Food, Serotonin, and Depression: Improve Your Diet and Boost Your Mood

Food, Serotonin, and Depression

You’re feeling down, out-of-sorts, and unmotivated. Before you know it, you find yourself binging on chocolates, pastries, and soft drinks. Somehow, stuffing yourself with sweets and starchy carbohydrates chases that dark cloud that’s been hanging over your head away… at least for a time. Why? The Connection Between Food and Serotonin Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—the…

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Cutting to Cope: Understanding the Mechanism Behind Self-Injury

Cutting to Cope

Absentmindedly and unintentionally, you step into the bathroom to put up some freshly folded towels just as your daughter exits the shower. Her eyes widen. She quickly wraps the towel around herself. But you’ve already seen what she’s trying to conceal. – Scars and partially healed wounds. You freeze and stare at her, unsure about…

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10 Simple and Effective Ways to Motivate the Unmotivated

Motivate the Unmotivated

It’s staring at you. Looming over you like Mount Everest. That monumental task you know needs to get done, but that you’re completely unmotivated to tackle. You skirt around it. You try to ignore it. But it’s still there. Steadily bearing down on you, mocking you. You know the only way to get rid of…

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Exposure Therapy: Why Directly Confronting Their Fears Helps OCD Sufferers the Most

Helps OCD

The most natural reaction to something we fear—be that people, objects, or situations—is usually to avoid it. Unfortunately, though, that innate action is often the least helpful response. Think, for example, of someone that suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The urge to eliminate or avoid something that they fear—contamination, harming others, losing control, etc.—is exactly…

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Parenting Challenges: 8 Tips to Avoid Spoiling Your Child

Avoid Spoiling Your Child

Imagine the scene: A splendid throne atop an elevated platform. Two servants rushing back and forth, catering to the every wish of the crowned head seated upon the lofty chair. Exhausted from a day’s worth of conforming to the demands of the ruler, they finally bow with heads low. Nothing wrong with that scenario, right?…

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Teen OCD and PANDAS: Is There a Connection Between the Two?

Teen OCD and PANDAS

PANDAS—Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with cute black and white animals. To the contrary, it’s actually a scary condition that some have estimated affects 1 in 200 children. But what does it have to do with teen OCD? Understanding PANDAS PANDAS usually begins with a seemingly…

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