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Omega-3 fatty acids linked to decreased bipolar disorder symptoms

February 18, 2016   0 Comments

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are commonly found in fish oil, fish and flaxseed, and these fatty acids have been clinically proven to lower cholesterol — specifically LDL cholesterol, which is more commonly known as the “bad” cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids are known as essential acids because the body does not make them naturally and, therefore,
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The importance of adolescent-focused therapy for teen self-harm

February 15, 2016   0 Comments

Self harm — also known as non-suicidal self-injury — is surprisingly common. Researchers estimate that the lifetime prevalence of self-harm is anywhere between 13 to 23 percent. This means that out of the 318.8 million people in the United States, between 41.4 and 73.3 million people have struggled with self-harm at some point in their
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Smartphone addiction among teens linked to controlling parents

February 11, 2016   0 Comments

Adolescent smartphone addiction is a growing problem worldwide. Many teens in Asian countries have smartphones and Internet addiction is common. Smartphones offer the ability to call, send text messages, and use the Internet while on the go, and have changed the way people communicate worldwide. Smartphones have advantages and disadvantages, some of which are unique
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Nature or nurture: The role of epigenetics in mental health

February 1, 2016   0 Comments

One of the oldest debates in psychology is on whether “nature or nurture” determines why people are the way they are. Are people born the way they are or do they become that way because of how they are raised? Apparently, it appears that both nature and nurture are equally responsible. Genetics and epigenetics: Nature
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What to do when medications are too expensive

January 28, 2016   0 Comments

Over 8 million teenagers were taking psychiatric drugs as of 2013, about half of whom are being treated with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Others seemingly require antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety agents. Still others suffer from various physical or mental illnesses that require expensive medication. Why medications are so expensive Prescription drugs accounted for
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Tourette syndrome: A disorder tough on adolescents

January 26, 2016   0 Comments

“It makes it difficult to make friends, especially in the teenage years because people are just so judgmental on what you look like and what you do.” – Quote from a teen interviewed by the Tourette Association of America For most adolescents, surviving school doesn’t only mean going to class. School isn’t just where kids
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How to improve post-holidays attitude

December 29, 2015   0 Comments

Christmas anticipation begins even before Thanksgiving, when stores begin putting up trees and decorations to get people into a shopping mood. Once Thanksgiving is over, the ramp-up to Christmas begins in earnest. The season is filled with plans for family get-togethers, parties, shopping and the anticipation of Christmas Day. Once all of the celebration is
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7 ways to channel potential violence into productivity

December 9, 2015   0 Comments


Anger is a normal, human emotion. Someone stole your bike, your parents enforce an unreasonable curfew and a computer crash wipes out three hours of homework. When these things happen, it’s acceptable to feel angry, but unacceptable to lash out at others or make a scene. Anger becomes violence when a person acts instinctively and
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‘A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity’ encourages new wave of rising altruism

November 4, 2015   0 Comments

Rachel Beckwith was shocked to learn that people worldwide lacked access to clean drinking water. When she turned 9, instead of birthday presents, Beckwith asked people to donate to an organization called charity:water that drills wells in impoverished villages around the world. Beckwith aimed to raise $300 but fell short. Less than six weeks later,
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Give a little love: The need for compassion

October 12, 2015   0 Comments

Theodore Roosevelt once wisely stated that, “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” This quote rings true in today’s society as bullying is a prime example of cruelty. Compassion is an important quality and solution in helping students deal with cruelty and bullying. Compassion in schools The National Center for Education
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We would like to thank all the wonderful staff at WRA for the great parent weekend. We enjoyed it and felt that we learned valuable insights on Positive Peer Culture and the values we must have and the importance of family commitment to each other...

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