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Napping for workplace productivity

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 01:47:31 +0000

If you’re anything like me, you constantly have to suppress the urge to put your head down on your desk and take a mid-afternoon nap at work. Well, a new article published in Psychology News Today says that perhaps a short nap can be beneficial […]

Therapy with Animals: Not Just a Cats and Dogs Game

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 03:00:31 +0000

If you suffer from a mental disorder maybe you’d feel more at ease at home — home on the range. At least that’s what a new study out of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences supports. To assess the benefits of Green care, the researchers […]

Overly preoccupied with health food?

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:47:18 +0000

In this day and age when we are completely obsessed with putting labels on everyone, even eating healthy can be considered a disorder. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, the disorder orthorexic is described as “an emerging eating disorder marked by extreme devotion […]

Big Bellies linked to the development of dementia

Mon, 07 Apr 2008 01:35:48 +0000

We’ve long heard that being overweight can put you at risk for a multitude of physical ailments such as heart disease and diabetes, however, a recent article in the NY Times reports that being overweight, especially in the midsection, puts a person at a greater […]

37% of Americans report being bullied on the job

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:25:37 +0000

According to research by Zogby International, 37% of the American workforce experiences bullying on the job. Further, according to the NY Times, the common workplace bully is much more subtle than “the playground” bully, which makes it difficult for the person being bullied to report […]

Chronic Insomnia linked to psychological problems in adolescents

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 17:20:59 +0000

A recent study by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston concludes that chronic sleeplessness in adolescents is linked to many health problems, including those of a psychological nature. The study involved interviews with 3,134, 11 to 17 year old kids. More than […]

Alaska settles for $15 million from Lilly in Zyprexa suit

Sun, 30 Mar 2008 16:20:24 +0000

For several weeks, the state of Alaska has been battling the maker of Zyprexa, Lilly, for Medicaid bills incurred when patients taking the drug for Schizophrenia developed diabetes. The NY Times reported on Friday that the $15 million is only “a fraction of the hundreds […]

New social networking for the ill dubbed “Myspace for the afflicted”

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 03:19:23 +0000

A new social networking site looks a lot like Myspace, but is specifically designed for people suffering from major medical problems. I found the site,, after reading an article critiquing the site, by New York Times writer, Thomas Goetz. Goetz writes about one man […]

Effective therapy requires collaboration between therapist and patient

Mon, 17 Mar 2008 01:37:25 +0000

While it’s true that therapy can be an effective treatment for many different mental health problems, it’s also true that in order for someone to reap the full benefits of therapy, collaboration between the therapist and the patient is necessary. An article posted on Medical […]

Gender may determine whether or not a certain amount of anxiety is beneficial

Sun, 16 Mar 2008 16:16:14 +0000

Anyone who works as much as I do has to have some level of anxiety to keep on going. If I wasn’t worried about getting everything done, keeping a tight schedule and maintaining a clean and organized home, then probably I would be slacking-off, sitting […]

Over 60 and over mall walking?

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 02:10:37 +0000

Over the past year, I’ve written a few posts on Alzheimer’s and dementia in general, touting the benefits of both physical and mental exercises for delaying the progression of this horrible illness. However, short of mall-walking or shuffle board and playing chess, what can the […]

Professor from UCLA speaks openly about her experience with schizophrenia

Sun, 09 Mar 2008 15:42:27 +0000

Elyn Saks, a professor from UCLA, speaks candidly about her experience with schizophrenia throughout her childhood, as a student at Vanderbilt, Oxford and Yale, and her career. Saks said she had “nice enough” parents and a reasonably normal childhood, but she started having phobias, night […]

New combination eating disorder and bring drinking problem; Drunkorexia?

Mon, 03 Mar 2008 01:49:58 +0000

No, it’s not a medical term, but with the widespread acceptance of alcohol and drug use and societal pressures to maintain a thin physique, drunkorexia may be the next big “trendy” disorder. A New York Times article titled “Starving Themselves, Cocktail in Hand” reports on […]

Mentally and Physically stimulating environments delay dementia

Mon, 25 Feb 2008 01:51:29 +0000

I’ve been reading a lot of articles in the past couple of years supporting mental exercises to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. However, today I came across a study which states that physical exercise is also beneficial to delay onset of dementia, which is a […]

Depressed? Anxious? Addicted? Try Ear Seeds

Thu, 21 Feb 2008 12:44:25 +0000

The practice of acupuncture is believed to have been developed in China and has been around for centuries to treat many common physical ailments. Recently though, acupuncture has been gaining momentum in mental health applications as well. A New York Times article reports that acupuncture […]