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Colts vs. Patriots: The Science Behind Sports Rivalries

01/14/2015 | Mental Wellness

For most fans of the Indianapolis Colts, the mere sight of a New England Patriots jersey makes their "blue blood" boil red hot. And when these longtime rival NFL teams come face-to-face on the football field – as they will this weekend for a high-stakes, all-or-nothing, AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA – fan tensions will be as high as a Pat McAfee punt. But where do such "us versus them" attitudes come from? And why are some rivalries so strong and long-lasting? …

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Coping with holiday stress

12/25/2014 | WellnessMental Wellness

What are some ways to prevent being over-stressed during the holidays? If you are aware that sometimes the holiday season gets the best of you, try preventing stress and depression early on with these tips. Plan ahead. Schedule specific days for shopping, cooking, visiting and even relaxing. Plan menus and shopping lists. Stick to a budget. Whether it is for a holiday meal or presents, budget out your holiday season. You will feel a lot less stressed knowing what your bills will look like in January.…

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Six Tips to Deal with Stress This Thanksgiving

11/20/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Thanksgiving is a time when you are truly pressured to perform. As a host or hostess, you challenge yourself to have the perfect Thanksgiving, forgetting the difficulty of family holiday cooperation. However, stress is nothing short of normal; sometimes this holiday can seem to be more of a kin collision course than a time of familial thankfulness. Nonetheless, those who are prepared achieve Thanksgiving triumph. We have a few tips that you can use to be a little more thankful and a lot less stressed…

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How to Tend to Your Loved One’s Mental Health

11/14/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Mental health disorders affect millions of U.S. adults each year. Some disorders are mild. Others are more disabling and require intensive management and care. If your loved one has a mental health disorder, it can require just as much of your attention and energy as a physical health problem. Here’s how you can make a difference in your loved one’s treatment and recovery: Get the facts. Learning about your loved one’s specific mental health problem, including the symptoms and treatment…

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Five Things to Avoid if You Have Anxiety

11/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Whether you live with an anxiety disorder or only experience anxiety sporadically, you know how greatly this state of mind can affect your life. For many, anxiety can be reduced quickly if the correct actions are taken. However, most people who live with anxiety engage in activities that only increase the negative feeling, without even realizing what they’re doing. Though anxiety can seem difficult to overcome and may even be something you’re uncomfortable addressing, the best way to…

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When to Call the Doctor: Depression and Anxiety

11/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Occasional sadness and feelings of stress are part of life. It is normal to feel sad or overwhelmed, especially during life changes or times of high stress; however, if you or a loved one has persistent depression and/or anxiety, it may be time to seek professional help. Depression and anxiety are closely related. An estimated 35 to 85 percent of patients with one condition will show symptoms of the other as well. Experts say treating both disorders as one illness leads to better outcomes for patients.…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

10/16/2014 | Mental Wellness

There are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and at least 20 percent of these veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans are not the only sufferers of PTSD, anyone who has been through a traumatic event may suffer from the condition. What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? A mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatizing event with symptoms including severe anxiety, nightmare and flashbacks is categorized as…

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5 Simple Things To Do At Work To Ease Anxiety

09/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Many people experience anxiety at work. From putting in extra hours to meet a deadline, to dealing with a new supervisor, to simply commuting to and from work each day, workplace stress is an incredibly common cause of anxiety in today’s busy world. Stress can have serious health consequences over time–heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and a weakened immune system are proven health effects of long-term stress. Fortunately, if you are experiencing stress at work, there are…

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Six Pet Problems and How to Solve Them

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Pets can add an extra ounce of love to any home. Whether you are a dog, cat, lizard or gerbil lover, your pets are often seen as another member of the family. A dog, for example, can be a good friend for your children and can give you a reason to exercise and be active when you take your dog for a walk. Pets can also fill a special role in the lives of seniors by providing them with stress relief, nurture and unconditional love. While pets can be a very loving addition to any home, they also…

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Four Warning Signs Your Loved One Is Suffering From Depression

09/05/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Depression is a complicated disorder, and it affects everyone differently. While some people may communicate openly about feeling depressed, the symptoms of depression can often be quite subtle. The following four warning signs are easy to overlook, but they may indicate that your loved one is suffering from depression: Changes in energy level. People who are depressed often experience fatigue or decreased energy. If your loved one seems sluggish or tired, or if he or she is complaining about feeling…

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