In: stress

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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Hunger Regulation
August 29, 2013

Recently several folks have asked us questions about diet, hunger, weight gain, and nutrition. Certainly for many people with depression, gaining…

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Cluelessness: Getting Stupid
August 23, 2013

Late on a Friday afternoon,  I found myself with two patients (back to back) who were yawning and seemingly drifting off…

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Ginseng
August 20, 2013

If you are a ginseng believer, then ginseng is the one supplement that all of us should be taking. Russian scientist…

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Memory, Stress and Aging
August 20, 2013

Many older people are concerned about impaired memory, and the relationship between memory, stress, and aging can be difficult to untangle….

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Proactivity
August 15, 2013

Proactive behavior refers to actions taken that are forward thinking, that anticipate future problems, and are aimed at avoiding those problems. They…

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Life Energy
August 13, 2013

Freud came up with the term libido to describe the sum of all the human instincts related to love. In his…

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Leaving War Behind
July 16, 2013

I spent many sessions working with a successful entrepreneur to try to help him cope better with stress and depression. His…

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