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“Serious Childhood Burns Tied to Long-Term Mental Health Risks”

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This September 4, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about an Australian study that found that people who were treated for severe burns ranging from 1 to 80 percent of their body as children were at greater risk of developing depression or becoming suicidal later on.  The study also found that the person who had been burnt typically didn’t attribute their depression or suicidal thoughts to the burns. They generally pointed  to an unrelated issue that occurred later in life.

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses t...

English: Image for mental health stubs, uses two psych images – psychiatry (medicine) and psychology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Poor Physical Health Blamed for Shorter Lives in Mentally Ill”

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This May 21, 2013 article on Medscape talks about a study in Australia indicating that poor physical health is viewed as a major factor in the shorter life-span of folks with mental illnesses.  They have been tracking the health of people in a specific region of Australia and found that since the 1990’s, despite an increase of knowledge about the issue, the gap in the lifespan of a mentally person as compare to the lifespan of a non-mentally ill person seems to be widening.

“Day 7 of Australia 2013: Hearing Voices and Mind Mapping”

Using XMind for Mind Mapping

Using XMind for Mind Mapping (Photo credit: Wesley Fryer)

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This March 17, 2013 article on the FutureHealth.org website offers a neat idea for a way to use Mind Mapping as a way to better understand the things that bounce around in our minds, or in the case of this article, giving a way to channel or maybe gain some understanding about the “voices” or “recordings” that play over and over in our minds.

here’s a link to Xmind mind mapping software I use for lots of different things, wether it be helping me sort my research info, or plan out the steps I need to take for a project, and yes, I even use it on those days when my mind is so cluttered I feel like my head will explode if I don’t get some of the thoughts out of my head and put them on hold someplace externally, Xmind offers both a free and professional version, and is among the easiest mind mapping program I’ve found so far ….. here’s a link to the xmind website if you want to take a look ….. http://www.xmind.net/

If you would prefer an online tool, here’s a basic mind mapping tool called “Coggle” located at http://coggle.it

**Note I don’t benefit in any way by promoting the link to Xmind’s website … it’s simply a FYI kind of link**

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