Mental Health

Spearmint Supplement for Attention

Product analysis table, pencil for editing, someone’s phone rings, shiny reflection from coworker’s watch, those are weird shoes, was that a dog barking?….  Attention struggles manifest at every age, in a plethora of debilitating ways. Many medical doctors are quick to prescribe attention medications, yet patients and family members are often reluctant to take this… read more

Smart Phone App to Reduce Obsessive Behaviors

The natural desire to avoid contact with germs can sometimes go too far, as with repetitive and frequent hand-washing. For those who struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), this fear of contamination and habitual washing becomes an obsession. However, contrary to expectation, an obsession with hand-washing is less about the fear of germs and more about… read more

Holiday Hangovers, Stress, and the Brain

Imagine it: Pounding headache, sour stomach, and fatigue like a heavy blanket willing me to close my eyes. Fifteen minutes before I needed to be at the office; enough time to stop for coffee. The decaf latte would be more a distraction than a caffeine rush but hopefully help me snap out of it. No,… read more

Plugged In: The Conundrum of Disconnected Connections

It was 7:30AM as I drove through the bitter cold winter wind. Despite the heat blowing from my car vents the atmosphere inside felt bitter cold as well. My son sat stiffly beside me, arms crossed angrily across his 12-year old chest and glared out at the frosty landscape. I knew he was probably reflecting… read more

Winter Blues

It’s that time of year again…shorter days, longer nights, and far fewer opportunities to soak up the sunshine. While we might love the coziness of a winter day indoors, many people suffer from such lack of sun exposure and develop symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, and depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) impacts more women than men,… read more

Football Star’s Incredible Story of Recovery with Brain Training

As high school football season ramps up, parents and professionals are increasingly pressing for research on treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries. Over the past several years science has revealed the devastating dangers of repeated blows to the head and/or multiple concussions in children and young adults. Media coverage of past NFL players has brought… read more

Single Session Mental Health Interventions

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer A staggering number of teens with mental health issues like depression and anxiety are not receiving the help they need. Multi-session based therapies can be expensive and time demanding, but there may be a promising new type of intervention for youths with mental health struggles. Single-session Interventions (SSI) offer… read more

Pregnancy Stress and Later Distress

Moody teenage years might be caused by significant prenatal stress. Researchers at Central European Institute of Technology analyzed MRI and mood-related data from a cohort of 93 young adults and found that higher prenatal stress predicted altered brain states and poor mood in young adulthood. Early intervention for young children who were subjected to stressful events… read more

ASD School Intervention

Can you believe research has estimated that about half of all children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) could also be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder? Due to this, new research has been completed on evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy in our schools. The research team gathered participants with high reports of anxiety… read more

Parents and Mental Healthcare

More and more teenagers and children are in need of mental health services (13.4% of all teens and children), but only a slim percentage of these kids are actually receiving the help they need. Responsibility lies on the parents of these teens and children to help them get the services they need. As a parent,… read more

Stressed?

The Impact of Stress on Your Brain and What You Can Do About It by Amy Lawson Moore, PhD THE RAT RACE Americans are stressed. We work hard, study hard, parent hard, and marry hard. In a culture where downtime is painfully undervalued, we are expected to produce, perform, and be masters of our crafts… read more

Training to Fight Depression

Looking for an alternative way to reduce rumination thoughts and depressive symptoms? MAP (Mental and Physical) training may be very beneficial! Researchers collected data on the mental and physical benefits of MAP training, specifically on participants’ rumination and depression symptoms. The participants were divided into two groups, one group with participants who were diagnosed with… read more