Remember that no matter what happens, there’s always one at the table who has it worse than all of you combined. The Thanksgiving Turkey.… More Rules for Surviving Thanksgiving in a Dysfunctional Family
Studies have shown that when doctors used GeneSight to help guide their medication decisions, their patients were twice as likely to respond to the selected medicine. Plus, these patients saw a 70% greater improvement in their symptoms than those whose medications were chosen by the usual, “trial and error” method!
… More Simple Genetic Test Helps Psychiatrists Prescribe With Less Trial-and-Error
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Trauma and its sequelae are likely the greatest challenge we face as individuals who have experienced them and as healthcare professionals who try to help. For decades and generations, post-traumatic experiences have been misunderstood, mislabeled, and misrepresented. It wasn’t that long ago when I found myself in a shouting…
As a dietitian, I am often seen as the “food police.” I can assure you my goal is to help you, not judge you. I want to help you live a life free of guilt related to food.
What if you could include your favorite foods in your diet and not feel guilty after eating them?
As someone who has made significant changes in my own lifestyle, I can attest that eating to nourish your body actually nourishes your mind and helps you to achieve other goals you may set for yourself. Choosing the right foods to nourish your body can help you be ‘your best self’’.… More Food as Medicine: Can it really heal your mind, body, and soul?
Resilience means the ability to bounce back from a crisis rather than succumb to negative thinking and despair. Like a flower growing in the desert, resilient people can blossom even when life is difficult. … More Building Resilience: Preventive Care for Mental Health
It can be frightening and intimidating when a loved one reveals or shows signs of suicidal thoughts. However, not taking thoughts of suicide seriously can have a devastating outcome. If you think your friend or family member will hurt herself or someone else, call 911 immediately.… More When a Family Member is Suicidal
Any person exhibiting these behaviors should get care immediately:
Putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions
Saying goodbye to friends and family
Mood shifts from despair to calm
Planning, possibly by looking around to buy, steal or borrow the tools they need to commit suicide, such as a firearm or prescription medication… More Warning Signs of Suicide: Hearing a Cry for Help
The little pink pill known as Addyi, or flibanserin, was released in August 2015 and is due to be released October 17. Will it change women’s lives the way Viagra changed the lives of men? Many are calling it the “female Viagra.” But is that moniker actually appropriate?… More The Little Pink Pill – a Cure for Your Sex Life?
Just as computers left in sleep mode signal occasional blips of malfunction, so too, the consequences of living with divided attention carry hidden costs –spiraling anxiety, disrupted sleep, poor eating habits, emotional burnout. Just as turning off a computer can offer a vital reboot, so too, learning to quiet the mind –can afford an amazing respite from undue anxiety and despair. … More One View of Mindfulness
Helping someone you care about when they don’t want help is complex. When do you honor their wishes, and when do you superimpose your own beliefs out of a conviction that your instincts are correct? Several years ago, my husband and I faced this question with my mother-in-law. It was among the hardest and most important things we’ve ever done.… More Tough Love for Bubbie