In: stress

Exercise and Stress – How Exercise Prevents Depression
October 5, 2014

Exercise seems to reduce stress. But how does this work? And what about exercise effects on depression? An article in the…

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Rick Hanson – Trust in Love
August 20, 2014

It has been a while since we mentioned Rick Hanson’s wonderful website and listserve – Just One Thing. Along comes not…

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Accepting Uncertainty
August 16, 2014

We are often trapped more by what we think about how things should be, or “have to be,” than by the reality…

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Stress and Trauma as Risk Factors for Bipolar
May 28, 2014

I have long been interested in the relationship between traumatic experiences and bipolar disorder. A couple of years ago I gave…

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Irritability and Coming Home from Work
May 21, 2014

I feel bad about it but at the end of the day I end up in a fight with my husband….

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Managing Tasks without Pain
April 20, 2014

A young woman who is attending architecture school mentioned a sudden dip in mood that happened the previous evening.   She told…

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Medications for Anxiety
February 24, 2014

A writer we have been seeing for about a year for depression and bipolar sent me an email yesterday – “I…

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Smart Phones May Disrupt Sleep
February 13, 2014

There is no “off” switch for our brains. Going to sleep, for most people, involves a process of “coming down” from…

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Befriending Stress
February 10, 2014

A colleague recommended this fantastic TED talk by Kelly McGonigal on the cardiovascular and social benefits of befriending stress (and potentially…

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Media Makes PTSD Much Worse
February 3, 2014

It was a sunny October day in 1989. Game 3 of the Battle of the Bay baseball World Series between…

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Reduce Your Social Stress
January 26, 2014

Regular readers of this blog know that I really like the writings of Rick Hanson (he has a wonderful email list…

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Exercise or Inactivity Changes Your Brain’s Structure and Its Resilience to Stress
January 26, 2014

This past year has been a remarkable year in terms of new studies examining the effects of exercise on your brain….

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The Trap of Stress Disability
December 31, 2013

The other day I was asked to evaluate a fellow physician by his disability insurance company.  When I do disability assessments…

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Was James Bond a Lush?
December 20, 2013

Always in search of the latest cutting edge medical knowledge, we happened across a fascinating research article in the December 2013…

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Food, Mood and Cognition
November 16, 2013

We recently got a useful update on this topic from one of the clinicians who works with us at Gateway Psychiatric….

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Experience a Sense of Plenty
October 4, 2013

Nothing can seem more urgent, important, and real than the sense that there is not enough for us. Not enough love….

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Depression and Inflammation
September 21, 2013

Recently there has been increasing interest in the relationship between depression and chronic overactivity of the body’s biological defense system –…

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Child Abuse Update
September 15, 2013

Twenty years ago the National Research Council (NRC) issued a comprehensive report on child abuse. That report noted that child abuse…

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Hormones and Food
September 13, 2013

In an earlier post we talked about some of the research on appetite. We reviewed some of the peptide hormones that…

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Childhood Trauma – Brain Effects
August 30, 2013

Experiencing trauma in childhood is associated with changes in the brain during teenage years, according to a study of 117 adolescents…

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