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Mental Health

Twitter use may hurt your personal relationships

2014-04-08 16:51
Social Networking

Social media use has not only pros, but also serious cons. Reconsider your Twitter use.

It appears that there may sometimes be a downside to the use of social networking sites insofar as hurting personal relationships. The high tech social networking phenomenon with such firms as Twitter, Facebook and Google+ has revolutionized the way we can communicate with each other. It is anticipated that such communications should help to create and nurture quality social relationships. However, according to new research social networking on Twitter can actually at times hurt your social relationships.

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How mentally challenging work can help your mind stay sharp

2014-03-31 09:39
An active brain

Doing work which is mentally challenging can help your mind stay sharp throughout your life. Kids often complain about having to learn a lot of things in school which appears to be irrelevant to them for their personal lives and future career interests. Instead of simply passing this off by saying this is just something we all had to go through, it may be more beneficial to explain that mental exercises are good for your mind.

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Humor May Actually Be Good Medicine for These 5 Conditions

2014-03-31 07:09
Cartoon characters

The stories about humor being good medicine may not just be myths. There has been a lot of discussion over the years about the possibility that humor can make people more resilient to illness. Certainly a good laugh usually makes people feel somewhat better. New research supports the premise that humor in the form of cartoons can help people cope better with chronic illnesses.

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Mental health of elderly may be affected by perceptions of support for their kids

2014-02-27 22:36
An elderly mother and daughter

Families serve as an integral part of the nurturing of mental health in people. This is precisely why depictions of how difficult life generally is for kids being raised without parents in foster homes are generally right on target. It is interesting to note that it appears to often be the natural yearning of parents to give the same type of nuturing support for their adult kids as when they were growing up, and for children to return this caring attitude. New research shows the attitudes of parents about supporting their grown children may in fact have an influence on their own mental health.

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Psychological side effects of antidepressants are more serious than thought

2014-02-27 09:35
Drugs can kill

It is well known that antidepressants and other drugs which are prescribed by psychiatrists are often associated with a myriad of horrible side effects. Yet, these drugs remain the mainstay of treatment by psychiatrists for depression and other mental illnesses, in spite of growing evidence that natural approaches such as good nutrition, exercise, meditation, sunshine, fresh air, spending time with pets, listening to good music, spending time with family members and friends, and supportive counseling are often safe and effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental illness.

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Death of loved one in childhood increases risk of adult psychosis

2014-02-09 14:20
Children who lose loved ones more likely to have psychosis as adults.

It’s always painful to lose a loved one, but for those who have lost a family member during childhood, the pain can last long into adult. Indeed, a new study published in the British Medical Journal says that there is a small, but significant risk of developing psychosis for children who have experienced the death of a close family member.

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