Just a week ago, I was feeling very down, even apprehensive as the end of the work day approached. Usually, I’m anticipating a fun evening. I was sad because at 5 p.m. I would have to make a final journey to my vet with a beloved pet, my dog Handsome Jack. Now that a week … Continue reading Understanding and Coping With Grief
Depression isn’t funny whether it’s an occasional “blue” day or a life-long struggle. Author Mark Twain (born Samuel Clements) may have spoken and written some very funny words but few know that he suffered from depression and shares this medical condition with composers Cole Porter, Stephen Austin, and Kurt Cobain. Many more notable people have been affected … Continue reading What Mark Twain and 20.9 Million Americans Have In Common
I’m not sure when it all changed. I know it did for me in 1999, when I watched in horror as two students at a Denver High School walked in and killed 13 of their classmates and a teacher. The Columbine shooting has forever impacted my outlook on how safe we are at work or in public places, and how safe … Continue reading Sandy Hook Reminds Us That There is More to Be Done to Help Mentally Ill
We’re a tired people. Many of us get ready for work with a quick breakfast and a drive-through coffee at the beginning of our day. Now, it’s late in the afternoon and you just can’t seem to focus or keep those heavy eyelids open. What do you do? You grab that faithful pot of “brown … Continue reading Coffee jitters? Grab a banana
When you’re a child, you’re asked to point to a series of frowning faces to rate your pain. As an adult, you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Pain is subjective. Ralph Monte, PsyD, a post-doctoral fellow in Health Psychology, explains the psychology of pain. “Pain is a subjective experience. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Pain Really Is in Your Head
Sweaty palms, an accelerated heartbeat and nausea. No, it’s not a heart attack. It’s what some people feel when they have to face a social situation. What you call shy, may actually be social anxiety disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 15 million American adults are living with social anxiety disorder. … Continue reading Social anxiety disorder: Are you shy or is it something more?
Patricia hardly ever leaves her house. In fact, she hardly ever leaves her sofa. Years of chronic pain have left her depressed, lonely and hopeless. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Ralph Monte, PsyD, post-doctoral fellow in Health Psychology, offers some tips on coping with chronic pain. “First off, we help you realize … Continue reading Coping with Chronic Pain
While some people may be excited about cooler temperatures, others may be slipping into a form of depression. As the seasons change, a number of people suffer from seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It is common to have a slight change in habits with each new season. As the weather cools … Continue reading Don’t let the change of seasons change your mood
Need help losing weight? Quitting smoking? Battling some other addiction or problem? Missing the willpower it takes to make needed changes in your life? Randall Moore, MD, Psychiatry, offers some tips to increase your willpower to help you take charge and change. Make a list of short- and long-term goals concerning the activity you want … Continue reading Empowering Your Willpower
Depressed? Stuck in a rut? Feeling like you can’t get up and do anything? One of the best things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of major depression is to get out and get moving. Go for a brisk walk. Go to a Zumba class. Pump some iron. Get some exercise. “When you … Continue reading Can You Exercise Your Way to Happiness?