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10 Things Men Do That Make Their Depression Worse

As a man, I can tell you that talking about the topic of depression with other guys makes you about as popular as a porcupine in a balloon factory. But here’s the thing – nearly 10% of men in the United States struggle with this mental health issue (CDC, 2015). And...

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Body Image and Exercise | Psychology of Eating

At first glance, it may seem like exercising and having a positive body image are at odds. After all, we often exercise in order to lose weight because we do not have a positive attitude about our bodies as they are. But, as a University of Florida study suggests,...

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How Embracing Vulnerability Strengthens Our Relationships

Science has revealed a long list of complex reasons why social connections benefit our mental and physical health. Having relationships and support can lead to longer lives, healthier habits, reduced symptoms of stress, and a sense of meaning. Most of us have...

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What Do the Symptoms of Trauma Really Look Like?

Being a psychotherapist that specializes in trauma, I have a unique opportunity to study the effects of trauma on the brain, on the body, and on the client’s subjective experience of the world. I think it is very important for the world of medicine and psychology to...

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How Are You? Really, How Are You?

What does it mean when you first see someone you know and say, “How are you?” Is it a greeting, like “hello"? Or are you actually interested in that person’s health? That depends on a number of factors: How well do you know this person? Are you just passing each other...

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Mental Illness Splits Families

A diagnosis of mental illness like anxiety or a mood disorder in one family member affects the whole family.  It might bring a strain on relationships and can be wearing on the entire family in addition to the effects it has on the individual.  These responses are not...

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Six Important Truths about Depression

In any given year, 6.7 percent of the adult population in the United States will experience a major depressive episode, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. For those who are not part of the 6.7 percent, it may be impossible to understand what someone...

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