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Pope Reveals He Had Weekly Therapy Sessions at Age 42

In times of distress, many seek solace in religion, while others turn to therapy. But what about utilizing both?  Seeking professional help is not anything anyone should be ashamed of, despite religious beliefs. You do not have to choose. Even the Pope recently admitted going to therapy at one point in his life. In the . . . . Continue Reading


Bird Watching Near Your Home Boosts Mental Health

Growing up, I always had a fascination with birds. Nothing beats the sound of birds happily chirping away in the morning. In fact, a recent study suggests that bird watching is good for your mental health. Even more shocking, they found that people who live in neighborhoods with more birds are less likely to suffer . . . . Continue Reading


New Treatment Approach Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit

Author: Shernide Delva Quitting smoking is hard. Quitting smoking when you’re depressed is even harder. That’s why researchers are testing a new smoking cessation treatment combining medication and behavioral activation therapy targeted at this particular population. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine have pinpointed why quitting smoking is so difficult for depressed people. Now, they are testing . . . . Continue Reading


The Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse

Bipolar disorder and substance abuse have been correlated in various studies over the past few decades. Unfortunately, a new follow-up study has yielded the same results. Furthermore, the follow-up found that the incidence of cigarette use and substance abuse was even greater five years after diagnosis.  Those with persistent bipolar symptoms were found to have . . . . Continue Reading


The Benefits of Self-Talk

Do you talk to yourself? If you don’t, maybe you should start. Turns out, talking to yourself is not that crazy after all. Various articles have concluded that self-talk has immense mental health benefits. When you talk to yourself, you are paying attention to the person that matters the most: you. Talking to yourself is . . . . Continue Reading


Your Mind and Body Without Alcohol

In early sobriety, it can be scary to imagine how your life will change without alcohol. The truth is they are very real physical and psychological changes your body goes through in the beginning stages. Years of drinking really can take a toll on the human body, both physically and mentally. The good news is . . . . Continue Reading


3 Characteristics of Adult Children from Emotionally Cold Homes

Children of emotionally barren homes struggle as adults. Most children raised in homes like these seek approval and affirmation because they feel they are different from other people. Early in life, you may have been envious of the homes of your friends and knew your life was different. A recent article explored this topic further. . . . . Continue Reading


Many Mothers Struggle With PTSD After a Traumatic Childbirth

Some women experience labor so challenging that the experience results in postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following childbirth. This usually occurs from a real or perceived trauma during delivery or postpartum. Types of trauma includes: Prolapsed cord Unplanned C-section Use of vacuum extractor or forceps to deliver the baby Baby going to NICU Feelings of powerlessness, . . . . Continue Reading


Why You Should Love Being Sensitive

Sensitive people often go to great lengths to hide their inner sensitivity. However, being sensitive does not have to be a bad thing. You do not have to hide behind your emotions anymore.  There are positives to being sensitive that the right people in your life will appreciate. Sensitive people are often the most compassionate . . . . Continue Reading


The Connection Between Depression and Alcoholism

Depression and alcoholism together are a destructive combination. Unfortunately, the two are commonly intertwined with one another. Nearly one-quarter of alcohol-dependent men and close to half of alcohol-dependent women also have a concurrent diagnosis of depression.  Researchers wanted to explain the association these two symptoms had with one another. The interesting part about the two . . . . Continue Reading


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