Blog Category Behavioral Health
Did you know that expressing gratitude can improve the quality of your health and even add years to your life expectancy? Robert Emmons a psychology professor at the University of California at Davis is a leading researcher in the field of “positive psychology”. His research supports the theory that those who develop an “attitude of gratitude” can experience a wide variety of health benefits.
A diagnosis of PTSD can be shocking. You may feel as though your life has come to an end and that things will never be normal again. However, living with PTSD is less life-ending and more life-changing. You must learn to live with a mental illness and cultivate positive ways to cope with the symptoms. Ideally, that means receiving treatment on top of reworking your daily life at home.
I recently came across a listing of holidays and observances for the month of August. Hidden between National Catfish Month and Rye Bread Month, I spied Annual Happiness Happens Month. Now this is an observance I can celebrate! In light of all of the recent events that have been sapping my happiness levels, I find myself in search of anything that will bring a smile to my face and joy to my heart.
National Night Out (NNO) is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community relationships and strives to build neighborhood fellowship. National Night Out might be needed more than ever this year in light of recent events.
The holidays, while often a joyful time, can be a source of stress for many, and can bring on feelings of depression and even loneliness for others.
Below are some tips to help make the holidays a little easier.
Do something good for others
The holiday season offers many opportunities to focus on others. Make a donation of money or time to your favorite charity, take a meal to a family who may need one, shovel someone’s driveway, etc.
By: Jennifer M. Morrison
Mental illness affects 1 in 4 or 60 million Americans every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The National Institute of Mental Health reports that while everyone occasionally experiences feelings of melancholy and sadness, these feelings usually pass within a couple of days. However, someone with depression will not only feel sad, they may feel other intense emotions such as helplessness or hopelessness.