ symptoms often overlap and can be similar to things like ADHD and schizophrenia. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have developed a new screening tool to facilitate the diagnosis of autism in adults.

Screening methods used for diagnosing adults with an autism spectrum disorder can be time-consuming and require a great deal of expertise from an autism ...

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Ten Tips For Boosting Your Self-Esteem

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1195767_36244650Living with a mental illness means battling more than the illness itself. Having a mental disorder can wreak havoc on a person’s confidence and self-esteem. Having high self-esteem is not only important for achieving optimal mental health; it is vital for reaching important goals in life and having healthy relationships. Every mental health therapist knows that addressing the issue of self-confidence is ...

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