Recognizing National Minority Health Month

BY: ALEX PERSONS, SPA INTERN

July is National Minority Mental Health Month. A necessary component of this is recognizing the greater stress that is placed on minorities across all domains: race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, disability, and more. In psychology we talk about something called the minority stress theory. The minority stress theory states that people from marginalized communities experience excess stress unique to their identity, often a minority, and its accompanying model is derived from sociological and social ...

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Helping Children Conquer Chronic Pain

Chronic pain in children is more prevalent that we think. In the article below by Perri Klass, MD and published in the New York Times explores this issue and how therapy can help.

Acute pain that calls out to warn you — “Hey, don’t walk on this broken leg!” — may be unpleasant, but it’s also protective. That acute pain is letting you know that a part of your body needs to heal, or in some other way needs extra attention, ...

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Helping anxious students excel on science exams

A new study reveals that helping lower-income high school freshman to regulate their test-taking anxiety can cut their biology course failure rates in half. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock and her research team found that brief pre-exam de-stressing strategies could reduce the performance gap often seen between lower-income and higher income students.

“It’s not just about what you know in a particular moment, but your perceptions of the ...

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Islamophobia

By Rebecca A. Clay/Posted on American Psychological Association

When President Donald Trump first tried to stop citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, he cited the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as his rationale. Yet none of the men behind those attacks hailed from these countries. In fact, a Cato Institute analysis shows that between 1975 and 2015 no one from these countries killed a single American in a U.S. terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, equating Muslims with terrorists ...

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More screen time for toddlers is tied to poorer development a few years later, study says

What effect does screen time have on toddlers? CNN recently reported on a new study in the JAMA Pediatrics Journal, please read below to learn more about screen time with toddlers.

(CNN) — Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, found a direct association between screen time at ages 2 and 3 ...

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Self Love Habits

As the “month of love” is drawing to a close we want to share an article published on Huffington Post that discusses great self-love habits. Read below for some tips on how to take good care of yourself even when this month ends.

Our toughest critic is often the one staring back at us in the mirror. We’re quick to shame ourselves for a mistake that we ...

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Tobacco Frequency of Use

The CDC recently published an article about tobacco use among middle school and high school students and the risks.

Tobacco product use during adolescence increases the risk for lifelong nicotine addiction and immediate adverse health effects (1,2). During 2011–2017, current use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and pipe tobacco decreased significantly among middle and high school students, but current use of ...

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Mental Health New Years Resolutions

With Hannukkah and Christmas a recent memory we begin to look to 2019 and with a new year comes resolutions. Have you thought to make some resolutions for your mental health? Here are a few suggestions from Psychology Today to get your resolution list started:

Exercising

Much research indicates that exercise is fundamental to good mental health. It releases natural endorphins which can significantly improve mood. In ...

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Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

With Christmas just around the corner people often feel overwhelmed or depressed with long to-do lists, high expectations and financial stress. Health.com recently posted a list of tips to beat the holiday blues. Check it out below:

  • Plan ahead 

Spend some time figuring out how to take care of yourself during this time, says John Sharp, MD, a psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, ...

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Effective To-do Lists

The holidays are in full swing – which means that everyone’s to-do lists are overflowing with items to get done in short order. What is the most effective way to get everything done at work so that you can accomplish your after work list too? Experts now say that planing for possible interruptions may help ...

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