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Are There Tears in Your Popcorn? What to Learn From The Fault in Our Stars

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

The Fault in Our Stars movie portrays the fault in our lives when challenged with illness, and the joy in our lives when these challenges are met.

Piecing Myself Back Together

MotherWoman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Kelly Coffey Motherhood: I don't know what my expectations were. The media paints a cute picture, but my life has certainly never been cute, so wh...

Helping Children Cope With Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

A child you know is grieving. It breaks your heart. You wonder what you can do to support them. Here are some guidelines.

'Thrive' in Action: Encouraging the Third Metric in Local Communities

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

As more and more conversation emerges about how we can best support individuals to thrive, I'd encourage others to consider creating similar types of supportive gatherings in their communities. Along with whatever structures can be added to our workplaces and our daily routines, sometimes we also need to create a village of support in order to sustain the values we most believe in.

3 Keys to Empowerment While Grieving

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Berrien

To have loss is to be human. With each loss, we add on to our layers of experience. We always hold the ability to honor our losses with grace and dignity. There is nothing weak or small about this journey

Supporting Those Who Grieve

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Do you ever wonder what you can or should do for a friend or family member after they have experienced the death of someone close to them? Should you mention the person who died? Will it upset them if you do? How do you find the words to express your condolences?

The Silence of Mothers Is Deafening

Millicent Monks | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Millicent Monks

I feel as if society treats mothers with mentally ill children like the Witches of Salem -- and that perhaps is one of the reasons the silence of the mothers is deafening. We need to face the fact that we are in the dark ages around mental illness.

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's Story and Obamacare Coverage of Drug Addiction

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Addiction is everywhere, help is more available, and you have friends and/or family who care about you. Take the first steps today to know your risks and find solutions for a better tomorrow.

The Best Health-Themed Movie of 2013: And the Winner Is...

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Never let important messages in films go overlooked by your admiration for the acting and writing. Let films such as these be a gateway for helping us all to live healthier and more enjoyable lives.

The Long Winter of Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

The process of grief is sometimes likened to a cold, dark period of gloom. It affects us physically, psychologically, behaviorally and spiritually.

I Am a Postpartum Depression Survivor

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

I was isolated, but I tried to put on a good front. This made me feel even worse and perpetuated a vicious cycle of withdrawal and a feeling of failure. All these led me to believe I was a bad mother.

Empathy Helps Where Sympathy and Tough Love Fall Short

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

All the craziness I'd set aside came rushing back -- fear of my own incompetence, suffocating guilt, terrified disbelief -- thinking of the weeks, months and years of monotonous chaos I was in for. Meanwhile, I couldn't imagine getting through even one day.

Saving Mr. Disney: What Walt Taught Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

So with what we know today, we could have saved Mr. Disney, and many of the other celebrities. More importantly, you can save your own life by recognizing the problem of smoking addiction and committing yourself to improvement.

Searching for Community

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Richard M. Cohen

Sometimes, the sick join affinity groups, single illness advocacy and service organizations. They hold a special place in our lives.

Merry? Happy? Perhaps Not for Those Who Are Grieving

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

As we move through the holiday season and head into the New Year, our society sends the message loud and clear: this is a time to rejoice, spread good...

40 Ways to Reinvent Yourself in 2014

Russell C. Smith | Posted 02.16.2014 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

1. Write a list. Words you put on the page or screen have the power to turn your ideas into actions.

Relief and Safety for the Sufferers of Many Kinds of Pain

Alissa Fleck | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Alissa Fleck

In addition to not knowing -- and, at some points, not caring -- whether she'd live or die, Hammett was left feeling completely isolated by her condition.

Once I Had a Meltdown at One of the Most Peaceful Places on Earth

MotherWoman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Tamara Bowman Picture this. A serene hot-springs pool in Northern California. Distant mountains and the low hum of an airplane cutting across the ...

Giving Thanks for a Sweet Goodbye

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

In my years of working with grieving clients, I have all too frequently heard grievers lament "Why didn't we ever talk about death when she was alive?" "I wish we had been able to say goodbye." On the other hand, seldom have I heard regrets from people who did have the conversation.

Medicine: Finding Meaning Outside the Classroom

Ambar Mehta | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Ambar Mehta

Lost in all the memorization and constant studying, our real purpose for joining the medical field was obscured. Medicine does not mean endless poring over a textbook. Rather, our career choice is driven by the desire to connect with patients.

Find Your Anchor: Alzheimer's Support Groups Are Empowering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For any caregiver who has felt that they needed their anchor, and motivation, to push through challenging times, the following are five benefits of attending a support group.

You Can Never Have Too Many Flashlights: (And Other Life Lessons from Hurricane Sandy)

Laurie Nadel | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Laurie Nadel

While the media will celebrate the feel-good stories of the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, it does not mean that the healing process if over. Healing after Hurricane Katrina is a process that is still going on six years later.

Ghosts, Goblins and Grief

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Holidays are a mixed bag. A griever can't help but have mixed reactions to certain accessories that characterize Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. If you know someone who is grieving, be sensitive to their perceptions and reactions.

Is Your Therapist an Idiot?

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

The process to painting your perfect therapy picture doesn't have to be hard. In fact, successful counselors help you mimic your life inside the safe sanctuary of their office. Trust your gut.