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Ethnic Pride Good for Mental Health

Can your ethnicity play into your mental health? According to a new study, it can. This study, carried out by researchers at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago and Walden University, and featured in a Science Daily release, found that most adolescents who belong to an ethnic minority group wrestle with self-esteem and identity issues unique …

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An Interview with Kimberly Mitchell: Residential Manager at Promises

“This is the first time in my life that I actually enjoy going to work every day,” said Kimberly Mitchell, Residential Manager of Promises in West Los Angeles. “I get to move around and help people, and every day I’m inspired by the staff and the clients,” she added. Nearly four years ago, Kimberly was …

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Early Intervention for Behavioral Problems in Autistic Children Could Negate Medication

While it is often said that children do not come with training manuals, one type of child just might. The Science Daily recently posted a release that examined a study evaluating the serious behavior problems associated with children suffering from autism and related conditions. This Yale University study found that serious behavior problems can be …

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Adolescents’ Perception of Risk & Drug Use

Adolescents are under a constant barrage of information, between school, extracurricular activities and parental instruction. As they gain more freedom with friends and time, however, one area of instruction is critical: the risks of substance abuse. Adolescents’ perceptions of risk associated with a behavior are closely related to their choices, with an inverse association between …

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Climate Change Adversely Affects Mentally Ill

Climate change receives a lot of press, but most of this coverage is on the dangers we face in light of a threatened environment. One element that tends to be overlooked is the health consequences of climate change – most notably mental health. A recent post in the Science Daily notes that leading mental health …

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Military Deployment’s Harmful Effects on Mental Health of Children

When a parent is called to duty overseas, the stress it can put on the family members left at home can be significant. In a recent Truth Out post, an account was shared of the attempted suicide by a seven-year old boy whose father was serving another tour in Iraq. At the time of the …

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An Interview with Richard Rogg, Founder of Promises Treatment Centers

Prior to opening Promises Treatment Centers in 1989, Richard Rogg worked in real estate. When he realized that his heart was in the addiction field, he made the switch. “I was very passionate about Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps, and I had a vision of providing the best treatment and environment for people recovering …

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Exercise Does Not Offset Affects of Binge Drinking

Few people may recognize an association between binge drinking and regular exercise, but it turns out that one helps to compensate for the other. A recent news report on a site for Bulgaria shares the results of a new survey that more than 25 percent of drinkers exercise regularly to compensate for a spree of …

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Children’s Mental Problems Often Overlooked

About 13 percent of American children and young teens suffer from at least one mental health disorder, yet only about half have been seen by a mental health professional, according to a survey funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and published in the journal Pediatrics. “We need to get these …

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