The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation deals heavily in researching all forms of mental illness from anxiety and depression to autism and ADHD primarily in children. Their research falls under four categories of inquiry: Basic behavioral and scientific research, development of new technologies to support mental wellness and innovative, next generation therapies. The company collects…

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June 27 is PTSD awareness day, which means it’s time to talk about it.  In honor of June 27, or PTSD awareness day, I’m writing this article to shed some light on a condition that is often misunderstood. PTSD can affect anybody. Of course, there are factors that can increase an individual’s susceptibility to the…

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Three Types of Meditation. Meditation is an ancient tradition with nine main types: mindfulness meditation spiritual meditation focused meditation movement meditation mantra meditation transcendental meditation progressive relaxation loving-kindness meditation visualization meditation Today we’ll focus on three of them: mindfulness, movement and visualization. 1. Mindfulness Meditation Originating from Buddhist teachings, this is the most popular meditation…

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Employers are affected by the stigma surrounding mental health. What are we supposed to do about it?  Recently, I’ve been applying for jobs and I noticed something peculiar. Certain job applications will ask me if I have a disability. Now, initially I would answer ‘no,’ but when I took a closer look I realized, I…

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Meditation doesn’t always come easily. It takes a great deal of practice to be mindful and accepting of our thoughts, while at the same time, giving ourselves the freedom to let them pass by without further contemplation. There are plenty of tools and resources to utilize while practicing the art of meditation. However, one simple…

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In the midst of a global pandemic, immense police brutality against Black people, anti-Asian hate, and political tensions, it is no doubt that we are currently in the midst of some stressful times within the world. Managing the stress brought on by all of these events is incredibly difficult, especially with the unrelenting nature of…

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Experiencing loss then and now For the sake of privacy, the individual interviewed for this piece has chosen to stay anonymous. All names in this piece have been changed to protect the identity of the individual and his family.   Over this past year the world has experienced a rapidly increasing death toll unseen in recent…

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No matter what is going on in life, it’s always important to remember to take care of yourself.  A common quote from Canadian politician Norm Kelly states, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.”  Coming from someone who finds joy in helping others, I have often come across moments where I feel mentally exhausted, (the…

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“You have been formed of three parts – body, breath, and mind. Of these, the first two are yours insofar as they are only in your care. The third alone is truly yours.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 12.3 Each morning, for the past few months, I have begun my day with a quote and analysis…

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