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Understanding Frontotemporal Neurocognitive Disorder

Frontotemporal neurocognitive disorder is a mental health condition characterized by abnormal shrinkage in two parts of the brain, called the frontal and temporal anterior lobes. This condition replaces an essentially equivalent illness, known as frontotemporal dementia, in the newly released fifth edition of the mental health reference text called the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of …

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Study Identifies Brain Region Linked to Gambling Addiction

A new study from Cambridge University in the U.K. has identified a part of the brain that appears to play an active role in compulsive gambling. The study, led by Dr. Luke Clark of Cambridge, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The Cambridge researchers found that brain damage affecting …

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Chiara de Blasio Honored for Sharing Story of Addiction, Depression

The first daughter of New York City continues to go public with her depression and addiction story, and this week she was recognized for inspiring hope in other young people facing mental health problems. Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of Mayor Bill de Blasio, had startled the public with a Christmas Eve video revealing …

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Stigma Smashing!

Imagine you’ve just walked into the home of friends for their 25th wedding anniversary celebration. At this party there are a couple of people you’ve known for years, several you know pretty well and many more you’ve only just met. There are 40 people at the party, let’s say, a sizable group for any home-based …

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Once-Broken Mom Moves Beyond Stigma to Strength

To those in AA, it’s known as The Big Book. Chrisi Hard’s copy is deep blue with the title Alcoholics Anonymous embossed in the same color on the cover, rendering the words almost invisible. “They design them that way,” she explains, “so that if you’re reading it in a coffee shop or somewhere, no one …

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Who Do You Think You Are? Discovering the Person You Were Meant to Be

By Carolyn Hughes, BA Hons, CQSW — Who do you want to be? If you’ve experienced traumas that have left you numb, or the pressures of an image-conscious, success-driven society are forcing you to live your life trying to be someone you’re not, perhaps it’s time to start finding out who you really are. As …

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