mental health

Social Rejection: It Really Hurts

October 22, 2013

Ask anyone who lacked athletic skills or popularity as a child how they felt when it came time to pick teams in gym class, and they’ll tell you it hurt to be picked last. But what exactly “hurts” in this situation? It’s not a pain that resonates from a single area of the body, like […]

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Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder – Longer Lasting Results with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

October 15, 2013

Fall is upon us. As we continue into mid- October,  the temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter. While some people revel in the changing fall colors, apple picking, and pumpkin carving, others experience a shift in mood consistent with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression experienced during the […]

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Mindfulness Running

October 8, 2013

I have a hard time quieting my mind enough to  meditate. I have a million thoughts coursing through my head that seem to intensify the moment I sit down, close my eyes, and try to banish them. But as a long-time competitive runner, I often experience mental peace during a long run. It used to […]

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Fasting for Mental Health: Does it Work?

April 10, 2013

Did you eat breakfast today? How about last night? Probably you had dinner too? Great! As a nutritionist I am always ready to tell you not to skip meals. Lately, however, I’ve been considering just the opposite. I’m talking about deliberately avoiding food through fasting. This ancient practice has been revered for ages as a […]

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Buried Alive: Hoarding As a Mental Disorder

March 30, 2013

Here’s a question for you: When was the last time you gave your inbox a deep clean?Or, unsubscribed from the several mailing lists that you’ve stopped checking. Although I try to make the ‘tough’ decisions to keep mine organized, after a while, it can be easy to come up with an excuse to not hit […]

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Zombie by Day, Owl by Night–Why sleeping preference may be problematic for your waistline.

February 19, 2013

Ever wonder where the terms lark and night owl came from? If you were to ask someone whether or not they would prefer to wake up at 6 AM, it’s likely they will answer with a definitive yes or no. This difference in sleep preference has to do with what scientists call our biological clock. […]

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Broken Hearts: More Than Just A Metaphor

February 13, 2013

If you have read MTSG this week then you certainly won’t forget that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! But for some, the trappings of the holiday are no more than a reminder of a broken heart. It’s safe to say that nearly everyone has felt a broken heart in their life be it from lost love, […]

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Adventures in Dysfunction: The ADHD Brain

November 1, 2012

In general, organization is not a word that many people would associate with me.  I am the first to admit that I can be, to put it mildly, a bit scatterbrained. On a daily basis, my attempt to keep up with the various tasks feels rather Sisyphean; never ending, and not something I’m likely to succeed […]

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Interior design: an overlooked health promotion strategy

October 5, 2012

The retail world has figured out what store layout makes us spend the most money. Corporate America has discovered what lighting tint optimizes worker productivity. Healthcare systems have learned that noise reduction improves patient comfort and care. But the truth is that we don’t need to be sick or shopping or slaving away at work […]

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Mood Rings: Using Text Messages to Treat Depression

March 14, 2012

Mood monitoring is an important tool that clinicians use to diagnose and treat depression. Traditional mood monitoring involves the ancient art of pen-and-paper to chart the patient’s mood on a daily basis. This diary method has its flaws, however. Patients suffering from depression often have a lack of motivation to complete tasks, so filling out […]

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Grandma Was Right: The Link Between Screen Time and Health

February 21, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t think we give Grandma enough credit.  She seems to be at least 50 years ahead of science when it comes to issues surrounding our health: vegetables and now TV?  Researchers studying kids have discovered screen time is associated with psychological difficulties.  Way to be Grandma, TV […]

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To have this happen to me in my job as a soldier: U.S. Veterans and Military-related Sexual Trauma

February 3, 2012

“Going through a sexual assault is bad enough. Then to have this happen to me in my job as a soldier; it was really difficult because what happened to the unit support? Your fellow soldiers are supposed to have your back.” – Make the Connection I struggled while writing this post because I was trying […]

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