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Spark Your Emotional Recovery with Exercise

Most of us are aware of the physical benefits of exercise. Lower blood pressure,  controlled weight, increased endurance etc. But less well known are the emotional benefits. Decreased anxiety, improved sleep, greater self-confidence  and a renewed appreciation for the natural world are also attainable. Our concept of time can change as well as a 30 […]

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How to Deal with Depression during Pregnancy: The Dilemma of Medication and Emotional Balance

With new life on the way, pregnancy is supposed to be a joyous time for women. For many women, it is. But some women find themselves depressed during pregnancy, and that can make them confused, anxious and even ashamed. Complicated medical issues arise when a pregnant woman suffers from depression. Women face troubling choices because […]

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Baby Boomers and Elderly Increasingly At Risk for Depression and Suicide

Baby Boomers and Elderly Increasingly At Risk for Depression and Suicide

Facing multiple losses of loved ones and decreasing ability to be independent, the elderly face an increasing risk of depression and suicidal thoughts, with baby boomers next in line. Dan Reidenberg, executive director of SAVE, or Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, and chair of the American Association for Psychotherapy, spoke with journalist Rhonda Miller during […]

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Control: The Anti-Happy

I recently read this passage in Pema Chodron’s “When Things Fall Apart” and couldn’t help but see myself, and many of my clients, needing the lesson in Pema’s words: “We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of […]

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The Healing Power of Music: Marika Takeuchi

Healing, personal growth and freedom from pain and suffering comes from many sources. As might seem obvious, as therapists, the most common answer that we hear to the question, “What brings you into therapy?” is the answer, “I want to feel better.” People come for a wide range of reasons. Some come seeking a specific […]

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The Truth about Self-Harm

I have seen many female adolescent clients who admit that they cut themselves. To most people, self-harm sounds very scary, maybe weird, or even “crazy.” For my clients, it was often the first time they had spoken about it with anyone. Understandably, they feared others’ judgment. When their parents or guardians discovered what they were […]

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Depression and Your Diet

  Depression and Your Diet The adages are well worn and cliché…’you are what you eat, an apple a day keeps the doctor away’…but now there is strong evidence to suggest that eating healthy foods benefits both the body and mind.  The Mediterranean diet has been widely supported as heart healthy but there is strong […]

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Stress vs. Anxiety Disorders

Coping with everyday worries is part of life, at times annoying and distracting, but something millions contend with as they move through the rhythm of work, family and activity. Stress and worry can be positive when they help motivate us to achieve goals, meet deadlines, and prepare for future events.  However, when the stress response […]

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Cyclothymia or Bipolar 3 Disorder

            Cyclothymia, also known as Bipolar disorder type 3, is a mood disorder, and a relative of the widely recognized bipolar disorder.   It’s often misunderstood or misdiagnosed as clinical depression and not readily distinguished from Bipolar 1 and 2.  Cyclothymia causes disruptive, involuntary mood swings as in bipolar 1 and […]

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Generation Sandwich: Pressed and stressed

              If you are between the ages of 40 and 60, you’ve likely found yourself compressed between the competing demands of your dependent children and elderly parents.  The term Sandwich Generation is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a generation of people who are caring for their aging parents […]

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