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January 20, 2018

We have been scouring the web and other sources for new and interesting research developments on a variety of mental health topics. Our theme this month is “Who Knew?” – A few articles on unexpected treatment options for common mental health concerns.

The Psychiatric Drug Hiding in Plain Sight

Recent research has shown that Acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol) can be effective at reducing the pain of social rejection. This research shows that, not only is there a potentially untapped source of treatment for mild forms of depression, but there is a more definitive connection between physical and emotional pain than many may assume.

Read more: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797610374741

Light Therapy – not just for SAD anymore

                  Many people struggle with an increase in sadness and even depression during the colder,...

March 20, 2017

While we admit technology is more than amazing, we also have come to realize that even more amazing is the life we may be forgetting to live.

We tend to see our computer screen more than we see the faces of those we love. We text, we email, we update statuses and browse the web, but we forget to schedule time to turn it all off and just connect and decompress. Unplugging is the act of creating space between you and your electronic devices to feel relaxed and clear-minded.

Being away from the technological world for a while may feel uncomfortable, but with intention, it doesn’t have to feel that way. As we realize the importance of unplugging, it becomes much easier and actually enjoyable.

Consider just some of the important reasons to turn it all off and breathe…

Lowered Stress Levels- Being available anytime, anywhere can take a toll on your mental...

January 2, 2017

Improving physical health can benefit mental well-being

As the year ends, we start looking forward to making resolutions that improve our physical health. The most common New Year’s resolution is, of course, the universal “get healthy and stay fit.”

Although 60 percent of us make resolutions upon ringing in the New Year, only about 8 percent are successful. Perhaps it's time to reframe our resolutions so that we have a fighting chance of seeing them through.

Although the most common resolution is to lose weight, the behaviors associated with weight loss (such as eating more fruits and vegetables and increasing physical activity) help improve mental health as well.

A growing body of research suggests there is an important relationship between the body and mind – and that being physically healthy can have the added benefit of improving mental well-bein...

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