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Mental Health

PTSD: The Effect on The Navy Yard Gunman and The Public

The shootings yesterday in the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. have again had Americans glued to the TV and Internet to watch a tragedy unfold real time in front of their eyes. According to an article on CNN, the person believed to be responsible for the shooting reportedly had posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. So …

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Dealing with Mental Health Issues as We Age

Many people go through periods of having the “blues” in life, particularly as we get older. However, you may not realize that some of these “normal signs of aging”, such as sadness, mood swings and loss of interest in regular activities, may actually be symptoms of a mental illness which can be diagnosed, treated and …

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What Mark Twain and 20.9 Million Americans Have In Common

Depression isn’t funny whether it’s an occasional “blue” day or a life-long struggle. Author Mark Twain (born Samuel Clements) may have spoken and written some very funny words but few know that he suffered from depression and shares this medical condition with composers Cole Porter, Stephen Austin, and Kurt Cobain. Many more notable people have been affected …

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Sandy Hook Reminds Us More Needs to be Done to Help Mentally Ill

Sandy Hook Reminds Us That There is More to Be Done to Help Mentally Ill

I’m not sure when it all changed. I know it did for me in 1999, when I watched in horror as two students at a Denver High School walked in and killed 13 of their classmates and a teacher. The Columbine shooting has forever impacted my outlook on how safe we are at work or in public places, and how safe …

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Social anxiety disorder: Are you shy or is it something more?

Sweaty palms, an accelerated heartbeat and nausea. No, it’s not a heart attack. It’s what some people feel when they have to face a social situation. What you call shy, may actually be social anxiety disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 15 million American adults are living with social anxiety disorder.  …

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