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Nature or nurture: The role of epigenetics in mental health

One of the oldest debates in psychology is on whether “nature or nurture” determines why people are the way they are. Are people born the way they are or do they become that way because of how they are raised? Apparently, it appears that both nature and nurture are equally responsible. Genetics and epigenetics: Nature …

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Behavior and communications powerful tools against teen substance abuse

January isn’t just the start of the year for some kids. For high school seniors, it’s the first glimpse of the end, a stroll down high school’s home stretch. It’s an opportunity – or a temptation – for kids to coast a little, to party and hang loose, which is fine; socializing is normal and …

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Fair-weather family: When a support system neglects

There would only be a sharp jolt to the cranium each session and several treatments later, the patient would be normal enough in the family’s eyes; if not, the child could be eschewed from society. This antiquated perspective on mental health treatment from U.S. history still fuels the stigma shadowing mental illness today. Even with …

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Building a community of support after substance abuse treatment

Billy Crystal once said, “Kids need a happy household. They need to be loved and supported in their dreams. And I don’t think you can make your kids’ dreams your own. They need you to support them in their dreams.” No matter what the age, people will always need support in the place they call …

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Mental health for students far from home: Jamais vu with culture shock

The excitement of traveling abroad for vacation can be surreal, but the experience can be different for students who study abroad. In a new city, at a new school, with new friends and an entirely different culture, students may face sudden and daunting culture shock. Science of culture shock Studying abroad for many students is …

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Mental health for students far from home: Recognizing depression vs. homesickness

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., said, “Where we love is home –home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” A lesson learned by most college students who return home to realize they miss their campus and friends almost as much as they missed home while away. The challenge families may face is discerning if …

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The apple does not fall far with childhood obesity: Causes of obesity

In the wild jungle of life, the younger Homo sapiens must learn from their parental Homo sapiens in order to survive, just like the rest of the animal kingdom. The younger Homo sapiens learn by mimicking the actions of the parents, which can tell much more than words. These days, parents are leading a sedentary …

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A play on words, exploring the emoji culture

These pictures may not be worth a thousand words, but emoticons or emojis are a popular trend for conveying messages. If anyone has received a reply he or she wasn’t expecting from a text or email, it’s evident intention does not translate well across the illuminated screens like handwritten letters or face-to-face dialogue. The archetype …

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