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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 is ...

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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 your ...

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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 doing ...
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How To Prevent Sibling Rivalry

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As siblings grow and learn together, they are bound to have conflict. And while arguments between siblings are common, a new study on the long-term effects of negative interactions between siblings has garnered surprising results. Researchers found that sibling rivalry can be filled with psychological and physical aggression. This can lead to higher instances of anger, depression and anxiety later in life.

There are a lot of factors involved in sibling rivalry. The oldest child may feel burdened with responsibilities for ...

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How To Fend Off Holiday Depression

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The most wonderful time of the year can certainly wreak havoc on our mental health if we’re not careful. In addition to the short-term depression known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the winter holidays can bring on bouts of sadness and despair. Part of what causes holiday depression is the stress and anxiety present this time of year. Overeating, drinking too much alcohol and not exercising enough can also contribute.

The demands of the holiday season are many. We’re expected to ...

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How To Create Healthy Behaviors For The Holidays

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The holiday season can be a wonderful time. Families are reunited, parties are thrown, meaningful gifts are exchanged and there is an abundance of delicious food available. But to someone prone to stress and anxiety, or anyone with a mental illness, the holidays can be terribly triggering and can lead to some unhealthy behaviors. It’s very important to form healthy habits, both for our physical and mental health, that carry us through the holiday season.

First, if you have an eating ...

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Meditation May Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

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One of the most frustrating things about Alzheimer’s Disease is the inability to cure or prevent it. Until we find a way to stop it from happening, the best we can do is attempt to slow its progression. A new pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that brain changes associated with meditation may play an important role in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

It is well known that meditating causes change ...

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How To Get A Friend To See A Mental Health Therapist

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Whether they’re going through a crisis or they have unresolved issues or erratic behavior, you probably have some friends who would benefit from therapy. And while it’s certainly not your place to solve your friends’ problems, if someone you love needs help, suggesting they see a mental health therapist could really improve their life. But since it may offend them or cause them to get defensive, approaching the topic can be scary and difficult.

The key is to be sensitive ...

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10 Ways To Keep The Mind Sharp

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Every mental health therapist knows the importance of doing everything we can to keep our brains healthy and our minds sharp. Since November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, this is a great time to focus on ways to keep the mind functioning at its best. While there is no known way to fully prevent Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, keeping yourself as physically healthy and mentally alert as possible has been shown to help. Here is a list ...

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Speaking More Than One Language May Delay Dementia

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Since November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it’s a great time to focus on learning about how to delay dementia as we age. And according to some recent research, speaking more than one language will help. The most recent study, conducted in India and published in the journal Neurology, joins many other studies that have also reached this conclusion.

Researchers say there’s something special about switching from one language to another in the course of routine communication that helps explain why bilingual ...

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Impact of Unaddressed Mental Health Issues in Students is Severe

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Unaddressed mental health issues could be a bigger problem in our school systems than we realize, according to a recent study by Andrea M. Spencer. Spencer, who is the dean of the School of Education at Pace University in New York and educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy, conducted the study to see if she could spot a pattern among 102 case studies drawn from students between the ages of 12 to 16. These students had been referred ...

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How to Manage Feelings of Distress After a Tragedy

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On Monday morning, tragedy struck in Washington, D.C. A former navy reservist opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 13 people. Whenever mass shootings or similar violent events occur, it’s normal for people to experience a range of emotions and have some serious concerns about their safety. For people who have already survived such an event, their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can surface.

If you have PTSD, schedule an appointment with your Costa Mesa psychiatrist right away so that ...

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