Behavioral Health Blog

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What Parents Should Know About Teens and Electronic Cigarettes

What Parents Should Know About Teens and Electronic Cigarettes In 2018, more than 37% of high school seniors reported vaping, which is the practice of smoking e-cigarettes. That’s an increase of about 10% over the previous year’s findings. It’s not just older students using tobacco this way. About one in ten eighth graders report vaping as well. With these numbers now at record highs,…

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How Visual Media Affects Children

Clinically Edited & Approved by: Angela Hamm, NP-BC How Visual Media Affects Children If you’ve ever left a superhero movie feeling inspired, cried during your favorite network drama, or felt moved to act by a documentary, you know that the media you consume can have a powerful effect on your feelings. As such, it stands to reason that television and movies can change the…

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Can Food Boost Your Mood?

Can Food Boost Your Mood? Many people know that unbalanced diets can lead to physical problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. However, fewer people understand how food affects your mood. Not only could an unhealthy diet cause long-term physical health problems, but it can affect your mood in the moment and beyond. Like the rest of the body, the brain needs fuel to…

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How Loss Affects Teens

Clinically Edited & Approved by: Candace Giles, M.D. How Loss Affects Teens As a parent, you want to protect your child from some of the hardest things in life. However, if your teen’s loved one or friend passes away, it can feel impossible to help. While you cannot take away the pain of losing someone important, you can help your teen process these difficult…

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How Behavioral Change Can Improve Your Mood

How Behavioral Change Can Improve Your Mood Everyone has rough days sometimes. Problems at work, frustrating interactions with family, or even hormonal changes can cause negative feelings to dwell. Think about how you deal with days like this? Do you grab a pint of ice cream and binge your favorite show? Do you isolate yourself and wallow in those negative feelings? Do you lash…

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Is Anger a Symptom of Depression?

Is Anger a Symptom of Depression? Angry outbursts happen even when we try to stay calm. We all know how difficult it can to try and manage anger. A persistent problem with irritability and angry outbursts, even in the face of small triggers, may be more than just a bad mood or a personality problem. It may be a symptom of clinical depression. According…

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How Psychiatrists Are Innovating the Treatment of Emotional Imbalance

How Psychiatrists Are Innovating the Treatment of Emotional Imbalance Have you ever felt like your heart and mind were playing tug-of-war with one another? Perhaps you longed for a romantic partner who was no good for you or wanted to eat dessert when you knew it would set back your weight loss goals. If this sounds familiar, you know how important emotional balance can…

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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month Why Mental Health Awareness is Important A nonprofit organization called Mental Health America started observing may as Mental Health Awareness month in 1949. Now, millions of participants across the country observe the occasion through local events, documentary screenings, and online media. Through each of these actions, Mental Health Awareness Month helps the 46.6 million American adults and million of…

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How Social Relationships Impact Your Health

How Social Relationships Impact Your Health As social beings, humans understand the value and importance of social connections. Relationships give us entertainment, assistance, guidance, and most importantly support knowing that you don’t have to face the world alone. UNC Chapel Hill conducted a study that suggests that social relationships may also impact your physical health and consequently influence how long you’ll live. Social Connections…

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Different Family Exercisies to Reduce Stress

Different Family Exercises to Reduce Stress Many families with busy schedules understand how difficult it is to find the time necessary to lead a well-balanced life. Making family stress management part of your daily routine can greatly improve your mental health. Exercising together as a family is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Exercise can help reduces stress, lower the risk of…

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