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One Way To Stay Productive While Managing Mental Illness

June 6, 2022
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By Sheila O’Shea There’s a New Yorker cartoon from a long time ago that depicts a sculptor at work. The statue is the stylized figure of a woman with her gaze fixed upward, and it is large enough that the sculptor needs a ladder to work on it. Just below where he holds his hammer…

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Addressing the Teen Mental Health Crisis

May 25, 2022
CDC's Dr. Deb Houry on stage at podium presenting slides about protecting youth mental health

As part of the 2022 Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture, mental health experts discuss the teen mental health crisis and what people, schools, and systems can do to protect youth mental health.

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Practicing Mindfulness Through The Senses

April 25, 2022
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By Sheila O’Shea I have a lot of mindfulness techniques in my mental toolbox that I use to handle my bipolar disorder, particularly the depressive ends of it. I refined my knowledge of mindfulness meditation at Skyland Trail, and I have a few methods that I came up with on my own. Mindfulness In Hearing…

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Caffeine and Mental Health

March 1, 2022
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Discover the effects of caffeine on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders.

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Teen Avoidance Behaviors

December 14, 2021
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Teen avoidant behaviors—even if they are driven by depression or anxiety—make many mental health problems worse. There can be a “snowball effect.” Avoiding one situation leads to avoiding another, and another, until the teen effectively shuts down.

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Managing Anxiety during a Pandemic

August 26, 2020
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Learn about evidence-based tips and resources for how adolescents and adults can cope with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Pharmacology of Antidepressant Medications

July 31, 2019
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Evidence-based psychiatric treatment relies on trust between physicians and their clients to find the best solutions possible for dealing with mental illness. Clients should be receptive to medications that can improve mood and quality of life while their doctors make a medication choice based on the client’s personal history, diagnosis, and lifestyle that has the…

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Sleep and Brain Health

June 26, 2019
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By: Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer We all struggle through times when sleep is in short supply: when college exams, a new baby, or a financial worry prevent us from getting a peaceful night’s rest. But research continues to uncover the consequences of regularly missing out on healthy sleep and…

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What Parents Should Know About Youth Athletics and Mental Health

May 28, 2019
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For decades, youth sports in the United States has been an avenue for kids of all ages to make friends, be physically active, challenge themselves, and learn skills such as teamwork, sportsmanship, and the value of hard work—all of which can provide great stepping stones towards personal growth and achievement later in life. When it…

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High Achievers with High Anxiety

August 22, 2018
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How do you know if a high-achieving person has a “type A” personality or an anxiety disorder?

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