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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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November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and one in three seniors will die from it or another form of dementia. November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, a month set aside to inform the public of this condition and bring awareness to it in hopes of finding a cure. Not only is there currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but its causes also remain ...

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ADHD and Managing Halloween Celebrations

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There is a common misconception that ADHD is caused by excess sugar in a child’s diet. While research does not support this, the fact is, Halloween and its excessive candy consumption is cause for concern. Halloween can be a very distracting time for children in general but can be exceptionally hard for young people with ADHD. There are chemicals in the candy that may interfere with the medication prescribed by their Orange County therapist or trigger negative reactions, not ...

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How Creative Activity Helps Depression

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Singer Katy Perry recently admitted that writing songs for her newly released album, Prism, helped her overcome the depression she had after her December 2011 divorce from Russell Brand. 2012 was a sad year for her, she said, even admitting to having some suicidal thoughts after the divorce. Katy is past her depression now but credits the album with helping her through it. And while there is no substitute for professional help for clinical depression, evidence shows that creative therapy ...

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Depression During Pregnancy

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Women who have depression during pregnancy may be more likely to have a child who is depressed by the age of 18, according to a recent study. Researchers from Bristol University in the United Kingdom studied data from 4,500 parents with teen children. The higher the mothers scored on their questionnaire assessing prenatal depression, the more likely their children were to be depressed.

Since October is Depression Awareness Month, the results of this study are well timed. These findings suggest that ...

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OCD Week Helps Spread Awareness

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This week is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week. OCD Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people get access to effective treatment. An estimated 1 in 100 adults and 1 in 200 children in the United States likely have some form of OCD.

When most people think of OCD, they think of people who wash their hands compulsively or repetitive counting. But it’s so much ...

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National Depression Screening Day is October 11

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Since October is Depression Awareness Month, the goal within the health community is to spread knowledge and understanding to the general public. Depression affects around 19 million American adults every year,  some of which may go untreated otherwise. Anyone who thinks they may have depression is highly encouraged to participate in National Depression Screening Day on October 11.

Health screenings provide a quick and simple way to spot the first signs of serious illness. Clinical depression is a common mental illness, ...

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Group Therapy Sessions Help SAD Patients

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from “falling back” from Daylight Savings time. As the days grow shorter and darker, many people begin to experience the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. This seasonal mood disorder causes periods of depression, social avoidance, fatigue and loss of interest in normal activities. Regular exercise, behavioral therapy from your Costa Mesa therapist and medication can help treat SAD, but the biggest benefit of all may be group therapy, including our ...

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Use of Oxytocin to Treat Autism Requires Further Study

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Recently, a review article was published in the Harvard Review of Psychology indicating that the use of the hormone oxytocin may be beneficial in treating both autism and schizophrenia. The article was especially exciting for autism specialists and parents of autistic children who have been told that there are few treatment options for autism. While the research that has been done is promising overall, much more information will have to be gathered before any real benefit can be determined.

Many ...

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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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Teens With ADHD More Likely to Text While Driving

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For a teenager with ADHD, life is full of distractions and temptations that steal their focus away. A recent study shows that teens who suffer from ADHD are even more likely to be involved in dangerous auto accidents due to texting and driving.Teens as a group are already at an increased risk of distracted driving accidents, and an ADHD diagnosis only compounds those risks.

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. It makes a car crash up to 23 times more likely. ...

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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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