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Video games can help when you feel anxious

When you’re in the grips of serious anxiety, you may want to address your anxiety in a holistic way that will help you move forward and heal. More immediately, you probably just want it to stop. The physiological effects of anxiety can make it difficult to work on long-term solutions; getting past them can be […]

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Afghanistan veteran challenges the conversation around PTSD in the media

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been in the news in the few days since Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, spoke out about her son Track’s experiences coming home from serving in Iraq. She indicated to the media that his recent arrest on charges of domestic violence was a ramification of PTSD, igniting a national […]

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Support Your Mindfulness Practice With These One-Minute Exercises

If you find yourself already feeling the whole weight of the rest of the week on your shoulders when we’re only halfway through Monday, it might be a good time to take a quick pause to check in with yourself. A little mindfulness can go a long way to restoring perspective to the week ahead. […]

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Separating Professional Burnout from Depression

For #LISMentalHealth week, library science academic Maria Accardi relates a personal story that comes with a good reminder for anyone who has dealt with depression: no matter how many times you deal with it, you might not recognize it the next time it comes around. Accardi has gone through recurrent episodes of major depression, which […]

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Andrew Solomon Discusses the Secrets of Depression

If you’ve never watched Andrew Solomon’s TED talk, Depression, the secret we share, you’re in for something of a unique treat. Solomon is the award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, and his talk breaks down the realities of depression, the transformative power of therapy, and his experiences with medication. For almost […]

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Introspective Comics demystifies the idea of psychiatric hospitals

Psychiatric hospitals don’t see a lot of positive representation in the media. There’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with its indictments of authoritarianism or Girl, Interrupted with its indictment of conformity. There are dozens of horror movies and games that plumb our worse fears about institutionalization. It can be hard to escape the idea […]

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PBS sets out to better understand the autism spectrum

PBS Newshour is running a short series on Understanding Autism this week, and if you have 10 minutes to spare, it’s well worth a look. Tuesday’s segment features Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. The rate of diagnosed cases of autism has more than doubled since 2000 […]

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Can games foster empathy and understanding around mental health issues?

Can a game teach us what it’s like to experience depression if we don’t or to deal with crushing poverty if we haven’t? Depending on the gaming circles you travel in, this may seem like an answered question: of course. Empathy games are niche, but they aren’t new. Games have been trying to share people’s […]

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App Highlight: Be Game Ready gives young athletes a mental health boost

Source: Be Game Ready app. Physical activity can be a huge help when you’re dealing with mental health issues, but participating in sports isn’t a free pass. Athletes often need to deal with stress, anxiety and other issues, and just like everywhere else, the stigma surrounding those issues can be extreme. A collaboration between The […]

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#ImNotAshamed tackles the stigma of mental illness

A small but growing awareness campaign is taking place on Twitter this week, as people dealing with mental health issues stand up and say #ImNotAshamed. They are disclosing the issues they cope with, the treatments that help them, and most of all, the fact that those things are no reason to feel shame. Shame so […]

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