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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...
Steps to Self Reliance
posted by Mandy Kloppers on Jul 21st 2014
Steps to Self Reliance"The more self reliant you are, the safer you will feel. When you know that many resources lie within you – it doesn’t matter what the circumstances are as you have the confidence to know you can handle pretty much anything. Here are tips to promote self reliance:" More...
How Social Media and Texting Actually Help the Grief Process
posted by Bob Livingstone, LCSW on Jul 18th 2014
How Social Media and Texting Actually Help the Grief Process"I have been one of the fiercest critics of America’s fixation with electronic devices. In an age where adults and children of all walks of life have their heads buried in the latest phone or tablet; face to face communication is at an all time low. Matter of fact, many children are very uncomfortable with direct communication, preferring to text or Facebook their friends. There are many pitfalls with this lifestyle which I outline here. However, I feel that when someone loses a loved one through death, social media and texting can be helpful tools in the grieving process." More...
Expressing Your Intentions
posted by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. on Jul 17th 2014
Expressing Your Intentions"When you think intentions, you know them to yourself. Putting them in explicit words is usually helps create real clarity in your mind. Some intentions co-exist as equally vital, but many times it’s important to establish what your top priorities are. It’s kind of like filling a bucket: you want to get the big rocks in first, then the pebbles, and last the sand. Your most important aims are the big rocks, and if you take care of them, everything else usually works out just fine." More...
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