Understanding Mental Health: Defining mental illness

PHILIPPINES - "A MENTAL illness is just like any other illness," said Dr. Laureen Conanan, chief of Southern Philippines Medical Center's Institute of Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (SPMC-IPBM), and that mental illness can also take various ...

Feb 7

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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How to Respond to Rude or Inappropriate Remarks

Sooo, you've been together for seven years; when are you finally going to get engaged? How come you two aren't having kids yet? You know it's harder to get pregnant as you age. For instance, my cousin, Tina… People say the darnedest things, ...

Feb 6

Categories: Anger Management

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To be creative, it helps to cheat

FROM James Moriarty to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the idea of the evil genius has been a staple of storytelling. But is it true? Or, to put the matter less starkly, is there a connection between creativity and dishonesty in real people who are not bent ...

Feb 6

Categories: Creative Blocks

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Mind Over Matter: Beating Pain and Painkillers

With nearly one-third of Americans suffering from chronic pain, prescription opioid painkillers have become the leading form of treatment for this debilitating condition. Unfortunately, misuse of prescription opioids can lead to serious side effects ...

Feb 6

Categories: Chronic Pain, Pain management

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10 Easy Things That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. So naturally we are obsessed with it. I would love to be happier, as I'm sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ...

Feb 5

Categories: Happiness, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Meditation, Workplace ...

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Two Stressed People Equals Less Stress

Does giving a speech in public stress you out? Or writing a big presentation for your boss? What about skydiving? One way to cope, according to a new study from Sarah Townsend, assistant professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall ...

Feb 5

Categories: Stress Management

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Can having a savings account for your child promote positive ...

A college savings account in a child’s name not only gives parents hope for the future, it also results in improved social-emotional health for their children. The study, led by Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for Social Development ...

Feb 4

Categories: Child Development

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"Placebo sleep" can boost your mental performance

Believing that you've had a good night's sleep can influence your mental performance, regardless of how much sleep you actually had. That's according to a new paper, by Christina Draganich and Kristi Erdal, who tricked students into thinking there's ...

Feb 4

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Same-Sex Parenting Does Not Harm Children, Research Review Finds

Children who are raised by same-sex parents do just as well in social development, education and emotionally as those raised by heterosexual couples, an Australian review of the research finds. In Australia 11% of gay men and 33% of lesbians have ...

Feb 4

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Is Revenge really sweet?

An interesting paper in the snappily titled International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology examines what we know about the psychology of revenge. It seems that taking revenge is rare, but when it happens, it is not only ...

Feb 3

Categories: Ending a relationship issues

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Malaysian Minister backs mental health examination for those ...

MALAYSIA - A mental health test on couples intending to get hitched is seen as the best way to reduce domestic violence. Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said as such, the ministry had no objection ...

Feb 3

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Relationships & Marriage

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Novel on schizophrenic wins Costa Book Award

Nathan Filer's debut novel, The Shock Of The Fall, is a haunting and powerful take on guilt, death and mental illness and has won best first novel at the 2014 Costa Book Awards.

Feb 3

Categories: Schizophrenia

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How Thinking Works: 10 Brilliant Cognitive Psychology Studies ...

Fifty years ago there was a revolution in psychology which changed the way we think about the mind. The ‘cognitive revolution’ ...

Jan 30

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Hong Kong Policy address neglected important mental health issues

Hong Kong - There are 198 paragraphs in this year's policy address, but only one addresses the issue of mental health. Enhancing the standard of care is an important component of any mental health strategy, be it regional or national, but the ...

Jan 29

Categories: Mental Health in Asia

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Charitable acts may backfire if seen as self-serving

If someone volunteers at a charity hoping to reel in a love interest, is that act still viewed as altruistic? Not likely, according to a study published in the January edition of Psychological Science. Yale University researchers found that people ...

Jan 29

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