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Mental Health

Studies find that job loss can negatively impact physical, not just mental, health

By Antonia:(NaturalNews) Most people who have personally experienced a job loss, or know someone who has, understands the emotional toll the unfortunate event can have. However, not many individuals consider the fact that detrimental changes in physical health and job loss also go hand in hand.

Several studies have made this clear, demonstrating that when a person is thrust back into life at home, behaviors may ensue that jeopardize overall health. These findings are in direct contrast to the prevailing thought that just the opposite is true.

This is your brain on stress - and it isn't pretty

By Wright: (NaturalNews) The next time you feel yourself becoming tense, pause and consider that stress is one of the leading causes of poor health, both mental and physical. Research has shown that when we experience undue pressure and strain in our lives, it actually clouds thinking to such a degree that we become much less efficient and are more likely to make harmful choices. We can easily find ourselves in a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

Improve your sleep with these 5 easy tips

By PF Loui(NaturalNews) Sleep consumes around one-third of our lives. At least it should if you wish to be healthy with a strong immune system. But sleep is not just time in bed. The quality of sleep is very important.

Studies at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, Florida, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, used brain wave analysis to determine the five stages of sleep and their relative importance.

Smartphones will begin categorizing users' mental health; gun seizures will follow

By Heyes: (NaturalNews) The Digital Age has produced some remarkable technology and will continue to do so, but as each new innovation springs forth, more of us are finding that we are not as comfortable with it as we once thought we might be.

One of the latest examples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capable of gauging one's mental health -- though how accurately it can do so remains questionable, as does what authorities might do with such information. As reported by The Wall Street Journal:

VA labels veterans 'incompetent' to handle finances, stripping them of the right to purchase and own guns

By Heyes:(NaturalNews) Tens of millions of Americans were outraged earlier this year when news broke that Veterans Administration hospitals were deleting veterans' records and failing to schedule them for needed medical appointments in order to appear as though they were fixing a horrible backlog of patients who had yet to be seen.

Facebook contributes to eating disorders


Is it possible that the world's No. 1 social media site could be contributing to another unhealthy condition? Yes, say researchers, who note that young women, especially, who spend a great deal of time on Facebook are more likely to be concerned about body image and, as such, are at risk for eating disorders.

Quitting smoking can improve your mental health, say researchers


By now you'd have to either be living in a cave -- or another planet -- to be unaware of the dangers and negative health issues associated with smoking tobacco. Most people know that smoking causes cancer lung disease, and heart problems, just to name a few of the more common illnesses.

Mental health disorders may improve by treating the immune system: Research


Any time you are sick, even with a small illness such as a cold, it can make you feel horrible. Your energy is sapped, you don't have the strength or enthusiasm to get out and participate in your usual activities.