mental health

Importance of a Checkup from the Neck Up

Author: Samantha Rogers is a marketing and communications specialist under contract with the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

It’s completely normal in our society to go to the doctor for an annual checkup or a sick visit, or to the dentist for a cleaning or a filling, But what do you do about your mental health? Some see a counselor regularly, but others do very little to maintain their mental health.

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How to Recognize Post-traumatic Stress in Your Spouse or Partner

Authors: Ingrid Herrera-Yee, LMHC, PhD, is a military researcher, clinical psychologist, educator, advocate, writer, speaker, and military spouse. David Bradshaw, PhD, is a research psychologist with the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

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3 Tips for Better Mental Health

Author: Samantha Rogers is a marketing and communications specialist under contract with the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

May is Mental Health Month, and what better way to celebrate than to take some extra time to take care of yourself? Here are three tips to stay mentally healthy.

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Physical and Mental Health Are More Related Than You Think

Author: Calum Waddington is a marketing and communications specialist under contract with the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2).

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Depression and Sleep: Get adequate (6 to 8 hours) Sleep Each Night

Depression and adequate sleep

Get Adequate (6 to 8 hours) Sleep Each Night

Your mood is definitely related to the amount and quality of sleep you get each night. People who are chronically sleep-deprived feel moody, depressed, and generally out of sorts.

Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep. Try to follow as many of them as possible, adjusting for your individual circumstances.

Depression: Limit my alcohol consumption

Depression limit alcohol use

Limit my Alcohol Consumption

Problems with alcohol abuse or dependence increase your risk of developing depression. Cutting back on the amount of alcohol you consume each day can help you to feel better and more like your old self. Alcohol is also a depressant.

How much alcohol I consume in a day

Amount of beer: ______ bottles or cans
Amount of wine ______ glasses or bottles

Depression: Participate in an activity or event you used to enjoy

Depression help: do an activity you enjoy

Participate in an Activity or Event You Used to Enjoy

When you are feeling depressed, it is hard to imagine enjoying any of the activities that used to give you pleasure, such as going for a walk, having coffee with a friend, taking in a movie or going to a ballgame.

But research shows that if you can include at least ONE activity that you used to enjoy in your day-to-day routine, your mood is likely to improve, at least for part of the day.

Depression: Spend time with other people

Depression tips: spend time with friends

Spend time with other people, laugh with a friend and/or confide in a trusted friend or relative.

When you are depressed, spending time with other people may not seem very appealing. You may feel more like isolating yourself and spending as much time as you can alone. But spending time with other people, and confiding about how you feel with someone you trust, can help you feel more like yourself again.

Depression: Start and stick with a regular exercise program

Depression: start a regular exercise program

Start and Stick with a Regular Exercise Program

Exercising the equivalent of brisk walking for about 35 minutes, 4 to 6 days a week, can reduce depression symptoms and help you feel better and more like your old self.

Swimming, bike riding, and other regular activities that utilize the large muscle groups in continuous motion for 35 minutes are also good.

Treatment of PTSD

PTSD treatment

Treatment of PTSD (NC-PTSD)

A Handout From the National Center for PTSD by Jessica Hamblen, PHD

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