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Working Conditions Play Huge Role in Employee Depression

Workplace depression is an informal term used to describe depression symptoms linked to social and interpersonal conditions in the workplace, as well as to other work-related factors. Current evidence indicates that this type of depression places a significant mental/emotional strain on the supervisors and employees of small and large businesses, and also places a significant …

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California’s Ban on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Is Upheld

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld California’s decision to ban the controversial sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) from mental health practice for those under 18 in a decision that has been deemed an assault on free speech by the practitioners. The move raises deep questions about the role of religion in modern society, …

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Learning to Call Myself an Addict Was Freedom

It’s not so bad, being an addict. And for those of us who fit that description, most have discovered that the biggest hurdle to jump is neither the actual quitting, nor the emotional and physical withdrawal symptoms. It is making the pure and honest admission that you have become what you feared, and if you …

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Obama Administration Won’t Block State Marijuana Laws

The Obama administration has given a tentative green light to marijuana legalization in states, weighing in on the growing issue related to the legalization of the drug in Colorado and Washington. Since 20 states (and the District of Colombia) have passed laws allowing for the medical use of the drug, the issue is a symptom …

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Underneath the Narcissism: Shame Is Ugly Face Behind the Mask

Although Eric and Christine had been married 12 years, their lives never felt settled or comfortable. Eric could be incredibly charming and was a man of fantastic charisma; indeed these traits were the very things that had originally attracted Christine and swept her off her feet. But behind closed doors, he could be an entirely …

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What Are ‘Unofficial Mental Disorders’?

In the U.S., the term “unofficial” mental disorder is generally used to describe any condition not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and included in an APA guidebook called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. As a rule, disorders are excluded from this guidebook if they don’t meet the standards of the …

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Back-to-School Mood Swings: Parenting Through Change

Ah, summer: flips flops and swimming lessons, barbeques and bug bites. Ask any adult what summer means to them and chances are good you’ll get an answer steeped in nostalgia for childhood, fireflies and July 4th fireworks. But summer is a short season compared to the rest of the year—the school year—and for many families …

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Proven Mood Boosters If You’re Over 50 and Feeling Blue

It’s not uncommon for depression to develop (or recur if you have a history) later in life. This can be due to a variety of reasons – both psychological (e.g. suddenly coping with an empty nest) and physiological (e.g. age-related health issues, menopause). Symptoms of depression can range from mild to severe. They may include …

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Eating Disorders Part 2 – Residential or Day Treatment?

If you or someone you love is struggling with an eating disorder – or symptoms that strongly suggest you may have one – treatment is crucial to your health and well-being.  In severe cases, it may even save your life. In Part 1, the initial steps toward getting help were discussed.  This second part covers …

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‘It’s Not Just Me’: Amazing Benefits of Group Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is one of the most challenging psychiatric disorders.  With moods that often hit crippling extremes and bizarre behavior that is difficult to understand – let alone explain to others – bipolar sufferers can feel very isolated and alone.  Medication is often necessary, but has its limits.  Individual and family therapy can also be …

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