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Kristen Fuller, M.D.
Many individuals do not struggle with mental health or substance use disorders and go to therapy to resolve relationship issues or personal dilemmas to become a better person.
When a loved one dies by suicide, your life most likely will be turned upside down. Walking through this dark period can be incredibly hard but there is hope and light.
"Before I was diagnosed by my former psychiatrist, I experienced intense mood swings and, retrospectively, extreme overreactions to everyday situations..."
How to talk about core values early in a relationship.
When we become stressed or when our brain becomes “foggy”, we have a hard time recalling our memory and we often become worried that “we are losing our minds".
You can hear sounds and words without having to listen or focus on what you are hearing. Hearing without listening is an example of the common phrase “in one ear and out the other”
Defining the different types of abuse, including verbal, physical, sexual, financial, elder, child, and domestic.
When we deplete our bodies of wholesome calories and nutrients, we are starving our brains. On top of the emotional and mental wreckage, we are also harming our bodies.
We overeat, we skip meals, we binge eat, we only eat snacks, we indulge in greasy food, we cut out carbohydrates and sugar, we stop eating, we only eat fruits and veggies...
Healthy foods feed your body and your brain. Growing up with a parent who prioritizes whole foods and nourishment can help kids realize this.
COVID-19, for all its hardships, may have led to a reduction in mental health stigma and improved access to mental healthcare.
Victims of sexual trauma have an increased likelihood of suffering from mental health disorders, self-harm behavior, eating disorders, and addiction.
Increased awareness can eliminate social stigma.
Self-harm is an unhealthy coping mechanism to overcome underlying triggers that have elicited feelings of pain, guilt, and shame.
Don’t we all want to live longer, look younger, run faster, and be stronger? A longer, healthier life means more time with our loved ones and more opportunities for happiness.
Shame is name-calling, put-downs—telling someone “You’re a bad person.” Accountability is saying, “You’re not doing your job.” You can hold someone accountable without name-calling or demeaning.
It's time to change the narrative around parenthood and alcohol as the “mommy needs wine” culture is dangerously growing larger by the second.
The year 2020 may have been the first time that many of us looked around and thought, “My God. What have we become?”
Too many Americans perceive sleep as an expendable luxury, rather than a biological necessity.
People's physical lives should never be compared to their livelihoods, but unfortunately, this virus has forced many people to pick one over the other.
The temperatures are dropping and the days are becoming shorter. The changes from summer to fall can be trigger depression. The "winter blues" may be just around the corner.
Breast cancer is a physical diagnosis and can affect an individual’s mental health throughout the disease.
"Did you really want to die? No one commits suicide because they want to die. Then why do they do it? Because they want to stop the pain."
The inflammatory process in the body is a critical response to fighting off infections, but over time, it has also been linked to the development of depression.
Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
The culinary industry can be creative and rewarding. It can also lead to both substance abuse and disordered eating.
Trivializing eating disorders can create a pretense that they are not that dangerous and can be just a way to lose weight.
Our body, which was once our sanctuary and our home, is no longer a safe place but a haunted house full of hurtful memories and flashbacks associated with the traumatic event.
The pressure of stress generates the motivation we need to adjust our behavior, and stress could be either good or bad.
As our country begins to open up, and people learn to adapt to new regulations, we are beginning to see a new silent pandemic, a mental health crisis.
Kristen Fuller, M.D., is a physician and a clinical mental health writer for Center For Discovery.