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Ever wonder how your iPhone or Android smart phone is actually affecting you as a person? A new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that being overly involved ...

Over-involvement with Smart Devices Leads to Stress, Depression

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Just in time for April’s National Autism Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the prevalence of autism in the United States has increased. Data shows ...

Piecing the Puzzle Together: April is Autism Awareness Month

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It’s ironic that April is Stress Awareness Month, because Tax Day falls on April 15. Many of us get stressed when it comes to tax returns and finances, so it’s only fitting that we’re reminded of ...

Relax During Stress Awareness Month

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Vitamin D has been hailed as a treatment for depression, and supplements are thought to help in preventing many diseases and medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, ...

Study: Vitamin D Supplements Not Helpful For Depression

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Despite efforts to prevent the abuse of prescription medications, drug use is still considered an epidemic by many. Recent actions against prescription drug abuse include the proposal of a bill by ...

Prescription Drug Abuse Problem Persists

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Many women experience minor cramps at some point during their menstrual cycles, but what if you’re having excruciating pain before and during your period, and have other bothersome side effects ...

Bad Cramps? March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

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The pain of a migraine that won’t go away can drive some people, including teens, to the emergency room. It’s expected that intense pain killers, such as the opiate Vicodan, may be used in ...

Opioid Prescriptions Given Often to Teens With Headaches

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Despite widespread anti-bullying campaigns in schools, there is still no 100 percent effective way yet to prevent bullying and its devastating consequences. A recent study in the journal ...

How Bullying Affects Children’s Mental Health Long-Term

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Electronics and technology make life simpler in many ways, but when it comes to sleep we could do without the distraction and light of our cell phones and tablets. As part of Sleep Awareness ...

Sleep in America: Limit Electronics at Bedtime for Better Sleep

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Women learn to hide their problems and shortcomings at a young age, so it comes as no surprise that many women are so skilled at concealing their struggles with eating disorders. Many of us ...

I Had No Idea: Awareness Week Promotes Eating Disorder Education

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Ladies, it might stress you out to hear this, but your stress levels and those of your teen daughters are going to stay the same or keep getting worse if you don’t make changes in your lives soon. ...

Women and Teen Girls are More Stressed Out than Male Counterparts

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Valentine’s Day may be February 14th, but sometimes it feels like the whole month is dedicated to the subject of love and dating. While adults might feel pressure to get coupled up, engaged or ...

Be Aware of Dating Violence, Even on Valentine’s Day

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If you’re losing an ongoing battle with your alarm’s snooze button, or if you have to staple your eyelids open and down a cup of coffee in order to function, then welcome to the overpopulated and ...

Get Some Shut-Eye: Sleep Deprivation Affects Mental Health

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My experience for nearly six months with the Mirena IUD has left me with both negative physical and mental health side effects. I have dealt with fatigue, headaches, spotting, and cramping. I've ...

Living with Mirena IUD: Both Nightmares and Positive Outcomes

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When I first decided on the Mirena IUD, I thought I'd found the gold mine of birth controls. But as it turns out I didn’t. That’s why I want to share this story, so other women know they’re not ...

My Painful Complications with the Mirena IUD

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It’s the weekend and you have no plans. All you’ve been doing is watching movies you’ve already seen five times before on TV, and the boredom is starting to creep in. But is boredom really such a ...

Is Boredom Always a Negative State of Mind?

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Women visit the doctor for a wide range of health concerns. It’s understandable if you haven’t managed to talk about every potential health issue or risk factor with your doctor yet. But let’ ...

Have You Ever Discussed Your Alcohol Consumption With a Doctor?

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Many people get pain or tension in their shoulders, neck or back occasionally, and a decent massage or chiropractic adjustment tends to fix basic aches and pains caused by everyday living. But ...

Could Your Muscle Tension Be Caused By Anxiety or Stress?

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If your heart races at the thought of speaking in front of a crowd or taking a final test for a class, you might be suffering from some performance anxiety. Luckily, researchers are finding out ...

Got Performance Anxiety? Get Excited, Don't Calm Down, Says Study

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Most of the holidays with an emphasis on food consumption have passed, but we still have New Year’s Eve coming up. And that means a focus on New Year’s resolutions, which tend to be ...

Ringing in the New Year with an Eating Disorder: Coping Tips

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With many families struggling financially in this economy, it is increasingly rare to find a household where one parent stays home with the kids. Even new mothers are not always taking the typical ...

Longer Maternity Leave Needed to Prevent Postpartum Depression?

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Most parents are aware of the existence of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder, because it is so commonly talked about in the news and because more ...

Is ADHD Being Overdiagnosed and Overtreated in Children?

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We’ve all heard the jokes about grooms getting cold feet before a wedding (less often the brides), and most often we are reassured that this is a normal part of the marriage process. However, a ...

Got Cold Feet? Listen To Your Gut About Marriage, Study Says

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for drinking, at least when you look at all the holiday parties that include alcohol. But how is that holiday drinking really affecting you? Many ...

Surviving Holiday Parties With Alcohol-Related Disorders

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If you’re shopping for children this year for the holidays, you might not have to feel so guilty about buying them video games for presents. A review of research on video games found that there ...

Can Video Games Boost Your Child’s Brain?

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This Thanksgiving season we've had both Black Thursday and Black Friday, and for many this is a major controversy. It makes the public wonder, will there be a “Black Christmas” instead of a White ...

Are Black Thursday and Friday Darkening Our Moods?

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People are doing anything they can to feel more energetic and youthful. This includes the latest health trend of using intravenous therapy to infuse vitamins into the bloodstream. Although IV ...

IV Vitamin Therapy: Health Fad or Treatment for Illness?

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Finding the most effective treatment with the least harmful side effects can be a big struggle for many headache and migraine sufferers. In some cases, preventative or abortive headache medication ...

Non-Medicinal Treatments Help Cope With Migraines and Headaches

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When a killer headache or migraine hits, the average person takes over-the-counter medication like Excedrin or Ibuprofen, and crashes into bed in a dark room. Some people eventually make it to the ...

Alternative Options for Treatment of Severe Migraines and Headaches

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A new powerful painkiller called Zohydro was approved by the FDA last week, yet many experts are concerned about the new opioid’s lack of ingredients that deter people from abusing it. This ...

FDA Approves Opioid Zohydro Without Abuse-Deterrent Formula

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If you are a young woman suffering from migraines, you could also be at risk for depression, according to a new study. A Canadian study published in the journal Depression Research and Treatment ...

Young Women with Migraines At Higher Risk for Depression

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The government shutdown started Oct. 1, 2013 and ended on Oct. 16. Over two weeks, the financial and mental stability of many people was tested. Some Americans lost their jobs temporarily, ...

How a Government Shutdown Impacts Mental Health

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This has been a tough year so far in the United States. We’ve had the Boston Marathon bombings, several gun shootings, natural disasters, the Yarnell wildfire and the current government shutdown. ...

Open Your Mind: Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 6-12

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My last article focused on ways to become more selfless in your everyday life. Now you might be wondering how altruistic behavior can impact your mental health, mood and outlook on life. You can ...

How Being Selfless Can Impact Your Mental Health

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month, which means there is no better time to learn more about your brain and how to keep it healthy. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is a form ...

How Much Do You Know and Care About Brain Health?

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Helping others without expecting anything in return could have more benefits than you think. A recent study in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology suggests that women and men both find ...

How Can You Be More Selfless?

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Many people are trying a gluten-free diet to see if it helps them lose weight or feel better.Those who are gluten intolerant find that this type of diet is beneficial for them. But National ...

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day: Living Happily Without Gluten

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The number of young adults who abuse prescription drugs is dwindling, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ...

Heroin Use Increased Exponentially In Past Year, Survey Says

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Despite the prevalence of mental health issues in the United States, federal and state budget cuts have led to decreased funding for many mental health services for the people who need it the ...

How Are Budget Cuts Impacting Mental Health Services?

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If you have depression or another mental health condition, you might worry at some point that you’ll never be able to have children. However, this is not the case for all people who have or are at ...

Want Kids But Emotionally Unstable? Lower Postpartum Depression Risk

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Going back to school is not always exciting like TV commercials might suggest. Some students are so stressed or scared about going back to school that they might even suffer from mental health ...

What Causes Back-to-School Anxiety? Can You Avoid It?

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If your child has chronic stomach pain that can’t be explained by a medical condition, it might be worth talking to a mental health professional. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics ...

Pain in the Gut: Childhood Stomachaches Associated With Anxiety

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Many women joke around that pregnancy is the time to eat whatever you want to “please the baby” and to relax and not focus so much on keeping a certain figure. However, experts suggest that ...

Consistent Exercise During Pregnancy Could Reduce Fatigue, Boost Mood

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Although psoriasis affects around 7.5 million Americans, many people do not know what the condition is and how it affects daily life and even mental health. During Psoriasis Awareness Month in ...

The Skin You Live In: How Psoriasis Can Alter Mental Health

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In an ideal and logical world, people would eat only to survive. Instead, many people today center their lives around food and weight issues. And some of these people may not have normal eating ...

A Touch of Disordered Eating: Are You Almost Anorexic?

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In today’s society, we’re used to getting what we need in a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, when it comes to balanced mental health, there are no easy fixes. Many people realize it takes ...

Can Holistic Health Supplements be Used for Mental Health?

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It’s the middle of the summer and burning up, at least in Arizona, which means a lot of people are trying to hit the road for a cooler destination. Even if you’re not taking a vacation, you might ...

Mind Trip: How Traveling Can Affect Mental Health and Mood

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Holidays like the Fourth of July are usually characterized by drinking and socializing with friends and family. It’s nice to let loose and enjoy some fireworks after working hard the rest of the ...

A Summer of Drinking: Alcohol’s Effect on the Teen Mind

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As you plan your night out for the Fourth of July, you might want to scratch out any late-night encounters with cute men or women you find underneath the fireworks. Because according to a recent ...

Not-So-Casual Sex: Study Shows Hookups Can Harm Mental Health

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There are those days when you can’t seem to remember even the simplest things, like where you put your keys, or that you had a doctor’s appointment. Forgetfulness happens to us all, as suggested ...

Where Are My Keys? The Link Between Health Issues and Forgetfulness