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November 2018

10 Things Never to Say to Your Anxious Child

By |2018-11-16T13:35:23+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can utter words that exacerbate, instead of alleviate, anxious feelings. Non-anxious parents have the benefit of time, wisdom, and reasoning on their sides, and this can lead to statements that unknowingly dismiss the child’s anxious feelings. It can be very difficult to watch a child [...]

How to Improve the NDIS for People who Have an Intellectual Disability as well as a Mental Illness

By |2018-11-12T12:35:44+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |

Full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started two years ago, but many people with disability are not receiving the support they need. One such group are people with complex support needs, such as people with intellectual disability who also have mental health needs. Fewer people with complex needs are receiving the NDIS, and those who [...]

5 Things You can Do to Look after Your Mental Health in your Teens

By |2018-11-12T12:32:30+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |

Mental health in your teens You’ve probably already noticed that there’s a lot going on in your teens. Your body is growing and changing. You might find that there are more expectations of you as you finish high school or start work. You have to learn how to navigate changing relationships with your parents, friends, [...]

Letter to President Trump from Pittsburgh Jewish Leaders

By |2018-11-12T11:57:17+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , |

President Trump: Yesterday, a gunman slaughtered 11 Americans during Shabbat morning services. We mourn with the victims’ families and pray for the wounded. Here in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, we express gratitude for the first responders and for the outpouring of support from our neighbors near and far. We are committed to healing as a community [...]

Why Facebook is so Hard to Resist

By |2018-11-12T11:41:42+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |

Why is social media such a hard habit to break? Because it makes us feel good, said Michigan State University's Allison Eden, assistant professor in the Department of Communication. She and researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, conducted two studies of frequent and less frequent Facebook users. They found even [...]

Social Media Use Increases Depression and Loneliness, Study Finds

By |2018-11-12T11:21:48+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Depression|Tags: , , , |

The link between the two has been talked about for years, but a causal connection had never been proven. For the first time, University of Pennsylvania research based on experimental data connects Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use to decreased well-being. Psychologist Melissa G. Hunt published her findings in the December Journal of Social and Clinical [...]

U.S. to Restrict E-cigarette Flavors to Fight Teenage Vaping ‘Epidemic’

By |2018-11-12T11:15:19+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration next week will issue a ban on the sale of fruit and candy flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations, an agency official said, in a move to counter a surge in teenage use of e-cigarettes. The ban means only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors can be [...]

It’s Almost like We’ve Become so Self Sufficient We Don’t Need People

By |2018-11-12T10:57:20+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

The discomfort of loneliness is as essential to humans as thirst or hunger. A survival instinct, it kicks in reminding us to reconnect to the group when we become isolated. But new research, Australia's most comprehensive study of loneliness to date, reveals not only its prevalence, but its paradox; the lonelier people feel, the less [...]

Is Anxiety Psychological or Physical?

By |2018-11-12T11:12:50+00:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety|Tags: , , , |

Anxiety can be defined as ‘a state consisting of psychological and physical symptoms brought about by a sense of apprehension at a perceived threat’. Fear is similar to anxiety, except that with fear the threat is, or is perceived to be, more concrete, present, or imminent. Presentation The psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety vary [...]

Orthorexia Nervosa: The ‘New’ Disorder Blamed on Social Media

By |2018-11-05T17:52:28+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Eating Disorders|Tags: , , , |

No dairy, no gluten, no meat and no sugar. In fact, Ashlee Thomas would allow herself so little food, her parents were forced to do the unthinkable. Force feed their daughter, with a tube, all because she refused to eat. Appearing on Channel 9’s 60 Minutes program on Sunday, the teenager revealed she became so [...]