Residents of Panama City, Florida are experiencing mental health problems in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which hit the coast just over a week ago. Health professionals compared the scope of the damage to that of Hurricane Katrina. Children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of hurricanes.
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A Mediterranean diet, consisting of fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, olive oil and some meat, has many documented benefits. These include reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, keeping older adults agile and preventing strokes. Now, a new study published in Molecular Psychology shows that this type of cuisine also helps fight depression. The results point to a strong connection between a healthy diet and robust mental health. Learn more about The Mediterranean diet and how it combats depression.
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A large study published in U.S. found that regular exercise three to four times a week for about 45 minutes—especially if it has a social component—can boost mental health. People who exercised regularly, but not excessively, reported on average 1.5 fewer “bad days” during a month than those who did not exercise. Group exercise activities like team sports or aerobics classes were shown to be particularly effective in improving mental health.
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Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon final in July, but last week suffered the heaviest defeat of her career. In a post on Instagram, Williams explained that she had been struggling with post-natal emotions. The baby blues are perfectly normal, but if your symptoms persist or get worse, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. There’s plenty you can do to feel better, though, and get back on the road to happy motherhood.
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According to experts, the benefits of mindful eating, and of really savoring the food that's nourishing your body, can make your experiences with food healthier. Mindful eating is very much about trusting yourself and your body's signals. Many diets require you to scrutinize every piece of food you eat and the numbers associated with them (calories, macros, etc.), but mindful eating simply asks you to pay attention to what you're putting on your plate and how it makes you feel, rather than obsess over every single detail of each meal.
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Researchers from the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine found therapy dogs to be effective in reducing the symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Results from the research indicate children with ADHD who received canine assisted intervention experienced a reduction in inattention and an improvement in social skills.
It has been demonstrated time and again that food labels can impact your perception. Rather than relying on marketing lingo, take note of the ingredients. Limit foods made with refined grains (whether they contain gluten or not) as well as added sugar.
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How do you banish a persistent, powerful craving like one for chocolate? Two recent studies have highlighted promising strategies that use the power of mindfulness. One approach is to acknowledge the thoughts and move on, letting the craving pass. Another is to distract yourself until the craving passes. Or, a third option, give in — but just a little bit. Try having just one piece of really good, high-quality chocolate. Mindfully savor it, and move on.
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Since the administration’s policy became public, doctors and child welfare experts have spoken out about the potential health implications of separation, citing an increased risk for children of anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress and attention-deficit disorder.
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Suicide rates rose in all but one state between 1999 and 2016, with increases seen across age, gender, race and ethnicity, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In more than half of all deaths in 27 states, the people had no known mental health condition when they ended their lives.
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Pete Davidson opened up about his dating life as a person with mental illness.
"Just because someone has a mental illness does not mean they can't be happy and in a relationship. It also doesn't mean that person makes the relationship toxic."
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