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8 Ways You and Your Partner can Deal with Chronic Pain and Illness

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

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This is not a substitute for medical advice, nor is it meant as professional consultation with a mental health professional. If you have ongoing symptoms which interfere with your functioning, please seek appropriate help.

Disease is not sexy. Neither is chronic pain or illness. We shy away. We don’t want to talk about it. We hope if we ignore it, it’ll go away. But it won’t. We’re a culture obsessed with youth, beauty, vitality, wrinkle creams. We refuse to look death in the eye.

We’re aging everyday. It’s inevitable: we will get sick. With luck, it’s finite and you will recover. But what if you endure ill health every day? It’s unrelenting for years, no cure, little or no relief.

Tom Sullivan & Rand Paul and the Idiotic, Bizarre Things They Say

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Tom Sullivan & Rand Paul and the Idiotic, Bizarre Things They SayThis past week has seen some idiotic things coming from the mouths of people that some people — although hopefully not too many — look to for leadership and advice.

Tom Sullivan is a radio show host over at Fox News Radio and claimed that bipolar disorder is “made up” on one of his recent shows. A comment like that is from the dark ages of understanding the science behind mental illness, and demonstrates an individual who apparently hasn’t read an actual scientific study in the past two decades or so.

Rand Paul, however, is a physician. As such, he should know better. He should know it’s more important to give more weight to scientific and medical evidence, rather than anecdotes and hearsay. Yet the good doctor recently said, “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”

Good Nutrition is Important in Depression, but Often Overlooked

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Good Nutrition is Important in Depression, but Often OverlookedAs anyone who has had depression can attest, your …

6 Common Eating Disorder Myths

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

6 Common Eating Disorder MythsThere are many myths around eating disorders which create barriers for sufferers wishing to seek treatment.

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders, only 1 in 10 people with eating disorders receive treatment. Yet, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders.

Here are six commonly held myths about eating disorders.

10 Nutritional Deficiencies that May Cause Depression

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Depression and SorrowI’m not sure why more psychiatrists don’t first test for nutritional deficiencies before dispensing Zoloft or Prozac, and especially antipsychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa. The good ones will send you to get lab work done before upping your meds or adjusting anything. Sometimes we do need antidepressants. But other times we need spinach — think of Popeye.

In addition to seeing a psychiatrist regularly, I now work with an integrative health physician who tests my nutrition levels every year. If you haven’t ever tested your nutrition levels, you might inquire with either your psychiatrist or primary care physician.

Always Err on the Side of Compassion

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

err on compassionThe best piece of marital advice I’ve ever heard came from an ex-priest, a kind and gentle man who has been married to his bride for longer than I’ve been alive.

“Always err on the side of compassion,” he told me when I called him up all upset one afternoon after my husband and I got into a fight.

I don’t even remember what the fight was about. Something stupid. But I remembered his advice and I’ve been trying to apply it not only to my marriage but to my life, in general. In fact, it has become my mantra.

10 Common Reactions to Urinary Incontinence that Impede Care-Seeking

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

10 Common Reactions to Urinary Incontinence that Impede Care-SeekingOur lives are a dynamic flurry of family and professional activities — our work, our families and friends, and duties on the home front. Some of us have additional challenges due to ill health, financial stress, elder care or marital breakdown. When small urine leaks begin to appear every now and then, they might feel like a nuisance amid the noise of everyday life. Research tells us that women wait about five to 10 years to seek assistance for urinary incontinence.

Our beliefs about the problem are important because they influence how and when we take action. The following are 10 common reactions that deter or delay sufferers, especially women, from seeking professional advice or assistance for the problem:

Infestation Anxiety: The Enemy Within

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Stop RuminatingAs Ebola fears wane, don’t be fooled. The next great threat is always upon us.

There is a little-known psychological disorder called “Ekbom syndrome” in which a person believes that insects are crawling underneath their skin. Patients often tear their skin off in an attempt to extract the invisible vermin.

Even though it’s a rare disorder affecting about 100,000 Americans, somehow we can all relate to the maddening anxiety of those afflicted. There is something universally cringe-worthy about the experience of infestation.

10 Ways to Win the War Against Workplace Stress

Monday, January 26th, 2015

10 Ways to Win the War Against Workplace StressWorkplace stress is one of the most common forms of stress. In order to cope with it, you need to accept that your job is the cause of your stress. Only when you come out of your denial can you overcome this form of stress.

Here are some tips you can use to deal with workplace stress:

1. Take on only as much work as you can do. Promotions and incentives notwithstanding, your health should be important to you. You should know what your limit is, and then you should work within that limit. If you just give your nod to work that you can realistically do, then you will be much happier with your job.

Improving Your Child’s ADHD with Exercise

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

physical-fitnessGetting in a good run before work keeps us focused and productive at the office. But did you know exercise could also help children with ADHD perform better in the classroom?

“There is evidence that physical activity improves academic performance,” said Betsy Hoza, a professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont. Her recent study found moderate to vigorous aerobic activity before school helped children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder become more attentive.

“The immediate effects are that you’re much more alert — there’s that endorphin rush,” said Hoza. That rush has proven to boost mood, help ward off anxiety and depression in adults, and now to improve cognitive function in children with ADHD.

Can Hugs Protect Against Illness During Stressful Times? Research Says Yes!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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It’s cold and flu season again — make sure you get plenty of sleep, take some extra vitamin C and … hug each other a little more. Yes, that’s right. A new study reveals that frequent hugging lowers your chances of becoming ill during times of stress.

Prior research has found that high levels of stress can weaken the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness and infection. On the other hand, science has also shown that individuals with a strong social support system tend to enjoy a protective “buffer” against greater levels of stress.

I’m Not Psychic: The Cold, Hard Truth about Catastrophizing

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

difficluty-making-decisionsThere’s something about the year rounding out and a new year begun that makes me feel there are endless possibilities in the coming year. As exciting as that is, it also feeds the beast of anxiety inside me. While personal history has taught me that change usually brings joy and happiness to my life, my anxiety says it’s going to be a disaster and that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

That’s my anxiety. It’s not based on reality, experience, probability or usefulness and yet it comes to mind and runs the show. It makes me hesitant and tightly wound. I’m so busy waiting for the bottom to fall out when I do something new that I miss a lot of the great things happening right in front of me.

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