Seeking Joy

  Joy : (noun)  a state of happiness or felicity :bliss  a source or cause of delight Joy. We all want it. But how many of us really find it? Experiencing last joy can seem like an insurmountable feat. But, it may be more basic than we realize. What if, by spending a few minutes, engaged…

Binge Eating

Merriam-Webster defines Binge Eating as uncontrolled compulsive eating. Binge eating is a common problem reported by many of my patients. Sometimes people binge eat in response to true hunger. More commonly in our culture, where food is often available in excessive quantities, binge eating can become disordered eating. Binge eating is considered a disorder when the following…

Sugar and Mental Health

Results from an ongoing study in London were just published in the scientific journal “Nature” and reveal that sugar consumption may have a direct impact on our mental health. The study has followed approximately 10,000 individuals who were initially recruited in 1985 through 1988. Almost 70% of participants were male, while approximately 30% were female….

Increasing Satisfaction in our Relationships.

What are couples who report high levels of satisfaction with their partners doing differently from those who don’t? A recent meta-analysis of 21 different research articles about Empathetic Accuracy reveals some interesting insight into the nature of satisfying relationships. Empathetic Accuracy (EA) is a term that describes the extent to which people use their ability to…

Nutrition for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric conditions diagnosed in the United States, effecting more than 40 million American’s each year. What you eat and drink can significantly impact anxiety levels and your nutritional status can either support or undermine other treatments you may be receiving for anxiety. Foods and Drink to Avoid: Caffeine. Caffeine…

Why can’t I sleep?

Trouble sleeping, or insomnia, happens to more than 3 million Americans yearly. Insomnia can cause problems falling asleep and staying asleep and may be caused by biological factors, medical and psychiatric conditions, ineffective sleep habits and substance use, including alcohol use. Insomnia can be temporary or chronic and is estimated to cost the US over 63…

Being “In Crisis”

It’s probably not surprising that as a psychiatric mental health provider, I work daily with people who are in crisis. Over the years, I’ve noticed that fewer and fewer people are aware they are in crisis when they come to see me. There are probably many reasons for this but I think one of the…

Can Mindfulness-Based Interventions Help Treat Depression and Anxiety Disorders?

Mindfulness-Based Interventions include regular mindfulness meditation practices, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), person-based cognitive therapy (PBCT) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness is defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. MBCT, PCBT and MBSR…

Could playing Tetris help prevent PTSD?

A new study from the University of Oxford revealed playing the computer game Tetris may help prevent the development of post traumatic stress disorder, following motor vehicle crashes. The randomized control trial included 71 people who presented to the emergency department, following their involvement in a car accident. Half of the participants were asked to…

Can Exercise Really Treat My Depression?

You’ve likely already heard that exercise can help treat depression and, if you suffer from depression, you’ve probably already had at least one well-meaning aunt, cousin or neighbor tell you to ditch your antidepressant medication and sign up for a half marathon instead. And while it’s likely not a good idea to stop taking your…

The Neurochemistry of Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of our existence as humans. Relationships help to define us; they bring us some of life’s greatest joys and deepest sorrows. Some relationships develop seemingly effortlessly, while others take an immense amount of effort. On our quest for ultimate holistic health, it is worthwhile to reflect on our past, current…

Exercise = Longer Life

This just in: exercise DOES promote a longer life. A 12 year Finnish study just conclusively showed that leisure-time physical activity prolonged the lives of men and women, ages 65-74. Worldwide, physical inactivity is estimated to cause approximately 3.2 million deaths annually. In this study, approximately 2,500 men and women from 5 Finnish communities were followed…