How personality influences cognitive loss in older adults

How personality influences cognitive loss in older adults

It’s believed that memory declines with age. Termed as mild cognitive impairment, it does not affect the day-to-day routine of an individual. However, there may be other conditions wherein the onset of cognitive decline with age affects the ability to carry out daily chores. These cognitive changes lead to impaired thinking and memory, and can be broadly classified as “dementia.”

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Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Understanding mental health problems refugees face

Imagine having to abandon everything you’ve ever known because if you don’t you may die. This is what many people face when they flee their countries. As the Syrian refugee situation continues in Europe and appears to be heading to the United States soon, now is as good a time as any to understand the impact that being a refugee can have on one’s mental health. Read more

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

Love Matters: Marriage and mental illness in sickness and in health

When two people marry, they sign up for late night arguments, unexpected illnesses and difficult decisions. They also sign up for comforting embraces, inside jokes and unconditional, nurturing love despite all of these challenges.

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Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Love Matters: How to love someone with depression

Living with depression isn’t easy, so it should come as no surprise that loving someone with depression presents its own unique challenges. Here are five ways to love someone who has depression.

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Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

Love Matters: Dating with mental illness

When people experience frightening mental symptoms, dark thoughts and low motivation, it can be tempting to stay inside all day, shirking responsibilities and postponing friendships. Years of research, however, suggests that social support is an essential part of recovery from mental illness.

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Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Blended Families: Stepsibling rivalry

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Many people have heard of the term sibling rivalry. But what about stepsibling rivalry?

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Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Numerous challenges are associated with being a new stepparent. Some stepparents have an additional challenge: A member of their new family is mentally ill. This family member could be a stepchild or the new partner’s sibling.

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Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Parenting isn’t always easy, but living as a stepparent can provide its own unique set of challenges. Stepparents often feel like outsiders, unsure of how they fit in within the more traditional family unit.

Here are some helpful tips for dealing with insecurity as a stepparent.

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Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Sept. 16, 2015 marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Divorce is difficult. Entering a new family as a step-parent is difficult. Children and adolescents can have an especially hard time adjusting to the presence of a new family member — or the absence of an old family member — and may be at risk for an adjustment disorder.

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Mental health and homelessness

Mental health and homelessness

Many have encountered someone who is homeless at some point or perhaps know a friend or family member who is homeless. Though people may often make efforts to assist their loved ones or others who are in such a situation, certain stigmas about homelessness still persist, often placing blame on the homeless individual for their current state. This should not be the case though as many of these individuals are dealing with homelessness due to mental illness. Read more