Bonus Benefits to Quitting Smoking

New research has found that smokers who quit may have greater success in addressing mental health or addiction issues. Based on surveys from 35,000 people, researchers found that people who quit smoking were 33% less likely to have mood disorders, 36% less likely to have alcohol problems and 69% less likely have drug problems than…

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Why A Peaceful Life May Be a Longer Life

Anxiety is the most common mental illness and is now linked to a common cause of death. American Heart Association research reviewed 22 years of data from 6000 people aged 25-74. They found the most anxious people were 33% more likely to have a stroke later in life. Anxiety induced inactivity, smoking, higher stress hormone…

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We’re Missing the Boat with Teen Mental Health

Over half of adolescents with a mental health issue won't get treated. If they do it's often not by a mental health professional. Researchers at Duke University found that the most commonly untreated mental illnesses were anxiety disorders and phobias. Lack of child psychiatrists and stigma surrounding mental health issues are the primary contributors to…

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Diet and Depression

A recent study from Finland has shown that a healthy diet can prevent severe depression. The study followed 2000 men for 13-20 years and found that those who ate a diet of vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, poultry, fish and low-fat cheese exhibited less symptoms of depression and were at lower risk of becoming depressed later…

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Sick and Tired

“Bobby! How’s it going, dude?” Josh leaned over the cubicle wall. “Great Super Bowl, huh?”“Yeah. Great game.” Robert did not look up from his computer key board.“Whoa, man, what happened?” Josh came around the cubicle wall to get a closer look at his friend. “Did your team lose you a lot of money?”“Nah. The game…

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Beware of Excessive Computer Use by Your Chrildren

Over the past year I have been conducting statistical analysis on many different items that are related to the health of youth. One area of interest to me has been whether excessive internet use might be associated with the mental health of young people.I obtained a database from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of Idaho,…

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Is A Bad Job Worse Than Not Working?

Researchers at the Australian National University have revealed that people working a demanding job without having job security or fair pay got significantly (p<0.05) lower mental health scores than people who just stayed unemployed. However, those who traded unemployment for a high-quality job increased their mental health scores. PositiveTip: Circumstances certainly influence our mental health, but…

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Outer vs. Inner Health

A few years ago I was in the market for another car. The family finances dictated it be a used one. I began combing the ads in the local paper for the model I was interested in getting. Eventually, my search narrowed to two possibilities and I set up appointments to look at them both.When…

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