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Empowering Your Aging Parent to Be Their Own Healthcare Advocate
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Jul 30th 2014
Empowering Your Aging Parent to Be Their Own Healthcare Advocate"Even though today's healthcare system is more complicated than ever, it doesn't mean your parent has to settle for less than quality care. But to achieve this, your parent may need to be more proactive with his or her healthcare providers. As a starting point, they must perceive themselves as a vital member of their healthcare team. Practically speaking, it means your mother or father must prepare for upcoming appointments to get the most from their limited time, learn how to give and ask for specific information and be willing to participate in the decision-making process with their healthcare team." More...
What Keeps A Family Together?
posted by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. on Jul 29th 2014
What Keeps A Family Together?"Wouldn't it be wonderful if family relationships were always smooth and uncomplicated? It's true that in most cases, family relationships are mostly about love and caring, but it's also true that they are more complex than that. What keeps a family together during stressful times? Why do some relatives help each other in some ways (for instance, they provide emotional support) but not in other ways (such as providing financial assistance)?" More...
10 Things You Should Never Give Up For a Relationship
posted by Mandy Kloppers on Jul 28th 2014
10 Things You Should Never Give Up For a Relationship"Relationships can be heaven but they can also be hell. Take regular health checks on your relationship and use these pointers to guide you through the process of assessing how happy and healthy your relationship is." More...
Emotion in the Brain
posted by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. on Jul 25th 2014
Emotion in the Brain"The conscious experience of emotion is just the top story – the penthouse floor – resting on many layers of neurological activity, both the firing of very complex and intertwining neural circuits and the tidal flows of neurotransmitters and hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Here’s a brief summary of each of these brain regions and its apparent role in emotion:" More...
Chelation Therapy and Mental Health
posted by Randi Fredricks, Ph.D. on Jul 23rd 2014
Chelation Therapy and Mental Health"Over the past few decades, chelation therapy has become an increasingly popular treatment for a variety of mental health issues. Chelation involves using various agents to remove heavy metals, including chemical compounds. Synthetic chemicals, such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), are administered intravenously or orally into the blood, where they then bind with the unwanted elements and leave the body through urination. " More...
Helping Your Teen Adjust to Divorce
posted by Gary Gilles, LCPC on Jul 23rd 2014
Helping Your Teen Adjust to Divorce"Divorce is never easy for a child regardless of their age, but the teen years pose special challenges. Adolescence is already a time of turmoil. The average teenager is trying to cope with body changes, hormones, peer pressures, the opposite sex, acne, and school work. Add the break-up of the family to that mix and their world can feel like it is crumbling. " More...
Be Mind Full of Good
posted by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. on Jul 22nd 2014
Be Mind Full of Good"It’s kind of amazing: right now, what you think and feel, enjoy and suffer, is changing your brain. The brain is the organ that learns, designed by evolution to be changed by our experiences: what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity. Neurons that fire together, wire together. This means that each one of us has the power to use the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better. To benefit oneself and other beings." More...
Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Consolidating Priorities
posted by Terry McLeod on Jul 22nd 2014
Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Consolidating Priorities"I'm no professional, but I'd say prioritizing can make or break us in mental health and addictions treatment. OK, so my work as an Electronic Health Record (EHR) Consultant has a very professional aspect, but I'm not a mental health and addictions treatment professional. We all have priorities, but it seems to me that the mental health and addictions treatment professionals' priorities are likely to be based on criticality and probably carry more weight in the grand scheme of things than an EHR Consultant's." More...
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Health News
Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: Study
Jul 29th 2014
"Withdrawal symptoms, cravings are harder on people with mood disorders, researchers say." More...
Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: Study
Jul 29th 2014
"Scans reveal differences that might explain why transitions are difficult." More...
Gene Discoveries Could Shed New Light on Schizophrenia
Jul 22nd 2014
"Suspect DNA often tied to neurological 'pathways' centered on brain cell communication, experts say." More...
Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children
Jul 21st 2014
"Expectant moms' use of nicotine-replacement therapy could also spell problems for kids, study suggests." More...
Antipsychotics Linked to Lower Brain Volume in Schizophrenia Patients
Jul 18th 2014
"But mental function, symptoms of illness were not worsened, researchers say." More...
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