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Mental Health Concerns for Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.

On Thursday, Lori Edelson, LMSW, LMFT, taught a single-session course for SOAR (Society of Active Retirees) about “Mental Health Concerns for  Seniors; Individual, Couple, and Family Issues.” Lori cited US Census Bureau information indicating that in 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65.  One in every five US residents will be a senior … Read more

What is FOMO? – Social Media & Mental Health

This week a variety of words were added to Oxford Dictionaries Online. The words likely have no meaning to many digitally-uncool adults, but teens and the technologically savvy (usually the same thing), however, are all too familiar with words due to their frequency of use on social media sites. Due to the limited number of … Read more

July is Minority Mental Health Month

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Organizations of all types and sizes are encouraged to use this wonderful opportunity to create mental … Read more

Mind Over Matter Run and National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To kick off this month devoted to reducing stigma for mental health treatment and raising awareness for suicide prevention Royal Oak hosted the 8th Annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) 5K race on May 4, 2013. Survivors, victims, advocates, friends, families, and fit-minded  people joined together to bring attention … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

Self-harm not always a sign of serious mental health problems, Swedish research suggests

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2012) — Self-harm is common among young people. Many have at one time scratched, punctured or cut themselves or hit their head forcefully against a wall, and the behaviour is almost as common among boys as girls. However, it may not be appropriate to compare young people who self-harm and adult psychiatric … Read more

Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues

Editor’s ChoiceMain Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Psychology / PsychiatryArticle Date: 02 Nov 2012 – 14:00 PDT Current ratings for:Self-Harm Among Teens Does Not Always Mean Mental Health Issues Teens often hurt themselves simply because they have heard from others that it will make them feel good, they have seen it on television or in … Read more

Right Amount of Exercise Can Boost Mental Health

But too much time spent working out can have psychological downside, experts warn FRIDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) — People who exercise 2.5 to 7.5 hours a week have better mental health, but more than that is associated with poorer mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers compared mental health to exercise by analyzing self-reported … Read more

People with Implantable Defibrillators May Need More Mental Health Support

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common among people with implanted heart defibrillators, but improved patient education and ongoing psychological support can help them cope. That’s the message in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) restores normal heart rhythm and … Read more

Health Tip: Considering Counseling?

Therapy may help you deal with depression, loss or anger (*this news item will not be available after 01/01/2013) By Diana Kohnle Wednesday, October 3, 2012 (HealthDay News) — Psychological counseling can help people cope with myriad difficult physical or emotional issues. The American Academy of Family Physicians says psychological therapy may benefit people dealing … Read more

Child Health Day

October 1, 2012 is Child Health Day. The purpose of Child Health Day is to raise awareness of how to improve and protect the health of the Nation’s children. A recent article in Huffington Post, from psychology expert and author, Lisa Firestone, draws attention to the psychological health issues that affect kids in the U.S. … Read more

People with Implantable Defibrillators May Need More Mental Health Support

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthDay News) — Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are common among people with implanted heart defibrillators, but improved patient education and ongoing psychological support can help them cope. That’s the message in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) restores normal heart rhythm and … Read more

Unemployment Causes More Mental Health Problems Among Somalis In London Than In Minneapolis

Main Category: Mental HealthAlso Included In: Public HealthArticle Date: 11 Sep 2012 – 1:00 PDT Current ratings for:Unemployment Causes More Mental Health Problems Among Somalis In London Than In Minneapolis Somali immigrants to the UK and USA appear to integrate better and have fewer mental health problems if they are allowed to work and they … Read more

Spirituality May Boost Mental Health

THURSDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) — Spirituality can be uplifting for your mental health, according to a new study. University of Missouri researchers examined the results of three surveys that asked Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Muslims and Protestants about their personalities, levels of spirituality and physical and mental health. Among people in all five faiths, a … Read more

Social Media and Privacy Concerns for Mental Health Professionals

The use of social media in healthcare has sparked a debate that has been quickly growing, as privacy concerns for the patient and the psychologist, physician and other medical staff have come front and center.  The question of what role social media should play in the medical field has certainly become a big issue, but … Read more

Schizophrenia and Young Men: The Mental Component behind the Colorado Shootings

There are still many questions regarding the tragedy that occurred at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater last month where 12 people were killed and even more were injured in the shootings carried out by 24 year old former medical student, James Holmes.  One of the biggest questions is why was Holmes seeing a campus psychologist … Read more

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Mental Health Care Benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted by Congress in 2010.  Although it will take many years for several of the law’s provisions to be completely implemented into law, there are some important changes in the way mental health care will be handled in this country, … Read more

June is Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month. In a recent online post, National Institute of Mental Health, NIMH, shed light on the differences between depression in Men and Women.  According to NIMH, men may be more likely to feel tired and irritable, lose interest in work, family and hobbies. Men are also more likely to have difficulty … Read more

Birmingham Mental Health Clinic Reports on Affect of High Fat Foods on the Brain

Mental health treatment experts at the Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that research published by the University of Montreal Hospital may add support to the theory that the vicious cycle of overeating due to being depressed, sad or anxious is based on how food affects an individual’s brain and hormones within the body. Lori Edelson, clinic spokesperson and … Read more

Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Wednesday May 9, 2012 is Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Awareness Day in 1994 with the mission to increase awareness around children’s mental health. The overarching purpose is to stimulate support for a comprehensive system of care … Read more

SAMHSA Reports Mental Illness Often Tied to Secondary Health Conditions

According to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), adults who reported any type of mental illness in the last year were more likely to also suffer from asthma, heart disease and stroke.  The results of a recent study, which looked at the number of adults who had been diagnosed with both … Read more

Closures of Public Mental Health Facilities in Chicago Brings Protests & Arrests

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is under fire for the recent closure of the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic and the city’s growing list of publicly funded mental health closures slated for later this year.  According to NBC Chicago, police arrested 23 Woodland Mental Health Clinic patients, workers and supporters who had barricaded themselves inside the clinic … Read more

Americans Less Willing to Pay for Mental Health Care vs. Medical Care

Stony Brook University School of Medicine discovered that Americans are less willing to pay to avoid mental illness versus paying to prevent medical conditions that don’t have a mental component.  The study, which tracked a national sample of 710 adults in the US, found that even though participants recognized mental illness as being more of … Read more

Stress and Your Health: How to Protect Yourself This Holiday Season

We’ve all seen the reports about stress and our mental health, but it’s important to remember that stress greatly affects our physical health as well.  The body’s natural stress reactions work to protect us from predators and other sources of possible danger.  We are hardwired to have a natural stress response, no matter where we … Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week Brings Attention to Depression in the US

In 1990, U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Health Awareness Week. October 2-8, 2011 was designated as a week to raise awareness of mental health treatment and the needs of those dealing with mental illness.  This year October 6, 2011 was also recognized as National Depression Screening Day. Did you know … Read more

Mental Health Update

This site presents new information about the many facets of mental health that is continually emerging from around the world. The Mental Health Update highlights some of that information, where it comes from, and what its relevance is to therapy for today’s world.  Articles are presented as information only and should not be considered as a  recommendation … Read more