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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act Passes House Vote

September 9, 2016

On July 6, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act by an overwhelming vote of 422-2 (1). The bill, known as H.R. 2646, started its road to the House of Representatives in 2013 as a response to the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary […]

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Gender Roles and Depression

September 7, 2016

Nearly 20 percent of the American population suffers from depression, a debilitating disorder that causes a person to experience intense feelings of sadness and hopelessness (1). While depression is a common occurrence, it manifests itself differently in men and women. Understanding how gender roles can affect depression symptoms may help […]

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Depression vs. Manic Depression

September 2, 2016

Depression is a serious mental disorder that affects mood. In its various forms, depression is the third most common reason for hospitalizations for young people and adults. (1) What Is Depression? Clinical depression is exhibited by feelings of sadness that continue for weeks or months without letting up. Depression is […]

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Addiction, Anger Management and Family Life

August 31, 2016

Many people have problems managing their anger toward others and even toward themselves. If you are abusing substances, it’s important to understand that addiction often coexists with anger. Anger and Substance Abuse You may have turned to drugs or alcohol in order to block uncomfortable feelings such as anger or […]

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What Is the U.S. Doing to Break Social Stigmas Surrounding Mental Health?

August 30, 2016

An estimated 20 percent of all Americans experience a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While mental illness is a common occurrence, many people are afraid to share their struggles with others because they fear the stigma of having others know they struggle with anxiety, depression […]

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Does Air Quality Affect Mental Health?

August 26, 2016

Air pollution is a largely invisible phenomenon, but it can have serious and unhealthy effects on the body as well as the mind. While it’s been known since the 1970s that smog and polluted air can affect breathing and the heart, further research has shown that air pollution has an […]

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Women and Mental Health: OCD

August 24, 2016

What Is OCD? Scrubbing your hands over and over until they’re raw. Having to lock and unlock a door 10 times before you can leave your home. Thinking constantly that you’ve let someone down or that you’re unworthy. These are all examples of the thoughts and behaviors a woman with […]

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Women and Mental Health: Depression

August 22, 2016

Sadness is a feeling every woman experiences at some point. When sadness, along with other negative feelings, persist for more than a few days at a time, you could be experiencing depression. Approximately 15 million people in the United States experience depression each year, and most of them are women. […]

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Pushing the Limits: Professional Athletes and Mental Health

August 17, 2016

We sit for hours watching their exploits, cheering them on and marveling at their physical skills. To many, professional athletes are heroes living the dream of fame and fortune in the world of sports. But just like every other vocation, there are those among the elite who suffer from the […]

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