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As Valentine’s Day descends upon us, it tis the season to reflect upon love and romance. Unfortunately, pain can often disrupt or interfere with romantic connections. Being in pain can take a toll on how we interact socially with others and make it more difficult to express love, gratitude, or compassion toward important people in our lives. Key emotional regulators in our brains, including the amygdala, can be disrupted by pain. I often hear...
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For many, this time of year can mean feeling the blues more than usual. The holiday season can be a time of great joy, but it can also be a time of feeling lonely, financially stressed, and burned out. A decrease in sun exposure during the dark and dreary winter months can be associated with a mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder is associated with symptoms of depression, low energy, sleepiness, weight...
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December always seems to be a challenging pain management month. For one, the transition to more frigid temperatures along with the slew of storms that normally come through this time of year seem to make everyone’s aches and pains hurt more than normal. The “winter blues,” also known as seasonal affective disorder, can cause symptoms of depression and fatigue for some, especially for those in cold northern climates. In fact, Hippocrates...
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Danielle Ofri is one of those women who sets the bar awfully high for the rest of us. She's a doctor in New York with three kids, ages 7 to 12, and a husband who works. She manages to write books and edit the Bellevue Literary Review, which publishes creative writing about healing. She takes cello lessons.
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Water is essential. Water helps with regulating temperature and lubricating and cushioning joints. Water protects the spinal cord and helps the body get rid of wastes. How do you know if you are drinking enough water?
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Witnessing a traumatic event can produce a range of emotional reactions in both children and adults, from sadness to an inability to function that requires professional help, according to mental health experts.
A videoconferencing system used in 12 nursing homes across Nebraska eliminates the need to transport nursing home residents to another location or city to receive mental health services.
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I have had the good fortune to live a very successful life as a doctor and now, on my path as a speaker and author. To remind myself, I compiled the following list of attributes that I have followed, which helped me achieve success. This is my go-to list I refer to when faced with temporary setbacks. But now, I also believe this will be very helpful to you, my readers.
The date marking 20 years since my father’s passing came up recently. In looking back, I can recall that day as if it were only yesterday.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) just published a study on antidepressants: “Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity.” The lead authors are from the University of Pennsylvania departments of psychology and psychiatry. Their findings suggest antidepressants are effective for cases of severe depression but not for mild or moderate versions.