Mental Wellness: Steps for Establishing Routines to Nurture Your Mental Health

May 2, 2016 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, M.D., Ph.D.


May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. What’s in your mental wellness routine?

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Need Motivation to Exercise — Get Specific

April 30, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA


The creators of the new National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) decided that people should stop thinking of exercise, and instead think of moving around more. That’s nice, however telling people that any physical activity counts for exercise makes people think that everyday living is exercise.

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Post-Traumatic Growth: New Life After the Harshest Winter

April 28, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Is trauma always devastating, leaving lasting scars that never heal and incapacitating us ever after?

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On the Bright Side: NEW HABITS—Small Steps/Big Changes

April 27, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Letting Go

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Everything can be reduced to simple steps, but even the more stubborn, complex habits that have a component of physical addiction, such as alcoholism or drug abuse, can be battled using some of these principles.

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Why It May Be Good for You to Go to Your School Reunion

April 25, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Don’t make the mistake of failing to adjust your perspective to current reality. You may have aged, but then so have your classmates. They will not be seeing you through the same eyes they used in high school (thank god!).

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Midlife Suicide Rates Increasing for Women

April 25, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

While the rate of suicide increased for both men and women, women saw a staggering 45 percent increase overall. For middle-aged women, suicide remains among the top 10 leading causes of death.

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What’s Age Got to Do With It? Workouts for Women Over 40

April 23, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA


By Jonathan Urla, MFA

Age is not the primary factor in the choice of an exercise. The level of fitness and flexibility, absence of injury, and experience with the type of exercise are much more important.

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Yes, Your Pet Is Really Smart

April 21, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Poodle people

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

As a dog owner, I am frequently impressed by their human-like responses to distress, anger, or excitement. Sometimes their intelligence seems superior, if not extrasensory.

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Understanding Somatic Symptom Disorder

April 18, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.


By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Somatic symptom disorder is extremely challenging to deal with for the patient, her family, and her medical providers. While we believe these are driven in no small part by psychological factors, the physical feelings experienced by the individual are real and can be quite disabling.

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Stretching With A Yoga Strap

April 16, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

yoga strap stretch

By Jonathan Urla, MFA

There is nothing like giving your body a good stretch. However, sometimes it is not easy to stretch your muscles adequately or safely just by holding different positions. This is why I teach all my clients how to use a yoga strap to give themselves a full and safe stretch.

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Siblings: Life’s Longest Relationship

April 14, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The bond between brothers and sisters offers the joy of shared history, understanding, and support that can be a great pleasure and asset if treated with respect and care.

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Book Review: On Recovering from Sibling Rivalry

April 14, 2016 by Stacia Friedman


By Stacia Friedman

“I had an older brother, but he was never a brother to me,” Jeanne Safer writes. “We spent our childhoods at the same address with the same biological parents, ate dinner at the same table every night, and even shared a room for a few years at first, although we never shared a single confidence while we occupied it.”

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On the Bright Side: Three Kinds of Advice You Can Safely Ignore

April 11, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the most popular buzz words is “mindful.” This word is almost everywhere these days, so much so that it is becoming meaningless. I almost lost my own mind when I saw a sign in a clothing store the other day claiming they were “mindful” of the origin of the seeds of the plants their fabrics came from.

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Your Skin Could Use a Spring Cleaning (Dr. Pat Consults)

April 11, 2016 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.


By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

Incorporating new products adapted to your skin’s constantly developing needs is essential in order to deal with shifts in climate, sun exposure, and external aggressors. Here’s a review of some new technologies that will leave you looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

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The Hiking Advantage

April 9, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA


By Jonathan Urla, MFA

The incline part of hiking is what makes it a great exercise and gives the heart and legs a powerful workout.

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