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Screen Time & Adolescent Depression

In a recent study reported in Medscape from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of previous studies regarding screen time and depression. Results indicated that when adolescents and preadolescents were exposed to more than 2 hours per day of screen time, their depression rates increased. Longer screen time per day was associated with an increased risk …

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Antidepressants, Children & Adolescents

The use of antidepressants with children and adolescents is not well supported in the literature Studies continue to be done trying to figure out whether to use antidepressants with children and adolescents and, if so, which specific antidepressant to use. That was the main question in the recent network meta-analysis conducted by lead researchers, Andrea Cipriani, PhD, associate professor, Department …

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Resilience & Personality – Part 4

Dealing With Emotional Pain When a person undergoes a life disruption, it may not advisable to take medication that will alleviate the pain immediately. When pain is alleviated with medication, the person’s motivation to make changes is reduced. And there is a great deal to learn from the process of managing emotional pain. (Of course, there are times when medication …

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Resilience & Personality – Part 3

Those who are resilient have many of the following characteristics A Sense of Hope and Trust in the World Those who are resilient seem to believe in the basic goodness of the world and trust that things will turn out all right in the end. This positive attitude allows them to weather times when everything seems bleak and to look …

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Resilience & Personality – Part 2

Bouncing Back from Hardship We all have the capacity to reorganize our lives after a disruption and to achieve new levels of order and meaningfulness if we know how to activate our resilience. In fact, in order to mature through the process of meaningful change and reintegration, we may need to experience life disruptions. In other words, life disruptions are …

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Resilience & Personality

Bouncing Back from Hardship “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson All of us experience major disruptions at certain points in our lives. In fact, this is an expected and predictable hallmark of the human condition. For some, these hard times come frequently – the impact …

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Social Media & Depression

The higher use of social media has been suspected to be a catalyst for young people’s higher rates of depression compared to previous generations. New research suggests that, indeed, there is a relationship between one’s use of social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, etc.) and depression. The April, 2016, issue of Depression and Anxiety reported a study in …

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Active Listening & Couples

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Actively Listening

ACTIVE COMMUNICATION REQUIRES ONE PERSON TO TALK AND THE OTHER TO LISTEN..AND BOTH TO DO THEIR PART WELL Listening is the other half of communication. Our first though, when we think about communication, may be to consider the speaker’s ability to convey ideas effectively. What we forget is that without a listener the speaker may as well be talking to …

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Couples & Infidelity

after an affair & marriage counseling
This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series After An Affair

The single most destructive threat to a committed relationship is when one of the partners engages in a sexual relationship with another person. This is not an uncommon event. Conservative estimates suggest that about a quarter of women, and a third of men, have violated their marital commitment to their partners. About 65 percent of marriages struck by infidelity end …

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Anxiety or Worry – Part 4

Anxiety, Anxiety Therapy

Panic Attacks One of the most debilitating manifestations of anxiety is the panic attack. These dramatic episodes of anxiety seem to come out of the blue and happen even when there is no real danger. They are usually intense for a few minutes and then subside. The sufferer may experience chest pains, the feeling of smothering, dizziness, heart pounding, depersonalization, …

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