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Depression
20
Feb

Sibling Bullying May Blur Perceptions

Take a few minutes and think back to your own childhood… As we mature our perceptions of our “growing up” years are distinctly our own. Try a little test the next time you are with your sibling(s). Ask what they remember about a specific event that you all attended during your childhood years. You might...
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06
Feb

“Give It The Old College Try” May Not Be Enough When It Comes To Student Loan Debt

Money worries haunt college students from freshman year on… For more than 100 years people in the United States have used the phrase “give it the old college try.” Merriam-Webster’s dictionary provides a simple definition: a zealous all-out effort. In today’s world given the price of college and the debts incurred by most students giving...
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22
Jan

AMERICAN SNIPER ~ A Conversation Starter

Winter is here… Between the New Year, the State of the Union, the State of the States, Super Bowl Madness…this is also the award season for feature films, television productions, and documentaries. On January 15, 2015, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced their nominations for both feature films and documentaries. Within minutes...
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14
Jan

Guilt And Mental Illness – Could There Be A Link?

“The human capacity for guilt is such that people can always find ways to blame themselves.” Stephen Hawking, The Grand Design Longitudinal study examines excessive guilt  Researchers at Washington University of St. Louis have been conducting a 12-year longitudinal study to determine if there is a connection between childhood guilt and eventual onset of mental...
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02
Jan

What You Can Learn From “Saving Mr Banks” ~ Forgiveness

“Cottonwood Tucson’s Family Program week is about creating change. Often, families come into family week fearful, angry, distraught and obsessed.” Behaviors are logical and learned… When family members arrive at Cottonwood Tucson to participate in our Family Program they can’t imagine feeling better, getting healthy. They struggle to understand why they should participate in the...
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11
Dec

Depression: One Scientist Raises An Infectious Disease Theory

Depression is in the news, again… It’s true; depression is in the news, again. If you take a few minutes and google the word depression in today’s news you’ll see the following headlines. Laughing gas could treat depression Scientists are using Twitter data to track depression 5 Ways Fast Food Worsens Your Depression Diabetes and...
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patient and doctor in operating room - anesthetic awareness
05
Dec

Anesthetic Awareness Can Cause PTSD and/or Depression

Anticipating a surgical procedure… It is probably safe to say that no one looks forward to having a surgical procedure. Of course, depending on one’s medical condition, a successful surgery is what a patient anticipates and desires. Non-emergency surgeries (elective) are preceded with considerable pre-op examinations, like EKGs, lung x-rays, blood work, maybe an MRI...
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28
Nov

New Study: Is There A Connection Between Sitting Down On The Job And Your Mental Health?

What is your work environment about? This might seem like a mundane question, but in today’s world there are a lot of discussions about Life in a cubicle increasing the federal minimum wage, working conditions in general and this week the news media is covering the yearly story of how many American workers were asked...
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12
Nov

SAD Suggestions: Light, Laughter…And Perhaps A Light Tracker

Ohio Clock in the U.S. Capitol being turned forward for the country’s first daylight saving time in 1918 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Once again “our days are getting shorter…” It’s a funny thing about the expression “the days are getting shorter.” In reality our days are still 24 hours in length, but the period of daylight...
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22
Oct

New Study: Examines Heart Attacks Followed By Depression And Anxiety

An overview of heart disease in the United States In case you didn’t realize it, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Here are the general facts, as the CDC outlines them: About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United...
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