Mental Health

Creative expression can help recover from mental disorders

Creative expression can help recover from mental disorders

Mental illness can affect anyone at any stage and each person deals with it differently. For some, it can be a lifelong battle, if the disease is undiagnosed or untimely untreated. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to treating mental disorders. Different mental illnesses have different symptoms and even the needs of a …

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Young, traumatized survivors of gun violence face significant shortage of mental health resources

Young, traumatized survivors of gun violence face significant shortage of mental health resources

When it comes to discussions on gun violence in the United States, repeated references are made to Chicago’s strict gun control laws or apparent failure thereof. The Windy City’s gun laws were reasonably strict even a decade ago, but successive court rulings have diluted many restrictive provisions. The significant increase in Chicago’s homicides, particularly in …

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Participating in childhood sports protects mental health of traumatized children, finds study

Participating in childhood sports protects mental health of traumatized children, finds study

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events which can significantly impact the development trajectory of children and adolescents. ACEs include physical or sexual abuse, neglect, witnessing or being involved in domestic violence, and death or incarceration of a parent. Recent research showed that 34 million American children (46.3 percent) aged between 0 and …

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Lady Gaga Foundation finds “Kindness matters” for Youth Mental Health

Kindness resonates significantly among young people, helping to shape their emotional well-being and overall development. Born This Way Foundation, established in 2012 by singer Lady Gaga, published a study titled “Kind Communities – A Bridge to Youth Mental Wellness” in July 2017. The online study, undertaken in association with the Benenson Strategy Group, focused on …

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Residential treatment: Last hope for parents of children with mental illness

The increasing rate of mental illnesses among children in the United States is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20 percent children (aged 3 to 17) in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Of all the intervention methods for mental problems, residential treatment …

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Mental health care is helpful for teens with depressive symptoms, says study

Depression is not a normal part of growing up. Parents all too often dismiss the signs of depression as normal teen moodiness, causing them to neglect seeking professional treatment. Others hesitate to get help due to the associated stigma or financial constraints. However, delay in treatment can result in unnecessary suffering, addiction, worsening of mental …

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What is behind the high teen suicide rate in rural America?

When a young person with their life ahead of them commits suicide, it has a devastating effect on friends and family members. Death by any cause is overwhelming especially when a young person loses their life but suicide puts a heavy burden on the loved ones left behind. Dr. Robin L Goldstein, a licensed psychologist, …

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The power of positivity and family for mental health during the holidays

Festivities can be a challenge or blessing during the holidays, particularly for individuals with mental illnesses. The impact of these occasions on this demographic could depend on the support of family members and dedication to positivity. Various specialists provided commentary on the mental health importance of holidays and the power of optimistic thinking during these …

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