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Archives for Mental Health

Hypochondria

by Mackenzie M. December 29th, 2011 | Mental Health
Hypochondria is often mentioned in every day conversations and even on television and movies. It is characterized as a laughable condition in which a person simply believes he or she is sick all of the time; however, this condition is much more serious than that, and it deserves attention.

Officially known as hypochondriasis, the condition is defined as “worry over an imagined illness with exaggeration of symptoms, no matter how insignificant, that lasts for at least six months and causes significant distress.” The condition can develop on its own, but most commonly follows generalized anxiety disorder or depression. Rather than
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Are You in an Addictive Relationship?

by Mackenzie M. December 1st, 2011 | Mental Health
Earlier this week I had an interesting conversation about a condition that is absolutely fascinating, especially to someone who is involved in the dating scene. There is a type of relationship that many people have experienced, but who may not know that it was unhealthy. It is called an addictive relationship, and it can be devastating to your personal emotions, as well as your relationships with others.

In an addictive relationship, one partner is self-centered and focused only on their desires, while the other partner is dependent and other-centered, willing to mirror the other partner. Below I have listed seven
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Suicide Prevention in College

by Mackenzie M. November 3rd, 2011 | Mental Health
Earlier this week I found myself reading a shocking article in the Mental Health section of the MSNBC website. The title, “Half of college students consider suicide,” was both striking and terrifying.

As a college student myself, the facts presented in the article really hit home for me. I have written about anxiety and stress in college before, so in this article I will focus on things to look for in friends that could be warning signs of suicidal thoughts, and some resources to use for more information on the issue.

Although the article is from 2008, the facts ring true
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Stress Prevention in College

by Mackenzie M. October 6th, 2011 | Mental Health
In one of my previous articles, I wrote about how to recognize stress in college students. Well, it is that time of the semester again, and college students, including myself, are feeling the weight of mid-terms (and life) on their shoulders. The demands financially, academically, and emotionally, far outweigh the supply of money, study time, and emotions that college students possess.

To help, I have compiled a list of smart ways to prevent this stress.

Make smart financial decisions. We have all had to learn the skill of money management the hard way. Every day, college students are bombarded with advertisements,
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Coping with College

by Mackenzie M. September 8th, 2011 | Mental Health
Last week, it finally came time for my younger sister to fly the nest. Much like myself, she had selected a university thousands of miles from home, in the depths of south Florida. Almost immediately, the calls concerning homesickness and feelings of helplessness began. So when thinking of a topic for this week’s mental health article, it seemed fitting to write about a mental health issue that is not only affecting my sister, but thousands of college freshmen around the nation: homesickness. I have compiled a list of some short and easy tips to get you feeling at home
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