Dr. Ford: Staying Optimistic—Family, Friendship, and Fashion

May 26, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Optimism has declined—because it is out of fashion, Gregg Easterbrook argues. Why is this, when there are so many ways in which the global outlook is rosier than ever? And, surprisingly, the “decline of the middle class” is a myth.

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Monday Notes From Dr. Pat

May 23, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

When I was in college, I worked at a private psychiatric hospital on the locked ward for women. Many of the patients I worked with on this ward had schizophrenia diagnoses. These women were often in their 20s and 30s, and many were in this locked ward for their first hospitalization after repeated attempts to diagnose and control behaviors in the community setting.

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Schizophrenia: A Lifelong Mental Illness That Extends Beyond the Stereotypes

May 23, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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

There are stories of truly exceptional individuals with schizophrenia — the lawyer and mental health rights activist Elyn Saks and the Nobel Laureate John Nash.

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On the Bright Side: A Day at the Beach

May 23, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Researchers have found correlations between coastal living and better mental health, and have documented that the ocean has many positive effects on health and well-being.

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VIDEO: Pre- or Post-Exercise Stretching Routine

May 21, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

This post is part of our series of Fitness Saturday exercises, workouts, and expert tips appropriate to women in the second half of life. Jonathan Urla, a certified advanced health and fitness specialist, shares a video of stretches and exercises that are perfect for warming up or cooling down.

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Sex Educator Emily Nagoski and the New Science of Sex (Part Two)

May 19, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Psychologists have long known that the mind is the single most important sexual “organ,” and sex educator Emily Nagoski’s book, “Come as You Are,” has very helpful suggestions on how to influence your mind in the direction of more satisfying sex.

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Doctors Who Make House Calls

May 17, 2016 by Deborah Harkins

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By Deborah Harkins

Yes, Virginia, there still are doctors who make house calls. And the care they offer is far more sophisticated than the treatment Kindly Old Doc could provide in bygone days.

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Monday Notes From Dr. Pat

May 16, 2016 by Patricia Allen

Today, Dr. Megan Riddle defines and describes bipolar illness. And, Judith Ross brings us up-to-date on the life of Dominique Browning, who will be the 2016 recipient of Audubon’s Rachel Carson Award on May 17.

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Bipolar Disorder: A Complex Illness That Is Much More Than Mood Swings

May 16, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a serious mental illness that affects about 1 to 3 percent of the population.

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The Benefits of an Exercise Practice Steeped in Routine and Focus

May 14, 2016 by Jonathan Urla, MFA

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By Jonathan Urla, MFA

When practicing how to skillfully master your body, whether through dance, Pilates, yoga, or any intelligent system of exercise, apply a “qualitative” focus. Practice consistently over time and you can truly begin to transform the way you look, feel, and perform.

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The New Normal: Sex Educator Emily Nagoski Explains That It’s All Good (Part One)

May 12, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Context changes how your brain responds to sex. Women have always known that they are sensitive to context, and now scientific research is backing up their anecdotal reports.

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A Note From the Publisher: May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 9, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This one month of Mental Health Awareness helps to increase education, focus on cause and treatment, and encourages evaluation of those with symptoms that can be associated with mental illness.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Condition Affects Significant Number of Women

May 9, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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

In the United States, over 50 percent of women report having experienced at least one traumatic event and, of those, half have experienced multiple traumas.

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On the Bright Side: Exercise—It Takes Only a Minute (Literally) to Improve Fitness

May 9, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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We are constantly bombarded with recommendations about exercise and its benefits. What is the answer for those among us who are not likely to jump into the fitness craze with no reservations?

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Happy Mother’s Day: Grandparents’ 911. . . Continued

May 5, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

My transition into becoming a grandparent was fairly typical, or so I imagined . . . I was unprepared, however, for the outpouring of comments and questions that have accompanied the posts I have written on this topic. Readers’ comments in response to issues in this area have been more numerous than in response to any other on WVFC. Clearly it strikes a nerve.

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