Archive for October, 2010


Neuroimaging Is Being Used to Study Brain Development

Neuroimaging and Mental Illness: A Window Into the Brain Researchers use brain scans to study brain development in healthy people and people with illnesses. This publication answers frequently asked questions about what brain scans can and cannot do related to diagnosing mental illnesses. Brain imaging scans, also called neuroimaging scans, are being used more and […]

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How Individuals Create a Defensive Atmosphere in a Relationship

  Have a long list of expectations for the other person. Assume that all anger is bad and that you should never disagree. Use the word or phrase you frequently use during disagreements…You never.. If only you would.. Keep secrets, reveal only flattering facts about yourself and keep all negative experiences inside. Hold firmly the […]

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Defensive Communication

 Are You in a Relationship with Someone who Communicates Defensively? Is there a pattern of accusing words, threats, or anger? Is there a frequent effort to change the other person’s perspective? Does one person share thoughts and feelings while the other hides behind a wall of evasiveness? Or do both of you hold your feelings […]

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What Are Signs of Unhealthy Boundaries?

  The family of origin is allowed to negatively  affect your new family You play second fiddle to someone or something else; you feel like you get the ‘leftovers’ An adult who doesn’t stand on their own financially An adult who is a perpetual child Triangulation instead of one-to-one communication A child is overly responsible […]

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Boundaries - What are they and why are they necessary?

Boundaries – What are they and why are they necessary for individuals, couples, children, and families?   How are healthy boundaries developed?   They are developed in childhood and modeled by our family of origin through ‘healthy’ bonding, separation and individuation; loving communication and teaching; and consistent limit setting and consequences. How are our boundaries […]

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Control Drinking over the Holidays

Excessive drinking can lead to vehicular accidents, hangovers, and unwanted calories and health problems. If you intend to celebrate with alcohol this holiday season, keep in mind the following tips on… How to Control Drinking and Be Safe over the Holidays: Attend only the gatherings you really want to go to Arrive close to mealtime […]

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Twelve Ways to Stay on Your Diet during the Holidays | holiday diet

Holiday Diet For most people, holiday eating leads to abandoning diets and gaining weight. Pre-emptive planning can help prevent that post-holiday bulge without ruining your holiday feast by following these… Twelve Ways to Stay on Your Diet during the Holidays Take or serve fat-free or low-fat dishes for potluck parties Replace sweets with healthy holiday […]

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Beat the Holiday Blues

Typically the holidays evoke visions of happiness and joy with family, friends and holiday gatherings. However, for those without friends or family near, it can be a time of overwhelming sadness, loneliness and stress triggering depression. More than 35 million Americans are affected by depression in their lifetime, and it becomes even more prevalent during the holidays. To […]

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Indications that Your Child May Need Professional Help | talking with kids

All children need daily support and guidance.  However, some children are marked by more serious struggles and may require professional help from outside the family.  It is never too late to reach out for help.  Early intervention may reduce the damage that problems or acting-out behavior might cause. Watch for these… Indications that Your Child […]

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Good Mental Health for Children | childrens mental health

Most parents find it easier to identify a child’s physical needs – balanced and nutritious meals; adequate shelter and clothing; sufficient rest and physical activity; medical care; and a safe living environment.  However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious.  Good mental health allows a child to think clearly and learn; […]

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