Archives for February, 2013

Help for Anxiety in Teens

Solome Tibebu, creator of the web site Anxiety In Teens, gives a TEDx Talk about her experiences with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and panic attacks. As a youth (not that she's old now, in her early twenties) she felt alone and had difficulty reaching out for help, but once she accessed professional care was able to work on managing the disorder and living a healthier life.

She created Anxiety for Teens because when she was a...
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To This Day: Recovering from Bullying

Heartwrenching and visually exquisite, "To This Day" is an animated journey into the effects of bullying.

Mental health problems, long lasting impacts on self-esteem, and other consequences result from bullying in youth. But as well as exploring those themes in touching ways, this video inspires people to recover and look to their own beauty. A great way to begin an anti-bullying conversation from the perspective of recovery instead of empty "end bullying" sloganeering, this video immediately went viral, with...
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Why LOLCats Enjoy Petting

In the cutest, funniest, educational science video you're likely to find, LOLCats are used to illustrate a report on a neuroscience study about why hairy mammals enjoy being stroked.

This brief and adorable production from Nature Video mixes LOLCat images with narration about a experiment with mice that found specific neurons are activated when they are stroked versus other physical sensations, and that when the mice were given a choice they preferred the stroking effect. Although the study didn't examine...
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Healing PTSD with Pets for Vets

"Healing Power of Pets: Veteran with PTSD finds new life with dog" is a video profiling a United States Marine Corps veteran who served in the Iraq war and like many returning veterans, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Blade, a brave, strong man, developed debilitating symptoms of PTSD including suicidal thoughts, and nearly ended his own life.

Fortunately, he connected with Pets for Vets instead. They're a 501(c) non-profit organization who rescue dogs from shelters, rehabilitate and...
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