Mental & Emotional Health

Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and affects how we think, feel, act, and handle stress. Episodes of stress, anxiety, and depression are inevitable parts of life, but if they become chronic and interfere with daily living, specific measures should be taken, that can include seeing a therapist, physician, making lifestyle changes, or possibly taking medicine. Mental illnesses are serious disorders that can affect mood, behavior, and thinking—and are quite common. 1 in 4 adults Americans will experience mental illness in a given year. The good news? Effective treatments are available. Learn more about the most common types of mental disorders:

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Mental & Emotional Health

Laugh it Up! The Best De-Stressing Technique

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Whether you're guiltily guffawing at an episode of "South Park" or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that's no joke. Here, from the experts at the Mayo Clinic, is proof that laughter really can be the best medicine. Stress relief from laughter A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but data are mounting about the positive things laughter can do. Short-term benefits

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Mental & Emotional Health

Emotional Recovery After Public Trauma

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

  By Judy Kirkwood Horrific events like the shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin affect not only those directly or peripherally involved, but also many people who only hear about them on the news. “Such events leave most of us feeling vulnerable, helpless, sad and anxious,” says Linda Ligenza, a consultant to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. These killings, unlike those in war, happened in ordinary and familiar settings. This could have been me, we think.

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Mental & Emotional Health

A Lesson from Mary Kennedy's Death

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

  By Judy Kirkwood   Mary Richardson Kennedy’s death could not have been unanticipated. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 90 percent of people who die from suicide have the risk factors of depression and other mental disorders, including substance abuse disorders. Any knowledgeable health provider versed in dual diagnosis could have told the Kennedy and Richardson families that it was not a good idea for Mary to be living alone and to have total responsibility for her finances and health.

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Mental & Emotional Health

What We've Learned On ThirdAge Forums

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

  Join the discussions of thirdage.com articles and other topics on our Forum. Click on the orange FORUMS link on the subjects banner at the top of our home page or click the “Join the Conversation!” link at the bottom of most articles. Take a look at the funny, wise and wonderful conversations you’ve been missing:

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Mental & Emotional Health

When You Love An Addict

Posted by Judy Kirkwood

  How many times have I heard variations of this in the last two  weeks? “I can’t understand why Whitney Houston would overdose/abuse drugs/get so drunk, when she had been through treatment and achieved sobriety, a child who needed her, a great career, people who loved her, and such a strong faith.” In fact, I was sitting next to a Miami news anchor at dinner the other night who said the same thing.