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Stress in College: How Much is Too Much?

by Mackenzie M. July 11th, 2011 | Mental Health
Whether you attend a four-year university, a two-year local college, or a technical school, chances are that during the tedious and never-ending semesters, one word is always on the tip of your tongue: stress. According to Healthline, stress can only be defined as “an unavoidable part of life that has helped humans survive for thousands of years and keeps us on our toes in dangerous or critical situations.”

Alright, now let’s get real. Put simply, in the life of a college student, stress is trying to make time for your significant other, while writing your paper for History 101, while
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Time to Worry?

by Mackenzie M. June 14th, 2011 | Mental Health
We all have worries. We worry about our jobs, our families, and our health. Worrying is a normal part of human behavior; however, believe it or not, it is possible to worry too much for our own good. Sometimes, these worries can build up into forms of anxiety and obsessions, which can only be relieved by completing a certain compulsion, or action.

According to the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex disorder of the brain and behavior that causes severe anxiety in those affected by both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of
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End of School Stress

by MPK May 17th, 2011 | Children's Health, Mental Health
For many students, May and June are an exciting time of year.  The number of days until school ends and summer begins are counted with great anticipation.  Students daydream about days without homework assignments and the hectic pace of the school day.  However, before summer begins, teens have responsibilities to handle: year end projects, final exams, summer job hunting.  While parents can't (or at least shouldn't) take on these jobs, they can help their teens learn to manage the stress involved with them.

Lisa Greenberg, a psychologist in Madison, New Jersey, offers the following suggetions:

  • Empathize with the stress your teen
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Does Clutter Really Cause Prejudice?

by Jane Wangersky April 18th, 2011 | Mental Health
A recent news story made some of us feel guilty about our cluttered homes and work spaces - were we unintentionally turning our family, friends, and co-workers into bigots?  The headlines read: "How litter and graffiti can poison our minds by turning us more racist;" "Racism and homophobia worse in chaotic environments;"  and "Dutch study finds that unclean environments feed stereotypes."

Researchers in Utrecht, Netherlands, took advantage of a strike by cleaning staff at the city's train station. Amidst the gathering trash, they asked white travelers to fill out surveys about Muslims and homosexuals. They also took note
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Eating Disorders Are Not a “Female Problem”

by Jane Wangersky March 25th, 2011 | Children's Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutrition
Most people would picture someone with an eating disorder as a very thin -- or very overweight -- girl or young woman, not as an athletic, muscular young male. Yet, though eating disorders affect boys and men less often, they do strike them -- and the patient's self-image as an athlete can be a factor. The results can be just as devastating as they are for girls and women.

Let's take a quick look at exactly what eating disorders are. The National Institute of Mental Health sums it up: "An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is
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