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New Study Sees Unprecedented Trauma from the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic could inflict long-lasting psychological trauma on an unprecedented scale, according to a study being done by researchers from Case Western Reserve University. They are looking at how the crisis is affecting Americans’ mental health and coping strategies. So far they have compiled data from more than 800 respondents and they plan to follow up six months after the initial survey. The leader of the study is Megan Holmes, an associate professor of social work and the…

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Counselor considerations for disclosing LGBTQ+ identity

The question of what is appropriate to disclose about ourselves to clients is one that all counselors face, whether it be about an upcoming vacation, an emotional reaction to a client or how our own past struggles may parallel those of a client. Beyond these more common self-disclosures, we also may choose to disclose aspects of our identity that are not inherently visible, such as our sexual orientation, gender identity or even religious beliefs. These…

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Young People Are Lonelier and More Suspicious of Others

In a YouGov survey last year, pollsters asked more than 1,200 Americans, “How many friends do you have?” 22 percent of millennials said they had zero friends. Baby boomers: 9 percent. Also in the report: “Millennials are more likely than older generations to report that they have no acquaintances (25%), no close friends (27%), and no best friends (30%).” I was dismayed at these results. I decided to run a poll on Twitter, to see how my results would compare. More…

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Is your job killing you? Stress, lack of autonomy, ability can lead to depression, death

As millions continue working from home during the pandemic or are required to report to jobs as essential employees, many have raised questions about how these work conditions impact our health — and not just as they relate to COVID-19. A new study from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business finds that our mental health and mortality have a strong correlation with the amount of autonomy we have at our job, our workload and…

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Research Finds Self-Compassion Can Relieve Depression

A new research study published in Journal of Affective Disorders shows that mindfulness-based compassion living skills can reduce depressive symptoms in people with chronic or recurrent depression. Researchers found that practicing self-compassion reduced the severity of depressive symptoms and these benefits lasted for at least six months after learning self-compassion skills. The study compared 61 participants diagnosed with recurrent depression who took part in mindfulness-based compassionate living training versus 61 participants who received treatment as usual for depression. Participants who took part in the mindfulness-based compassion…

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Encouraging T-shaped thinking in the counseling profession

I thought it was a most ridiculous assignment. The instructor of my Introduction to Counseling course in 1988 asked us to write, of all things, a book report. “Make sure the book has nothing to do with counseling,” he directed. I was incredulous. “My first class in counseling, and he’s asking us to do a fifth-grade assignment?” I wanted to learn everything I could about counseling, especially in an initial course, and a book report…

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Transcranial direct current stimulation is a safe treatment

Transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS, is a promising treatment for conditions such as depression and addictive disorders. New evidence on the safety of transcranial direct current stimulation was recently offered by a new study showing that tDCS does not affect metabolism. Transcranial direct current stimulation is a non-invasive method for modulating neuronal activity by introducing a small electric current into the brain via electrodes placed on the scalp. “In earlier studies, transcranial direct current stimulation…

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Why Cosmetic Surgery Is Booming in China

Worldwide, the number of cosmetic surgery procedures is increasing. One of the countries experiencing the most rapid rise is China. As in the rest of the world, about 90% of people who undergo cosmetic surgery in China are women. However, China is unique because the majority of procedures are performed on women who are in high school or college. This is very different from most Western countries, where women who undergo cosmetic surgery are generally…

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Bring Back the Laugh Track

Stephen Colbert had meant that as a joke when he addressed the comment to the camera in a mostly-empty studio, during the brief period when late night TV taped in their normal venues but without live audiences, before the quarantine ax fell completely. The comment, delivered as a sort of punchline after a skit about the closure of Broadway, earned chuckles from those within earshot: Late Show technicians, the house band, maybe even a few writers who’d strayed into the…

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Emergency Drug Overdose Visits Associated with Increased Risk for Later Suicide

A new data analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health finds patients who visited the emergency department for an opioid overdose are 100 times more likely to die by drug overdose in the year after being discharged and 18 times more likely to die by suicide relative to the general population. Additionally, in the year after emergency department discharge, patients who visited for a sedative/hypnotic overdose had overdose death rates 24 times higher, and…

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