Living a Healthy Life

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle, and the ideal routine seems to change all the time. Yet physical well-being plays an undeniably important role in our daily lives. In many ways, our mental health impacts our ability to be physically healthy, and vice versa. Researchers in both domains have a lot to say about what it takes to be well.

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How to Be Happy

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
What is a happy self? In ancient times, happiness meant fulfilling your nature—both your human nature and your uniqueness as a member of the community. Times have changed.

B Vitamins Play Important Roles in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about the role of vitamin supplementation in mental health? B vitamins may help reduce symptoms of alcohol abuse, depressed mood, cognitive impairment and dementia.
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Challenges In Veteran Mental Health Care:

By Michael B. Brennan PsyD on September 22, 2017 in The War Within
Veteran disability rating system: what you should know.

Listen to Lady Gaga

By Judy Foreman on September 21, 2017 in A Nation in Pain
I'm so sorry for Lady Gaga's chronic pain, but the publicity for pain is good!

Three Tips for Staying Heart Healthy

Hint: Positive emotions can be good for your body.

Talking About Sexuality with Transgender and Nonbinary Teens

Wondering how to be inclusive in your practice when talking about the intersections of gender, sexual orientation and sexual behavior? Here are some important steps to consider.

Folate for Depression, Schizophrenia and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for folate supplementation as a treatment for serious mental health problems? Emerging research findings support its use.

Will a Pound of Bacon Really Make You Live Longer?

Recent results are flying in the face of established wisdom. Is this a good thing?
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Exercise: A Great Teacher

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 21, 2017 in The Power of Rest
Everything you do teaches your body. Exercise teaches your body a lot.

Trauma Exposure Linked to PTSD in 911 Dispatchers

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Emergency dispatchers are often exposed to duty-related trauma.

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

Can We Have a (Sex-Positive) Talk?

Want to talk with your adolescent about sex but don't know how to start? Here are some steps to help you begin to have "the talk."
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Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for a more advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood, or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.

All of the Feelings: Emotional Diversity Linked to Health

A growing body of research demonstrates that feeling a wide range of positive emotions in a single day is linked to health and well-being.
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The Art of Bliss

By Diana Raab PhD on September 20, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Have you ever thought that activities, such as writing, can lead to bliss?

Feeling Lonely? You May Be Damaging Your Health

Loneliness has been linked to inflammation and even higher mortality rates. Find out if you have an unhealthy level of loneliness and what you should do about it.

Can Embracing Negative Emotions Increase Your Well-Being?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The New Resilience
Is it possible that you can increase your happiness in life by embracing unhappy feelings -- your anxieties, fears, anger, resentments, and all sorts of negative emotions?

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

I Like a Gloomy Day

Do gloomy days deflate you? It can be easy to become sad, blue and down. However, you can begin to look forward to a gloomy day and get enjoyment out of it, as I do.

Anger and Cancer: Is There a Relationship?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Might being overly angry put one at risk for certain kinds of cancers?

What’s Your Friendship Style?

By Lydia Denworth on September 18, 2017 in Brain Waves
No one way of making friends works for everyone, but some form of connection is essential.

Low Brain Cholesterol—Separating Fact from Fiction

By Georgia Ede MD on September 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
How vegan diets and cholesterol-lowering drugs affect mood and memory.
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The Power of Placebo

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The placebo effect is more than belief - again and again, it has been shown to produce real physiological and neurological changes. Does this mean that the mind can heal the body?

Changes in Coverage Threaten Mental Health Parity

Children with mental illness require regular monitoring and behavior management. Now, insurance companies and legislation threaten equitable access to mental health treatment.

Hillary Clinton Is Doing Pranayama

Alternate nostril breathing is good for PTSD and mental health.
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How Melatonin Helps You Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Learn all about how melatonin can help sleep and bio time.

What Are You Waiting For?

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 15, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

Bedside Manners and Coping with Fear and Anxiety

The power of knowledge can not only improve our emotional symptoms, but our physical ones as well.

What You Can Do to Help in Natural Disasters

By Kimberly Key on September 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
From the massive destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to Mexico's 8.1 earthquake and the 65 ongoing wildfires, people can feel overwhelmed. Here are some ways to help.