What Determines Gender Identity and How Can Parents Help?
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by Amy Wagner
1y ago
What makes someone feel they have been born into the wrong body? Gender identity is a prominent topic these days thanks to the transgender movement, yet many people are still uncertain about what causes this issue. What is it, exactly, that determines whether an individual thinks of themselves as “male” or “female” or something else or neither of these two options? It seems that a possible answer to this question lies in the structure of our brains. A considerable number of gender differences in the brain have been described and many are housed in the parts of the brain concerned with sexualit ..read more
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Can Muslims Benefit from Mental Health Therapy?
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by Amy Wagner
1y ago
People from all cultures, backgrounds, and religious beliefs can suffer under the weight of mental health issues. Traditionally, therapists kept religion out of their office, focusing instead on their client’s mental well-being. But, since spirituality can play such a significant role in a person’s overall health, more and more mental health professionals are now beginning to incorporate the person’s religious and spiritual beliefs into their treatment plan. For many Christians, Muslims and Jews, God is the central part of understanding themselves and their core values. God is the highest prio ..read more
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Mental Health Therapy for Frontline Workers
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by Amy Wagner
1y ago
None of us were prepared for the global pandemic we find ourselves in. Not parents, teachers, and certainly not the healthcare workers around the country. Doctors and nurses suddenly found themselves working double shifts to care for sick people. As the rest of the world went into lockdown and people stayed home, safe and sound, these frontline workers showed up day after day, putting their health and life on the line. Many, in an effort to keep their families safe, found other living arrangements. The idea of possibly exposing their family to something they may have been exposed to at work wa ..read more
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The Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 on Families
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by Amy Wagner
1y ago
If you asked any of us a year ago what would life be like in 2020, it’s doubtful anyone would have guessed we’d be going through a global pandemic, replete with lockdowns and self-quarantining. At the beginning of the year, some families might have thought of being forced to stay home from work and school would be a fun little vacation. But as the weeks and months have passed, we’ve all learned this has been anything but fun. But how is COVID affecting families? Well, it affects parents and kids and spouses a little differently. How it Affects Kids Kids haven’t enjoyed the time off nearly as m ..read more
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Understanding Mental Health in the LatinX Community
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by Amy Wagner
1y ago
Living your best life means not only being healthy physically but also emotionally and mentally as well. For many, seeking the guidance of a mental health professional is a way of ensuring their overall well-being. But for some communities, there is a stigma associated with getting help for depression and other mental health issues. One such community that holds conflicting beliefs about mental health is the LatinX community.   The Stigma of Mental Health Like other communities, the LatinX community faces some common mental health conditions, primarily anxiety disorder, depression, PTSD ..read more
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