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Beating Holiday Blues With Women’s Group Therapy

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The holiday season is quickly approaching. For some, this really is “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for others, the holidays bring into sharp focus how desperately unhappy they feel. Unfortunately, the holidays are a prime time for depression, especially for women. They may be susceptible to the stress of unrealistically high expectations, feel lonely, face difficult family members and the financial pressure of traveling and buying gifts.

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How To Handle Controlling And Aggressive People

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In a perfect world, none of us would ever have to deal with difficult people—but unfortunately, we all do. They may be co-workers we see at work, acquaintances who are friends with our friends, or even family members we’ll have to see at get-togethers and holiday parties. Sometimes these people just have strong personalities, and sometimes their behavior is indicative of underlying mental issues.

On the surface, controlling and aggressive people may come across as hostile, demanding, confrontational and possibly even ...

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Depression and how it leads to Stress

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Not all stress is harmful to mental health. It motivates us and keeps us primed to respond to danger. But too much stress is very damaging to physical and mental well-being. In fact, chronic stress can lead to clinical depression.

Sustained or chronic stress elevates your “stress hormone” cortisol while reducing your levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Improper serotonin and dopamine levels are one of the main causes of depression. When the stress response fails to shut off ...

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Maternal Iron Intake linked to Autism Risk

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A new study released from researchers at the University of California, Davis’ MIND Institute in Sacramento and subsequently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that mothers of children who have autism spectrum disorder are less likely to have taken iron supplements than mothers of children without ASD.

Rebecca J. Schmidt, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and a researcher with the MIND Institute stated in the study that an iron deficiency, and its subsequent ...

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Pregnancy Intervals and Autism

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Pregnant_woman2A study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children conceived either less than one year or more than five years after the birth of their prior sibling were more likely to be autistic than children who were conceived between two to ...

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October is ADD/ADHD Awareness Month

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In addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the month that the Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to coffee shops everywhere, October is also ADD/ADHD Awareness Month. In fact, 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of ADD/ADHD Awareness Month, which started as ADHD Awareness Day back in 2004. To commemorate the month, here are ...

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Moving Past Inertia: Make a Decision, Any Decision

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We’ve all had moments of feeling stuck, unsure and unable to make a decision. But what happens when that feeling grows and magnifies and an initial feeling of being stuck gives way to avoidance and you soon find yourself mired in the quicksand of indecision?

Sometimes, we can push out of it by exploring it and asking ourselves what could possibly be causing the inertia? Is it a surface fear? Is there a deeper underlying reason? But there are times when ...

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Decoding The Different Types of ADD/ADHD

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Sometimes, it’s obvious when someone has ADHD…there’s the constant fidgeting, getting easily distracted and leaving things unfinished. But sometimes it’s a lot more difficult to tell when someone has it. That’s because ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. As any child psychiatrist will tell you, there are actually several types of ADHD and they all require different treatment plans.

Dr. Daniel Amen, an MD, psychiatrist and ADHD expert, has divided the types of ADHD into seven. His seven subtypes were ...

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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.

Pets offer a ...

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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.

If you seem to ...

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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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