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  • How Much News Is Too Much?

    How Much News Is Too Much?

    The last two decades have seen explosive growth of broadcast and digital media platforms, making the news infinitely more accessible. According to TIME, one in 10 adults checks the news every hour, and 20% of Americans report “constantly” monitoring their social media accounts, which can also serve as sources of news information. Is it possible that constant exposure to information about wars, riots, shootings, natural disasters, catastrophes, and other devastating world events can take a toll on us mentally? Is the daily barrage of negative news healthy for our overall well-being? And, if not, exactly how much news is too much?

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  • Is Rioting Rooted in Trauma?

    Is Rioting Rooted in Trauma?

    What turns a protest into a riot? Studies on the psychology of crowd behavior have revealed a number of important factors that cause demonstrations to become violent. According to a report published by the American Psychological Association (APA), violent acts can at times be related to psychological disorders, but many people with mental health issues don’t become violent. Are riots and mental health actually connected? Is there a realistic link between riots and trauma?

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  • Colorado by the Numbers

    Colorado by the Numbers

    When you think of Colorado, it’s understandable if images of the Rocky Mountains, ski resorts, and national parks come to mind. The 38th state in the Union, also known as the Centennial State, is noted for a wide range of landscapes that include not just mountains but forests, canyons, mesas, and deserts. While cities like Aspen and Vail are popular winter playgrounds for the rich and famous, outdoor activities abound all across the state in both summer and winter. Then there’s Denver, aka “the mile-high city,” which is the state capital and Colorado’s most populous city.

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  • Stress Levels on the Rise

    Stress Levels on the Rise

    When dealing with stress, anxiety, and mental health, it’s easy to feel like it’s all in your head and in your head alone. But if you’re working to navigate high stress levels, you have a lot more company, and a lot more support, than you may realize. We are seeing stress levels rising everywhere. It’s time to learn more about what causes stress, who it impacts, and what you can do to help change it.

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  • Bad therapy

    Bad therapy

    Therapy is helpful … except when it isn’t. While getting therapy can be a critical part of addressing mental health issues, behavioral health problems, and a variety of life challenges, bad experiences with therapists can turn many people away from what is normally a lifeline for healing. It adds insult to injury when you are already dealing with personal challenges, and you may not be willing to open up again or persist in finding a better option. However, learning how to find a new therapist — a good therapist — is a worthwhile venture, and it can be important for your emotional health and personal growth.

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  • Rising Alcohol-Related Deaths Prompt New Efforts

    Rising Alcohol-Related Deaths Prompt New Efforts

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused a 25% spike in alcohol-related deaths, which had already been increasing by 2% each year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). While the stress of the pandemic was a clear contributor, The New York Times reports that some states made it easier for consumers to access alcohol during lockdown seasons, increasing the likelihood of heavy drinking. As alcohol abuse problems haunt communities across the US, lawmakers explore ways to combat the alcohol crisis brought on by the pandemic.

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