A DOG or cat owner spends roughly $10,000 on the care and feeding of his pet over its lifetime. (Dogs cost more per year, but cats make up for it by living longer.) What does he get for this investment? Surveys indicate that what most pet owners mainly want is companionship, unconditional love and a […]
By Suzanne Koven, M.D. New Year’s Resolutions, like bridesmaids’ dresses, fruitcake, and mothers-in-law, get a bad rap. Okay, they often don’t work out (though, come to think of it, I adored my mother-in-law and she made a dynamite fruitcake) but sometimes they do.
Christmas season brings depression for some We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience a high incidence of depression. […]
If you’ve ever gotten relationship advice, you’ve probably heard plenty of don’ts. Don’t nag. Don’t stonewall. Don’t blame. Don’t leave the toilet seat up, don’t squeeze the toothpaste tube from the middle, and definitely don’t assume he’s that into you when he’s just not. Well, don’t listen.
In the current issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation’s leading researcher and advocate for people with mental illness wrote on the debate on what to call people with mental illness: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently invited a dialog about words that are used for individuals with […]
What is good emotional health? People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships. They can keep problems in perspective. It’s important to remember that even people who have good emotional health can sometimes have emotional problems or mental […]
August 5, 6:26 PM · Pamela Patterson – Portland Women’s Issues Examiner Unrealistic beauty images and body size ideals are continually emphasized, and reinforced in Western culture; an illustration of this can be seen in magazine editorials featuring dangerously thin models. It seems that beauty is now associated with being skinny, as the media […]
An active engagement with musical sounds not only enhances neuroplasticity, but also enables the nervous system to provide the stable scaffolding of meaningful patterns so important to learning, researchers say. ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010) — Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds from invisible MP3 players — whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more […]
Happiness: 6 Myths and Truths Don’t Fall for These 6 Happiness Myths; Learn How to Overcome Them If you’d like to be happier — who wouldn’t? — the first step may be to challenge your own views about happiness. Maybe you think that to be happier, you need more than you have now — […]
Treating Depression When Medication Fails Various lifestyle approaches make drugs more effective or help relieve depression on their own James Russo has wrestled for some 60 years with his “black dog” of depression, since the days back in high school when a B left him feeling like an utter failure. He tried Valium, a […]