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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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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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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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 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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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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On the Bright Side: Making a Relationship Work When Your Partner Can’t Change

May 4, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can you tell the difference between a problem that’s amenable to direct intervention and one that may require a different approach?

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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.

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By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S.

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

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Post-Traumatic Growth: New Life After the Harshest Winter

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

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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.

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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.

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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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