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The Value of Family- and Patient-Centered Care

Lori Lee | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Lori Lee

We settled into what had become our home away from home for the past several months. We knew the faces, sounds and smells. It was all too familiar: 5C. Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Neurofeedback on Your Bookshelf: Two Great New Books

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 11.20.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is currently at number 12 on the New York Times list of bestselling science books. It discuss...

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.

Secrets Suck

Maria Senise | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Has anyone heard the song "Secrets" by Mary Lambert? Lyrically, it's one of my new favorites. Here are a few of the most poignant lines, the ones that...

The Vicious Cycle Of Stress, Insomnia And Depression

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

There's increasing real evidence -- not just anecdotal -- for the bio-psychosocial relationship between stress, insomnia and depression, and the recurring, circular nature of these three unhealthy and unhappy states of mind and body.

High Rates of Depression Among African-American Women, Low Rates of Treatment

Nia Hamm | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nia Hamm

Because mental health is a taboo subject in the African-American community, black people, and specifically black women, are not only one of the least likely groups to be treated or to seek treatment for depression, they're also less likely than other groups to even acknowledge it as a serious problem

Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Post-2015 Dialogue

Ward Cates | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Ward Cates

Sexual and reproductive health, which includes access to family planning and HIV prevention and treatment, is increasingly being linked to progress across all areas of development.

What I Learned From Sleeping Through a 6.0 Earthquake

Kelsey Flanigan | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelsey Flanigan

Everyone, cancer or not, deals with aftershocks. They can ripple through our lives causing anxiety, depression and a host of other issues until we confront them. After a huge catastrophe in your life it unfortunately doesn't end there; we have to deal with the debris around us.

Ferguson's Overlooked Ties to the War on Drugs

Howard Meitiner | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Meitiner

While we do not know all the facts on the ground in Ferguson, we know that militarization on a national level can often do more harm than good. It has eroded trust between law enforcement and ordinary citizens, and it certainly hasn't eradicated the drug scourge from our communities.

Depression and Addiction: We Must Break the Stigmas

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

The reason so many people don't get the treatment they need is simple: Mental illness and addiction are still shrouded in stigma. It's 2014, but people suffering from mental illness often times don't want to ask for professional help because they fear being labeled as "crazy" or a "whack job."

Robin Williams and the Perils of Depression

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

When someone like Robin Williams takes his own life, it's a stunning reminder of how powerful emotional anguish can be. It's a reminder that profound emotional pain can occur in the talented, the successful, the admired, the well-loved. And it's a reminder of how difficult it can be to reach someone struggling with depression -- especially someone who thinks you don't want to hear about it.

This Is What It Is Like to Be an Addict With Triggers

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I bring these events up specifically because of how minuscule they are in a normal person's world -- going to bed at night, grabbing a beverage to hydrate. But in an addict's world, it's the small actions like this that can set off a string of memories associated with our use.

Find Out How You Can Treat Yourself and Better Yourself at the Same Time on Your Next Vacation

AskMen.com | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
AskMen.com

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a spa holiday was all about fluffy white robes and whale music. But these days, people are taking it one step further and are opting to use their vacation time for personal development or a complete body-mind detox.

All You Need Is...

Laurie Satran | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Laurie Satran

I will always be reminded how fragile we are and how unpredictable life is. And that despite how strong and independent we think we are and we think we need to be, there will come a time when we realize, all we really need is each other.

The Days of Our Lives, One Day at a Time

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Unfortunately, CBT is not readily available to everyone who might benefit from the therapy. It's rarely used in settings where addicts are typically treated, in large part because there are not enough well-trained therapists to meet the need.

Social Media Spreading Self-Harm Behavior Amongst Teens

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Note: The content in this post may be disturbing to readers. Ten years ago, if you were to tell someone you were going to "tweet" them, they'd probab...

18 Things I've Learned Now That My Son With Autism Is Turning 18

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
Hannah Brown

Once your child is diagnosed with autism, you find out who your real friends are, and who the staunchest allies in your family are.

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

Five Things Every Young Person Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol

Theodore Caputi | Posted 05.18.2014 | College
Theodore Caputi

New advancements in drug and alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment programs occur nearly every day. So what does all this mean for teens and college students today? Here's what you need to know.

'The Silver Lining': An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Looking for and finding Silver Linings was essential to my well-being during treatment. They buoyed me and kept my spirits hopeful from the time of my diagnosis throughout my double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. Silver Linings gave me the balance and perspective to get me through the darkest of days.

The Hope in Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

Addiction is perceived almost universally as shameful, even by association. As we see in all the recent discussions about whether people with substance abuse problems "deserve" the troubles they incur, even having empathy for someone with these issues is suspect and denigrated by many.

Why Manage What You Can Prevent?

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

When did leaders in workplace wellness become hoodwinked and duped into thinking managing something is better than preventing it? I guess they believ...

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Overdosing on heroin doesn't make you a scumbag. Having a drink after 20 years of sobriety doesn't make you weak. Having an addiction is not a moral choice. In fact, I think it is accurate to say that having an addiction is not a choice at all.

6 Ways to Defeat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 04.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

As with other mood disorders surrounding yourself with understanding, supportive, and encouraging people can help lift your spirits. Find people whom you trust and lean on them for support and plan such activities as movies and dinners.