Mental Health

Information and insights to help you better understand and treat a wide array mental or behavioral health conditions

  • For some, depression deepens as temperatures rise

    For some, depression deepens as temperatures rise

    It’s sunny and warm outside, kids are splashing in wading pools and your friends are posting vacation pictures on social media. So why aren’t you happy? It may seem counterintuitive to most...

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  • Housing is health care

    Housing is health care

    My first conversations when meeting other health care professionals have become very predictable and usually go something like this: “What is it you do for Providence St. Joseph Health,...

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  • Don’t be afraid of your mistakes

    Don’t be afraid of your mistakes

    “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” -Pema Chodrun One night I was sitting around my Los Angeles apartment. (It doesn’t matter...

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  • Yoga tools that raise your game

    Yoga tools that raise your game

    Yoga tools can help people safely achieve correct yoga poses. The yoga wheel helps improve flexibility, strength, and balance. A yoga trapeze can help reverse adverse effects of sitting and...

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  • Mushroom tea: A fungi new way to give your morning a boost

    Mushroom tea: A fungi new way to give your morning a boost

    Chaga and reishi mushrooms may help boost your immune system. Sipping your mushrooms may slow certain aspects of aging. Mushroom tea may be good for your heart. How do you take your...

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  • Sitting is the new smoking: Unshackle yourself from your desk

    Sitting is the new smoking: Unshackle yourself from your desk

    Lack of exercise invites heart disease, diabetes and other problems. Start thinking about ways to do less sitting each day. Make choices to take breaks to refresh your mind and find...

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  • Change your POV: Can hanging upside down improve your health?

    Change your POV: Can hanging upside down improve your health?

    Inversion therapy, when done safely and correctly, may help: Relieve pressure on joints and bones; Minimize compression; Align the spine; Offer short-term relief for lower back pain. Have...

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  • Sticks, stones and fake news? Can it hurt you?

    Sticks, stones and fake news? Can it hurt you?

      Imagine awakening in the wee hours to the sounds of your child coughing and struggling to draw a clear breath. You get out of bed and head for the medicine cabinet, where you pluck a remedy...

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  • What are we doing when we yawn?

    What are we doing when we yawn?

      Yawning helps cool a warm brain Sometimes, a yawn signals a physical or medical issue In dogs (and perhaps humans), a yawn is one of an arsenal of calming signals   When you yawn, you...

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  • Horoscopes aside, your birth month really does affect your health

    Horoscopes aside, your birth month really does affect your health

    Seasonal allergens present in infancy may leave you prone to certain conditions later in life. Circadian rhythm and sunlight play an important role in mental health. For centuries, physicians...

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  • Changing lives with occupational therapy

    Changing lives with occupational therapy

      Occupational therapy helps people regain independence after major health issues Occupational therapists help patients relearn basic self-care tasks and cope with emotional and cognitive...

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  • Is it bad to eat less as we age?

    Is it bad to eat less as we age?

    It can be normal to eat less as we age, but not if it causes drastic weight loss Physical, mental or environmental factors can be underlying causes A physician, or a program such as Optimal...

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  • How to have a body-positive spring break

    How to have a body-positive spring break

    Spring break offers students a week of fun and adventure with their friends, yet it can also be a source of anxiety stemming from body issues. Advertising and the media contribute greatly to...

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  • The Everyday Better philosophy

    The Everyday Better philosophy

      Everybody can use a little fitness and sweat in their lives. Working out helps the heart, the mind and builds the muscles that help you maintain mobility as you age. While there’s a wide...

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  • Sick and tired: Why sleep deprivation can be bad for your health

    Sick and tired: Why sleep deprivation can be bad for your health

    Poor sleep affects all areas of wellness, not just feeling tired — it can lead to serious health issues Improve sleep habits by following the body’s sleep cycles   Sleep deprivation is more...

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  • Surprising health benefits of mushrooms

    Surprising health benefits of mushrooms

    Edible mushrooms offer numerous health benefits Studies suggest mushrooms help promote neurological regeneration in the brain Mushrooms may have beneficial effects for those with certain...

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  • No “likes” for social media stress

    No “likes” for social media stress

    Social networks can cause stress in a variety of ways Too much time online, as well as reading negative content, can lead to worry and anxiety If you’re feeling stressed, find some ways to...

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  • Parkland: Enough is enough

    Parkland: Enough is enough

      When news broke about last week’s shooting in Parkland, Fla., it was unbearable to see the faces and learn the stories of the 17 innocent students and teachers who were murdered in the middle...

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  • Pro Skater Christian Hosoi talks with Rosie Perez about his faith and how he overcame addiction

    Pro Skater Christian Hosoi talks with Rosie Perez about his faith and how he overcame addiction

      Christian Hosoi started skateboarding at seven years old. By 14, he had turned pro and was one of the hottest skateboarders on the scene. His signature “Christ Air” move was known worldwide...

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  • Combatting the costliest health condition in the world

    Combatting the costliest health condition in the world

    What is the costliest health condition in the world? It’s not cancer or heart disease, but mental illness, a problem impacting one in five American adults.   We’re starting 2018 by taking a...

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