Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month! It almost seems ridiculous that we regulate our mental health to one month out of the year when 1 out of 5 Americans suffer from a mental illness. As most of us have seen these past few years, more attention is being placed on issues such as suicide and mental illness. Unfortunately, the attention comes when it is too late and the scourges of depression and psychosis have taken their toll. It is time to discuss this in every corner of this country.

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You Are Not A Cow So Stop Worrying

The other day we introduced you to how damaging rumination can be. Rumination comes from ruminants. Ruminants are mammals that extract nutrients from plants through fermentation. This is done by chewing, regurgitating and chewing on plants all day long. Yes, rumination is chewing on cud (vomit). It is quite apropos actually. The obsessive nature of thinking the same thoughts and allowing irrational results become the basis for more worrying. Thus, thought begets crazy result which then begets more thoughts about results that you created in the first place. Ultimately, the term is more than appropriate.

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Mental Health And Cows

Rumination is the root of many mental health issues. When we allow our minds to dwell, fret, stress out and excessively worry about something that may never happen or something you can never control, you are creating your own anxiety. Today, we are going to give you some healthier behaviors to rid yourself of the ruminations or at the very least, limit those pesky thoughts.

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Anxiety, Depression, And Cows

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), over 18% of adults are diagnosed with anxiety. That means that at any given time in the U.S. alone, 40 million individuals are walking around in near panic, worried, tense, phobic and obsessed. These people are 6 times more likely to seek medical attention and even be hospitalized for medical and psychiatric reasons. Anxiety is the most common diagnosis, second only to major depression. And, since anxiety often leads to depression, one feeds the other. This week we will be discussing what you can do to prevent and treat anxiety. Today we tackle the root of all anxiety and depressions.

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Mental Health In The New Year

CoupleDumb is quickly approaching its 4 Year Anniversary. In honor of the New Year, we are dedicating our site to Mental Health in the year 2013. Specifically, we will be spending some time on a weekly basis to address different areas of Mental Health, especially issues concerning the mental health needs for our veterans. Our goal is to create an understanding and awareness of mental health, like that of a yearly physical or a trip to the dentist. Being mentally healthy is as important as taking your vitamins or 10,000 steps a day.

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What Is Normal?

As both scientists and writers nothing drives us to distraction more than someone usurping the use of a technical word and giving it a meaning that it should not have. If you are going to use a word then use it right. Since we are writing about mental health this week, we thought this would be a great time to clear up some vocabulary issues. You see, people generally do not use words from quantum physics but they bastardize psychology lingo all of the time.

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Depression, Bipolar, and GAD

This week we are focusing on Mental Health and societal understanding of Mental Illness. We use the terminology of psychopathology in our common vernacular but do we really understand what we are talking about? We say things like, ‘I’m so depressed,’ or ‘she’s acting bi-polar’ with little to no understanding of what those terms mean. It’s like calling a cramp to appendicitis. Today we will educate and clear up some misconceptions about 2 of the big psychological diagnoses.

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Mental Health

Mental Health is a complicated issue. On the one hand we have the individuals with difficulty assimilating into daily life and then we have society completely misunderstanding mental health and how it affects everyone. First of all, Mental Health refers to everyone and how we react, adjust, accommodate and deal with reality and daily stressors. Some of us demonstrate a good state of mental health while others are overwhelmed by the mildest of stresses. Some of us are predisposed to certain mental illnesses which devastate our mental health while others overcome these disabilities and learn to address life’s daily obstacles in a healthy manner.

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