5 Stages of Grief and Loss

Grief is common after a death of a loved one, relationship break-up, loss of a job, or withdrawal from substances. Grieving is an essential and universal process that helps us process our emotions and accept life changes. When faced with a loss, people tend to go through common stages. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified five stages of…

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Recent Findings on Pathological Gambling

Despite the risks associated with gambling, many individuals who are addicted to gambling are drawn to the potential windfall. Yet, statistically, we know that over time, losses exceed wins. Some research suggests that cognitive distortions contribute to the development and maintenance of pathological gambling. Cognitive distortions are irrational thought patterns that precipitate negative emotional states and maladaptive…

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May is Mental Health Month

When we think about medical diseases, such as cancer, hypertension or diabetes, we are much more prone to seek treatment immediately. When we experience dizziness or fatigue, for example, we look to immediately reverse these symptoms by seeking medical treatment. Put simply, we typically don’t ignore the early signs of disease. So, why aren’t most individuals doing…

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Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

  The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) released the “Nine Truths About Eating Disorders” to address common misconceptions about eating disorders. These Nine Truths were developed by experts in the field and address facts about the eating disorder treatment and how eating disorders are thought to develop. There continues to be a stigma associated with eating disorders,…

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Is Meditation for me?

Meditation is powerful.   It can help you manage stress and relieve anxiety, which studies have shown has many health benefits.  It can help you recognize and interrupt some of the “noise” in your brain that stops you from thinking clearly.  It can help you perform better, enjoy life a little more, and generally help you…

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Connection between nutrients and better mental health

Mental health and nutrition have a clear connection, starting from the womb. The linked article highlights the essential nine nutrients that are associated with better brain health: 1. omega-3s, 2. B vitamins (particularly folate and B12), 3. choline, 4. iron, 5. zinc, 6. magnesium, 7. S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), 8. vitamin D, 9. amino acids http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/02/9-nutrients-which-should-be-in-your-diet-for-good-mental-health.php?omhide=true&utm_source=PsyBlog&utm_campaign=d75adf805d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_MAILCHIMP&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10ef814328-d75adf805d-213829849

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