Mind-Body Exercises Benefit Emotional Health

Mind-body exercises such as Tai Chi, Chi Gong and Yoga not only improve physical fitness but also alleviate mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, according to a study. The Chen Wai Wai Vivien Foundation Therapeutic Physical Mental Exercise ...

Dec 19

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5 effective parenting programs to reduce problem behaviors in children

All parents want what's best for their children. But not every parent knows how to provide their child with the tools to be successful, or how to help them avoid the biggest adolescent behavior problems: substance use, delinquency, school dropout, ...

Dec 19

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Art Elevates the Mind by Increasing Empathy, Critical Thinking and ...

A new large-scale experiment on over 10,000 students finds that a one-hour tour of an art museum can increase empathy, tolerance and critical thinking skills. By carefully timetabling when they visited, the researchers were able to create an ...

Dec 18

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Peer specialists use their experience to counsel others with mental ...

Hong Kong: Lily Chan Lei-hung has had more than enough ups and downs for a lifetime. She's has gone from working as a business development manager for a publicly listed American company, to being an unemployed divorcee battling bipolar disorder. ...

Dec 18

Categories: Mental Health in Asia, Mental Health Professions

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Positive Self Talk Can Boost Your Athletic Endurance

During a tough workout or a physical game, we get plenty of signals from our body that muscles are sore and the endurance wall is fast approaching. However, our brain is wired to be overprotective and tells us the tank is almost empty when in fact ...

Dec 17

Categories: Sports Psychology

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What's the difference between a happy life and a meaningful one?

For some it's lying on a sun-drenched beach sipping sangria, for others it's wallowing in a cosy cocoon munching on chocolate and playing video games. Many people will admit that these or other immediate indulgences are what makes them happy. And ...

Dec 17

Categories: Happiness

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Counting Sheep is Not a Way to Get to Sleep

Most have tried imagining one sheep at a time jumping between a clean white picket fence and a crescent moon in perfect arcs. After sheep #1, you are still wide awake, but by sheep #25 you earn a yawn and by sheep #50 you are having trouble keeping ...

Dec 17

Categories: Sleep Disorders

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Dealing With Disaster As Much A Psychological Issue As A Physical One

KUALA LUMPUR: Every year a number of our fellow citizens fall victim to floods. Volunteers all around the nation come forward to aid these victims, and slowly but surely, the damage to property is worked on as victims return to their homes. However ...

Dec 17

Categories: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Protein that controls Anxiety and Trauma in Brain discovered

A team of Montréal researchers at the IRCM led by Dr. Nabil G. Seidah, in collaboration with Dr. William C. Wetsel's team at Duke University in the United States, discovered that the protein PC7 plays a critical role in the brain by affecting ...

Dec 16

Categories: Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex PTSD

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Parent behaviors linked to kids' anxiety, depression

Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids' lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies. Kids tend to first experience depression or ...

Dec 16

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting

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‘Depression can be passed on during pregnancy’

Pregnant women with depression can pass the condition on to their unborn babies, research has found. A combination of genetic and environmental factors can put children at an increased risk of anxiety and mood disorders. This is due to changes in ...

Dec 16

Categories: Child Development, Depression, Pregnancy & Birthing

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Scientists improve human self-control through electrical brain ...

If you have ever said or done the wrong thing at the wrong time, you should read this. Neuroscientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the University of California, San Diego, have successfully demonstrated ...

Dec 14

Categories: Control Issues

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How sleep makes your mind more creative

It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work immediately. This is unusual behaviour for me. However, it’s a tried and tested technique for ...

Dec 13

Categories: Creative Blocks

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Can stressed out parents cause obesity in children?

Parental stress is linked to weight gain in children, according to a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital. The study found that children whose parents have high levels of stress have a Body Mass Index, or BMI, about 2 per cent higher than those ...

Dec 13

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting

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Women Hate Sexy Ads, Unless They’re for Something Expensive

Women are turned off by sexually explicit images in advertisements. Unless, that is, the item being advertised is very precious. And valuable. And rare. Like, maybe, a once a year type gift. At least, that’s the findings of a new study by an ...

Dec 12

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