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.

Recent posts on Health

The Real Truth About Eating Disorders

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 23, 2018 in Eating Mindfully
Do you know who struggles with eating disorders? The diversity may surprise you.

The New Era of Cannabis

By David Rettew M.D. on February 23, 2018 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
From someone who became sucked into a statewide battle on marijuana legalization, a few observations on the remarkable aspects of what happened and where we're going.

Healthcare Providers and Your Perinatal Population

Every healthcare provider who comes in contact with a perinatal woman should hand her a list of reputable, reliable, and accessible local maternal mental health professionals.

Musky Smell and Parkinson's Disease

Studies of people exuding a musky smell from their upper back and neck, and the medical problems that were later uncovered.

Preventing Mass Shootings: Examining Solutions

Indeed, thoughts and prayers are with victims everywhere, but not action-less thoughts and insincere prayers.

Bullying Is a Serious Public Health Issue in Schools

A new book suggests that the cycle of violence in schools can be curbed by practices and policies that replace bullying behaviors with prosocial habits.

New or Unmanaged HIV is a Symptom of Poor Mental Health

By John-Manuel Andriote on February 22, 2018 in Stonewall Strong
You might say HIV is a symptom of depression and other mental health challenges. Address them and you are far more likely to avoid, or successfully manage, the virus.

New Research On How Yoga Boosts Your Immune System

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 22, 2018 in Urban Survival
A review of randomized control trials on yoga's impact on the immune system yields promising results.
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Preventing School Shootings: It's Guns, Not Mental Health

The Parkland school shooting demands urgent action. Rather than considering the proven value of sound gun control, some politicians are diverting by focusing on mental health.

Weight Watchers is Targeting Teens with Their Game

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on February 22, 2018 in #BeHerNow
Will Weight Watchers utilize addictive gaming as part of their new business strategy with teens?

The Basics of BFRBs

By Tara Peris Ph.D. on February 22, 2018 in Touchy Subject
Body-focused repetitive behaviors are more common than you might think.

Social Engineering May Be Our Best Hope To Prevent Violence

Even the experts, never mind politicians, advocates, and celebrities, can't offer a more powerful strategy to prevent violence and sexual exploitation than social engineering.

Feeling Lonely? Your Brain May Be At Risk.

Is being social while battling cancer really a priority? A new Breast Cancer Study shows links between loneliness and brain function.

Are the Most Effective Antidepressants the Least Used?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on February 22, 2018 in The Power of Rest
Use old drugs before you forget their effectiveness

Workplace Alcohol Tests: Where Do We Draw the Line?

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 22, 2018 in Talking About Trauma
Concerns over current substance abuse policies surround employee privacy.
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No Doubt

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 22, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
How big of a problem are we facing? SAMHSA points to the pitfalls of underage alcohol use: "Alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth ..."
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All Are Responsible to All

Everyone is part of an ecology, and the most effective way to prevent individual violence, far before it even becomes an issue, is to care for the wider ecology.

Why Should We Embrace Discomfort?

Feeling comfortable? Maybe it is time to get uncomfortable for your own good.

The Aging Brain: When Friends Turn into Foes

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Brain Chemistry
New study shows that supportive cells of the brain, called astrocytes, turn into enemies, promoting age-related function decline in healthy brains.

Alternative Treatments Increasing Mental Health Reach

Stepped-Care: How It Can Help the Underserved Population

New Evidence Finds Vitamins Are Often Unnecessary

Americans spend more than $36 billion a year on vitamins and nutritional supplements – all in the hopes for leading healthier lives. But do vitamins actually work?
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6 Pathways to Mental Health You Probably Don’t Know

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 19, 2018 in What Matters Most?
Want to get familiar with 6 pathways to psychological happiness? Hear the stories and tips of 6 people, as well as the latest research, to help you find your way!

We are Missing Decades of Research on Gun Violence

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on February 19, 2018 in The Third Wave
Gun violence in America is a national public health crisis and we need research informed solutions to keep our children safe.

Choosing Dogs that can Breathe

By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Fellow Creatures
Why are breeds such as Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs so popular despite health issues due to short faces? Appearance and emotion influence people's choices.

Talking With Teens About STIs

By Jon Lasser, Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in School and Family Matters
Ready to talk to your teen about sexually transmitted infections? An open conversation can bolster prevention efforts.

Teaching in a Time of Hate and Violence

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on February 18, 2018 in Catching Homelessness
In the wake of yet another school shooting and another college campus violent white nationalist event, what are the limits to free speech and firearms in terms of education?

How to Get on the Path to Self Actualization

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
Maslow had advice for those who wanted to become self-actualizers. In his book The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, he gave eight suggestions.

Mass Shooting and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Minding the Mind
Are mass shooters mentally ill? We should not assume that they are.

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous: Does It Make Sense?

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 17, 2018 in A Hunger Artist
I analyze the ABA literature to explore whether or not the translation from alcohol addiction to eating disorders results in coherent and constructive principles and practices.

Guns or No Guns for Those With Mental Illness?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on February 17, 2018 in Stop The Cycle
Another school shooting. What can we do?