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Accountability and Mental Health

Patients have a direct role and responsibility in their mental health. A person could have years of counseling and medication services, yet if there is no accountability on the patient’s part then what good would they do? 

Nov 20th, 2019
Depressed? It May Be the Time Change

A Danish study recently found that depression diagnoses go up significantly (8 percent) in the month following the change from Daylight Savings Time back to standard time.

Nov 13th, 2019
Self-Compassion and Your Mental Health

Perfectionism — ever-unattainable! — is bad for your mental health. People who expect perfection are often overly critical of mistakes, which can lead to depression.

Nov 7th, 2019
Medicating for Depression: the Basics

When someone comes to me with depression, the first decision we make together is whether we’ll treat with therapy, medication, or both. In my experience, a combination of the two is the most effective approach.

Oct 27th, 2019
Tourettes and OCD

Tourette’s causes so much pain, especially in social interaction. It can cause shame and social isolation for patients and their families, but things can get better with therapies and medication.

Oct 8th, 2019
YOUTH AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Suicides among teens ages 15-19 are the highest they’ve been since 2000, says a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Here’s a snippet from an NBC analysis of the study: The new study found that in 2017, 6,241 teenagers and adult

Jun 19th, 2019
HOW TO FALL ASLEEP QUICKLY

This is second in a two-part series about sleep. Click here to read part one. Last week I wrote about how poor sleep can negatively affect your mental health. If you’re thinking, “It’s not my fault, I just can’t fall asleep at night!” then try this metho

Jun 5th, 2019
HOW POOR SLEEP AFFECTS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

I can’t stress this enough: part of managing your mental health includes getting enough sleep. I’ve written about this here before: in my career I’ve seen how poor sleep can lead to suicidal thoughts, memory issues, even weight gain. According to an artic

May 28th, 2019
SOME ADHD MEDS INCREASE RISK OF PSYCHOSIS

New evidence is emerging that some medications for ADHD put teens and young adults at risk for developing psychosis. According to this study of more than 200,000 people ages 13 to 25, one out of 660 people had an episode of psychosis in a few months afte

May 21st, 2019
SUMMER BREAK WITH YOUR HIGH-NEEDS CHILD

As thrilled as kids are with summer break, it can be difficult on parents to muster the same enthusiasm. You’re all out of your routine and it can take time to get used to a new schedule, and get used to each other. If you have a child with developmental

May 12th, 2019
THE NEED FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS

A recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) makes a case for more mental health professionals–including nurses and social workers–in schools. From the report: School counselors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists are frequently

May 12th, 2019
HOW DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY CAN AFFECT YOUR MEMORY

In 1958, researchers in the UK began collecting data from thousands of children born in a single week that year, creating the National Child Development Study (NCDS), which has been ongoing for nearly 60 years. This is so fascinating to me! Mental health

Apr 2nd, 2019
WHY DOCTORS AND NURSES NEED TO TAKE MENTAL HEALTH DAYS

Nurses and doctors–those critical caretakers of society!–often carry heavy mental and emotional burdens in the course of their work. Think about it: nurses often witness the worst hours and days of a person’s life. Doctors take care of patients and their

Apr 1st, 2019
THE SKILL OF KINDNESS IN DISAGREEMENT

This opinion piece about civility in politics got me thinking about kindness. How can we learn to be more understanding with those we disagree with? Columnist Dave Brooks gives practical tips on curating difficult conversations you have face-to-face, whet

Mar 8th, 2019
WHY YOU SHOULD STOP PUTTING PLASTIC IN THE MICROWAVE

There is increasing evidence that some of the preservatives, packaging and food coloring in America’s food may be harmful to kids’ physical and mental health. Also, putting plastic in the microwave and dishwasher may cause plastic to leach chemicals into y

Feb 21st, 2019
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN TRAUMA AND OCD

This is the third post in a series about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. Is there a connection between post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? I believe there is, and

Feb 12th, 2019
PTSD AND SUICIDE

This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You can read Part 1 here. On this blog we’ve established how to recognize the signs of PTSD. This can befall mothers after a dangerous birth, a newly diagnosed cancer patient,

Jan 31st, 2019
DO I HAVE MAJOR DEPRESSION?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you have major depression, especially when you’re living with it. For some people, depression is a pervasive feeling of sadness or hopelessness. For some, depression means feelings of anger or extreme irritability. People

Jan 24th, 2019
WHAT IS POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after living through extreme stress, a terrifying or distressing event, or a prolonged traumatic experience. What kinds of experiences could lead to PTSD? combat (for mil

Jan 10th, 2019
SUNLIGHT HELPS FIGHT DEPRESSION

I’ve written about this before: exposure to sunlight can help fight depression. Coupled with mild to moderate exercise, being out in the daylight can help fight carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, social avoidance, even fatigue! A 2014 study of office wor

Jan 8th, 2019
POLICE ARREST FEWER MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE WITH NEW PROGRAM

In Gainesville, Florida, officer Shelly Postle teamed up with Makenzie Boyer, a mental health professional to handle calls regarding people with mental health issues. Postle and Boyer handled 434 calls in eight months, making a co-responder team that halt

Jan 8th, 2019
BEAT THE POST-CHRISTMAS BLUES

The post-Christmas season can be a real emotional low point. Maybe there’s a backlog at work. Maybe your kids’ schedule is thrown off by late nights and holiday excess. Maybe you had a blowup at a family member during Christmas. Whatever may be dragging y

Dec 27th, 2018
HOW CHARITABLE GIVING BENEFITS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

This title from Time Magazine really does say it all: “Being Generous Really Does Make You Happier.” Researchers from the Unviersity of Zurich in Switzerland told 50 participants that they’d be receiving about $100 in a few weeks. Twenty-five people promi

Dec 24th, 2018
FOUR WAYS TO BEAT HOLIDAY STRESS

The Christmas season can be overwhelming. Managing traditions, a heavy end-of-year workload, financial stress, even time spent with extended family can contribute to poor mental health. Here are ways you can manage your stress during “The Most Wonderful Ti

Dec 7th, 2018
SINGING THROUGH PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Patients with advanced Parkinson’s are singing their way to better mental health, says Elizabeth Stegemöller, assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University. (Click here to see a video of Stegemöller leading her singing group in 2017.) Stegem

Dec 7th, 2018
BOOK REVIEW: THE CHOICE BY DR. EDITH EVA EGER

The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger is an incredibly empowering book on trauma recovery, written by a woman who has sometimes been nicknamed “the Anne Frank who didn’t die.” The pain of Dr. Eger’s story is hard to fathom. Nearly her entire family, all Hungar

Nov 16th, 2018
GRANDMAS AND FRIENDSHIP BENCHES HELP TREAT DEPRESSION IN AFRICA

Grandmothers, take note: in Africa, mental health professionals pioneered a method where they used grandmothers and friendship benches to screen people for basic psychiatric services. In 2004, a man named Dixon Chibanda was one of only two psychiatrists i

Nov 15th, 2018
THE EFFECTS OF GRATITUDE ON HEART AND BRAIN

I’ve written about the ways gratitude can improve your life. Gratitude can improve your romantic relationships, help you sleep better, decreases depression, even decreases suicidal thoughts. A 2017 study conducted at the University of Seoul, South Korea,

Nov 15th, 2018
HOW STRESS ALTERS YOUR BRAIN

If you are in your 40s and suspect your memory is already slipping, stress could be the culprit. A new study found that forty-somethings who had high levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in their bodies also had reduced brain volumes and lower cognitive

Nov 6th, 2018
WHY AM I HAVING NIGHTMARES?

What causes nightmares, anyway? Nightmares tend to crop up when we’re stressed, anxious, depressed, on certain medications, or when our sleep is being consistently interrupted (hello, parents of a newborn!). Occasional nightmares are normal, but consistent

Oct 24th, 2018
THE MENTAL TOLL OF CANNABIS USE

I’ve written about this before: when you use cannabis to manage your mental health, the long-term risks far outweigh the short-term benefits. There is research linking cannabis use to schizophrenia in teens, as well as hallucinations, paranoia and other ps

Oct 24th, 2018
DADS’ MENTAL HEALTH AFFECTS THEIR CHILDREN

We’ve written about this before: treating depression can be a family affair. Recent studies are focusing on why a father’s mental health is just as important on their children. This 2017 study out of the United Kingdom drew a strong correlation between de

Oct 18th, 2018
FORGIVENESS AND MENTAL HEALING

“We are not responsible for what breaks us, but we can be responsible for what puts us back together again. Naming the hurt is how we begin to repair our broken parts.” ― Desmond Tutu, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our

Oct 8th, 2018
MEMORY AND SEXUAL ABUSE

Last week Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate judiciary committee about allegations of sexual abuse. This sparked discussions about sexual abuse in news and social media across the United States. (Several victims even call

Oct 1st, 2018
WHY DON’T PEOPLE REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE RIGHT AWAY?

There’s a debate swirling in American politics right now about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who alleged that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party when they were both teenagers. The arguments have been

Sep 24th, 2018
NEW TO BOISE STATE ATHLETICS: A MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTOR

When athletes battle mental health struggles alone, the consequences can be disastrous. Tyler Hilinski, a Washingston State quarterback took his own life in January 2018, only four months after an incredible triple-overtime victory over Boise State. Hili

Sep 8th, 2018
HAVING BACK TO SCHOOL JITTERS? TIPS FOR YOU, THE PARENT

If you’re dreading the back-to-school transition, you’re not alone. We are well aware how difficult it is to shift a kid from from late night barbecues and lazy mornings into waking up at 6:30 a.m. Juggling earlier bedtimes, packing lunches and managing a

Aug 20th, 2018
WHEN BOYS’ ANXIETY COMES OUT AS ANGER

The sullen teenage boy is everywhere, so common it’s almost a cultural cliché. But what if it’s actually anxiety? This article from the Deseret News presents another side to the story, where several young men share their stories of grappling with feelings

Aug 18th, 2018
NEUROIMAGING: A NEW APPROACH TO EATING DISORDERS?

To treat eating disorders or even obesity, scientists have been turning to neuroimaging–scans of the brain–to teach patients how to understand the path between mind and stomach. In a 2015 study, scientists used neuroimaging to identify what they called “b

Aug 16th, 2018
UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS IN LEFT-HANDED PEOPLE

Studies on emotion in hemispheres of the brain may have been skewed exclusively toward right-handed people, according to a new study from Cornell University. In hundreds of studies conducted since the 1970s, research has shown that the left side of the br

Aug 5th, 2018
MAGNESIUM: AS EFFECTIVE AS ANTIDEPRESSANTS?

I’m always interested in learning how supplements can improve health, and lately I’ve been researching magnesium. It turns out one study shows the supplement can be as effective as SSRIs in treating mild to moderate depression. The FDA hasn’t yet rated ma

Jul 24th, 2018
STRESS RELIEF COULD SOMEDAY BE AN IMMUNIZATION AWAY

There’s a bacterium found on the shores of a Ugandan lake that could help reduce our stress. Scientists recently injected it into stressed-out mice with promising results. The bacterium, called Mycobacterium vaccae, reduces inflammation in the brain, whic

Jul 14th, 2018
MOTIVATING YOURSELF TO EXERCISE WHILE DEPRESSED

You’ve heard it before: Exercise is crucial for mental health. That concept is in the news again now because a recent study found exercise can help prevent heart disease in depressed people. The results aren’t surprising, but they come along with some gre

Jul 1st, 2018
REWRITING TRAUMATIC MEMORIES

Did you know memories can be rewritten? There’s a method of treating post-traumatic stress disorder that attempts to erase or dampen the stressful feelings associated with a traumatic memory. Mental health professionals use a few techniques to do this. W

Jun 27th, 2018
A NEW STORY BEHIND DEPRESSION

One of the most prominent theories about the cause of depression is that it’s the result of serotonin or norepinephrine shortages in the brain. But the thing is, taking drugs that add more of one or both of these chemicals back into the brain doesn’t fix

Jun 20th, 2018
DEPRESSION IN DIABETICS: IT’S ALL ABOUT INFLAMMATION

We’ve known for a long time that people with Type I diabetes are at increased risk for depression. Scientists are now closer to figuring out why. Diabetes (types I and II) and depression have all been linked to inflammation. A new study shows a more spec

Jun 8th, 2018
STUDY: DEPRESSION AGES YOUR BRAIN

We’ve known for years that people with depression are at higher risk for dementia, but a new study shows it’s more than that. Depression causes all kinds of signs of brain aging. A new study looked at depression’s effect on memory loss, executive function

May 25th, 2018
DEPRESSED OR ANXIOUS? CHECK YOUR THYROID

A new study shows more than 40 percent of people diagnosed with depression also suffer from autoimmune thyroiditis, or AIT. The same is true for 30 percent of people diagnosed with anxiety.

May 23rd, 2018
FINDING RELIEF FOR HIGHLY STRESSED TEACHERS

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week this week, and man, do these teachers deserve our appreciation. A recent study found 93 percent of elementary school teachers are highly stressed. That so many endure this stress and continue their work teaching children is

May 3rd, 2018
CAN SMOKING POT LEAD TO SCHIZOPHRENIA?

The simple answer is maybe. There are a number of studies that link marijuana and schizophrenia, but researchers don’t go so far as to say one leads to the other. The most recent study was published at the end of last year. It followed 6,788 people who ex

Apr 30th, 2018
DEPRESSION IN MOTHERS CAN LEAD TO LOWER IQS IN CHILDREN

If you’re a depressed mom, you might not be giving your children everything they need to develop to their full potential. That doesn’t mean you can’t; it just means you’ve got to be aware of the potential pitfalls. A new study followed Chilean mothers and

Apr 30th, 2018
COLLEGE AND MENTAL HEALTH

I read an article this week about college students’ declining mental health and how their schools are responding, and it reinforced my belief that parents and others can do a much better job preparing their kids for the mental and emotional challenges of a

Apr 3rd, 2018
HEALTHY COPING STRATEGIES FOR OCD

When you’re stressed, you can respond in helpful ways or unhelpful ways. Learning early to respond in those helpful ways (“adaptive coping”) can lead to much better mental health down the road. A new study found that obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferer

Apr 1st, 2018
BIGGEST RISK FACTOR FOR DEMENTIA: HEAVY DRINKING

Dementia is a terrible thing to watch, and an even more terrible condition to experience. It is defined as a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. There are things you can do now to prevent later dementia, and a new study s

Mar 22nd, 2018
WATCH FOR DEPRESSION IN GIRLS WHO MATURE EARLY

The younger a girl is when she gets her period, the more likely she is to show symptoms of depression and antisocial behavior. That association lingers into adulthood, a new study finds, with grown women who started their periods early staying more depress

Mar 14th, 2018
POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH: THE SILVER LINING TO THE STRESS

We often hear that personal growth comes from the challenges we face, but this week I read about some researchers who have documented that concept. In the most recent study, scientists interviewed hundreds of survivors of the tornado that rocked Joplin, M

Jan 24th, 2018
BUSINESS TRAVEL LINKED TO BAD MENTAL HEALTH

If you’re traveling for work, keep an eye on your mental health! A recent study found those who travel two weeks or more per month are more likely than those who travel less than that to suffer from anxiety and depression. Additionally, they’re more likel

Jan 21st, 2018
SLEEP TIP: WRITE A TO-DO LIST

If you’re one of those people who can’t fall asleep because tomorrow’s tasks are trampling through your head, consider taking up a simple habit: Spend 5 minutes writing a to-do list before bed every night. Researchers recently assigned a group of people t

Jan 10th, 2018
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

It’s resolution season, and I’ve got one for you: Make a goal to improve your mental health this year. I talk about it ways to do that in this blog often. Here’s a recap of some changes you can make: Exercise more (maybe try rock climbing?) Cut out sugar

Jan 8th, 2018
ALONE TIME BENEFITS MENTAL HEALTH

When it comes to mental health, there’s a difference between being antisocial and being unsociable, a recent study shows. Where antisocial behavior (avoiding social contact because of dislike or anxiety) can be bad for mental health, being unsociable (pre

Dec 7th, 2017
BOTH OBESE AND ANOREXIC WOMEN SHORT ON “FEEL-GOOD” CHEMICAL

If you’re anorexic or obese, there’s a good chance you’re depressed, too. More than 50 percent of anorexic women and 43 percent of obese people suffer from depression. Surprisingly, a new study shows the biochemistry contributing to depression and anxiet

Nov 15th, 2017
SPANKED CHILDREN GROW INTO DEPRESSED ADULTS

My headline overstates it — not all people who were spanked as children grow up to suffer from depression — but a new study shows there is a link. Children who are spanked are more likely than children who are not spanked to feel depressed, attempt suicide

Nov 9th, 2017
FACEBOOK’S MENTAL HEALTH BLOG POST: MY TAKE

We’ve known for years that social media — with Facebook being one of the most prominent platforms — can negatively effect mental health. You probably saw about a week ago that Facebook came out with a blog post about that topic. In the post, the company a

Oct 19th, 2017
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: PUTTING THE STIGMA TO REST

October 10th was World Mental Health Day, and the world took note. Publications across the web published articles and opinion pieces about mental illness, and public figures as well as everyday people spoke up about their own experiences on social media.

Oct 17th, 2017
CHANGING THE BRAIN FOR STRESSFUL SOCIAL SITUATIONS

I never cease to be amazed at how we can physically change our brains with the thoughts and behaviors we choose. This week I read about a study focused on determining how different mental exercises affect our brains and our responses to social stressors.

Oct 4th, 2017
COUNSELING FOR DEPRESSION AND DRINKING

Depression and excessive alcohol drinking can each be debilitating issues. When someone struggles with both — which is common, each leading to the other — treatment is critical. A new study shows depression and harmful drinking can be successfully treated

Oct 1st, 2017
“IMMUNO-NEUROLOGY”: THE FUTURE OF MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT?

The evidence has been building up for years: Inflammation and depression are linked, and treating inflammation can lead to improvement in depression symptoms. It looks like scientists have gotten to the point where the connection is no longer a maybe. He

Sep 27th, 2017
BRAIN REGION FOR “HEARING VOICES” IDENTIFIED

Good news for schizophrenic people who hear voices: Scientists have found the region of the brain involved in the delusion. It’s a specific spot in the temporal lobe, where language originates. Even better, targeting that area with magnetic pulses decreas

Sep 19th, 2017
CLOSE FRIENDSHIPS AS A TEEN MATTER FOR LATER MENTAL HEALTH

A new study shows it’s not the popular teens who are setting themselves up for good mental health later in life; it’s the ones who form close friendships, however few they are. A group of researchers followed 169 teenagers over 10 years. They questioned t

Aug 17th, 2017
STOP APOLOGIZING FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

I read an opinion piece this week that was right on target. Its main point: We need to stop apologizing for our mental health. The author recognizes how far we’ve come in reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness — those living with different conditi

Aug 15th, 2017
CONQUERING ANXIETY WITH EXPOSURE THERAPY

Recently I was talking to a family member about his struggles with anxiety, and I gave him this advice: Do one thing every day that makes you uncomfortable. Even the thought of doing that is distasteful, but the concept is the basis of something called E

Aug 10th, 2017
DEPRESSION: PHYSIOLOGICAL DIFFERENCES IN TEENAGE BOYS AND GIRLS

By the time they hit 15, teenage girls are twice as likely as teenage boys to suffer from depression. This could be because girls tend to think more negatively, dwelling on social and body image stressors. They’re also more likely to have experienced sexu

Jul 24th, 2017
USE THESE FOR BETTER SLEEP

Sleep is so important for your mental health, but 45 percent of Americans say lack of quality sleep regularly affects their daily activities. A possible culprit these days, according to a recent study, is the blue light coming from the screens we all love

Jul 23rd, 2017
CEO’S A+ RESPONSE TO AN EMPLOYEE’S MENTAL HEALTH DAY

In a recent email to her colleagues, a Michigan software developer dealing with depression and anxiety wrote: “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health. Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%.” from businessinsider

Jul 21st, 2017
PROBIOTICS TO TREAT DEPRESSION?

It’s not official yet, but a new study suggests taking probiotics could relieve symptoms of depression. Remember several months ago, when I wrote about the relationship between your gut and your mental health? I recommended changing what you eat to develo

Jul 8th, 2017
PTSD IN CHILDREN TREATABLE WITH A FEW HOURS OF THERAPY

A new study brings good news for young people who have suffered a traumatic experience: Children and adolescents with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can be successfully treated with just a few hours of therapy. Researchers timed the therapy with a stop wat

Jul 6th, 2017
INSTAGRAM THE WORST SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM FOR MENTAL HEALTH

I’ve written before about how social media can be bad for your mental health, but let’s get site specific: Instagram is the worst of the bunch. A new study surveyed 1,479 teens and young adults in the U.K., asking them about how social media affects them

Jun 21st, 2017
LITHIUM FOR DEPRESSION: AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE

There are drugs far more fashionable than Lithium these days: Pharmaceutical companies pay their representatives big money to promote their latest offerings, both with mental health care providers and in advertising. The thing is, I’m not convinced any ne

Jun 13th, 2017
ROCK CLIMBING FOR DEPRESSION

It’s well established that exercise is a great way to relieve depressive symptoms, but there might be some forms of exercise that are better than others. Take bouldering, for example. A recent study showed participating in the sport — which involves clim

Jun 4th, 2017
DIRT: GOOD FOR YOUR DEPRESSED BRAIN

Did you know that simply being around dirt can ease your depressive symptoms? If you’ve found gardening to be a good a stress reliever, this could explain it: Scientists have determined that a bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, activates serotonin-p

May 17th, 2017
PTSD TIED TO GENETIC VULNERABILITY

You’ve probably noticed — not everyone who goes through a traumatic event experiences Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Scientists have noticed, too, and they wondered why that is. After analyzing the DNA of 20,000 people, they found that genes are p

May 11th, 2017
’13 REASONS WHY’: A ROMANTICIZED LOOK AT SUICIDE

About a month ago, Netflix added “13 Reasons Why” to its streaming content, and teens are obsessed. The 13-episode series follows a teenage boy trying to wrap his mind around the suicide of his friend, a teenage girl, as he listens to the 13 tapes she le

May 10th, 2017
THE FUTURE OF DEPRESSION TREATMENT IS IN YOUR BLOOD

I’ve written before about how prescribing medication for depression can be an imprecise science. Often it takes multiple tries before we find the right drug or combination of drugs to send your depression into remission. A study from Dr. Madhukar Trivedi

Apr 28th, 2017
NEWBORN BRAIN SCANS PREDICT DEPRESSION

Does depression change the brain, or are brain abnormalities the cause of depression? There’s a new study out that sheds some light on that question. A group of scientists took their research all the way back to the beginning of life: They scanned the br

Apr 20th, 2017
BRAIN FOG? IT COULD BE A SYMPTOM OF DEPRESSION

When you think of depression, symptoms like sadness, fatigue, and feelings of worthlessness probably come to mind. Another symptom — one with a lower profile than its companions — is impaired cognitive functioning. Some depressed people experience difficu

Apr 14th, 2017
IMPROVING BRAIN FUNCTION

I often see patients whose brain power is not what it used to be. It’s a common tale with mental illness–it can slow down and blur your thoughts. It’s also a common tale with aging, so brain health should be a topic on everyone’s minds. There are supplem

Apr 13th, 2017
TEENS WITH PTSD MISIDENTIFY FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

I read about an interesting finding this week: Teens with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often look at a sad or angry face and see fear. This sheds new light on a disorder tied to heightened threat perception, which can trigger fight-or-flight resp

Apr 13th, 2017
POOR SLEEP? IT COULD BE AFFECTING YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

Ever heard of cognitive reappraisal? It’s where you take a negative thought or experience and recast it in a positive light. (Failed a test? At first maybe you dwell on your shortcomings, but then you “reappraise” and think of it as a chance to see where y

Apr 12th, 2017
PMHCNS OR PMHNP: WORTH THE MONEY?

You have a lot of options when it comes to who to see about your mental health. I want to talk today about the category I fall into: Advanced Practiced Registered Nurses (APRNs), specifically PMHCNSs (Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists) a

Apr 7th, 2017