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Inside The Thinking Maze of Anxious Minds

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population every year (NIMH). Even though this disorder is highly treatable, only 36.9% seek treatment. In many cases, the first episode happens in childhood - the median onset for anxiety disorders is age 11. Some examples of [...]

By | 2018-04-23T15:26:51+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rapid Rise in Mass School Shootings

A shooting is defined as a "mass shooting" when four or more people are killed (excluding the shooter). Sporadic school shootings have occurred at various points in the history of the US. For example, in 1940 a junior high school principal killed six adults including the school's district business manager. No similar mass shootings occurred [...]

By | 2018-04-23T15:27:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Recognise The Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety

Anxiety can affect your body in surprising ways and once you realise that the root cause of some physical complaints can be anxiety, it really hammers home how important it is to try and maintain good mental health. Before you can deal with anxiety, you need to recognise it. We spoke to Fatmata Kamara, a [...]

By | 2018-04-23T15:28:40+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Equine Therapy: How Horses are Helping Humans Heal

Horses are being used as mental health aids for humans, with equine therapy taking psychology sessions out of the office and into the paddock. Psychologist Sam Tassini is so enamoured with horses that she has incorporated them into her work and converted a functioning horse float into an office. She practices equine therapy - a [...]

By | 2018-04-13T11:50:14+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Video Game Addiction Concerns Mental Health Experts

Lisa Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, has heard plenty of skepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organization plans to officially do in a couple of months. “Some people think it trivializes other [...]

By | 2018-04-13T11:55:18+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Gambling, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

5 Telltale Signs You Have High-Functioning Anxiety

Are you having trouble sleeping and difficulty controlling your worry? People with high-functioning anxiety experience such symptoms but are still able to get through the day, often due to sheer force. But being high-functioning doesn’t mean you aren’t suffering, and it doesn’t mean you don’t need help, support or to make changes in your daily [...]

By | 2018-04-09T09:06:55+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tools To Help Overcome PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a terrifying or life-threatening event or series of events. We usually associate the disorder with war, or acts of terror and extreme violence, but a difficult childbirth, a car accident, the death of a loved one, chronic illness, [...]

By | 2018-04-09T09:07:18+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

‘If You Care, You’re Equipped’: How To Support Someone Who is Suicidal

Kate* was sitting at her desk working late with her colleague Ben* when he told her he was suicidal. She was visibly horrified and when Ben saw her reaction he immediately took his words back and asked her not to tell anyone. "You're kind of a friend, a colleague, a manager, and you want to [...]

By | 2018-04-09T09:07:24+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Cope With OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be a disruptive condition to live with, but there are steps that you can take to cope with it. In this Spotlight, we take you through them. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) occurs when a person has recurring thoughts and behaviors that they cannot control. Individuals with OCD feel that they must repeat these thoughts [...]

By | 2018-03-29T14:23:05+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Suicide Risk Sharply Higher in Months After Self-Harm

A study led by Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) revealed that young Americans had a sharply higher risk of suicide in the months after surviving a deliberate self-harm attempt. The authors say the findings underscore the need to direct clinical interventions toward youth who survive such attempts during this critical period. "Our latest study shows [...]

By | 2018-03-26T13:50:00+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Suicide|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments