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World Mental Health Day 2017

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace… Recent research found that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year. Perhaps that’s why the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is “mental health in the workplace.” After all, we spend a lot of our time at work, and realizing […]

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Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

If you’re a parent of a child who’s recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be devastated and overwhelmed. If you’re an adult who’s recently been diagnosed, you may be going through “various stages of grief” after learning that your “lifelong difficulties can now be explained by a medical condition,” said […]

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Brain and Mental Health Benefits of Dreaming

I’ve always been fascinated by dreaming and the science of dreams. My dreams are so vivid and realistic it really feels like I enter another world when I sleep. The other night I had a dream that I was sitting on a boat in the middle of a lake, watching the sunrise. In that moment, […]

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Long-term behavior change is one of the hardest challenges we’ll ever face

Changing our behavior is a self-engineering challenge with few equals. I’m talking about long-term, sustained change, not short-run bursts that sputter out before real change happens. Whether the change involves diet, exercise, habits, dependencies or anything else, changing behavior is one of the hardest things any of us will ever try to do. This is […]

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Brain Imaging Study Shows Yoga May Protect Against Cognitive Decline

A new imaging study has found that elderly female yoga practitioners have greater cortical thickness in the left prefrontal cortex, in areas associated with cognitive functions like attention and memory. The results suggest that yoga could be a way to protect against cognitive decline in old age.

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