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Some Stress Can Be Good for You
Think of a time when you experienced a stress -provoking incident. Perhaps you were in a car accident, or had to give a speech in front of a large audience. Did your heart begin to pound Did your breathing rate increase Perhaps your muscles tensed up or you started to perspire. These changes are the response of the sympathetic nervous system. A stressful situation can trigger our bodies to release stress hormones causing hormonal and physiological changes. ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love
It is my great pleasure to acknowledge and appreciate a trailblazer in the sleep health field, Neil B. Kavey, M.D. He founded Columbia University Medical Center New York Presbyterian Hospital s CUMC NYPH Sleep Disorders Center in 1975 and served as its director for over 35 years. He also happens to have been my sleep doctor and greatly responsible for my recovery from sleepwalking and night terrors also called sleep terrors . When Kavey was a young physici ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
Are You Giving Yourself the Level of Self-Care You Deserve?
One early morning while sucking down my coffee like it was oxygen, I looked out of my kitchen window, down into the courtyard of the apartment building across the way. I noticed a man placing a box with a small plant into the sunlight. At first, I assumed he was doing some gardening. But then noticed he left the box in the sunlight and had walked away. Upon further examination AKA not minding my own business and staring out the window , I saw that the smal ...
Psychology Today - Sat. Sep 9
Number of Europeans exposed to secondhand smoke at work rising to more than 1 ...
Milan, Italy More than one in four of people who work indoors are being exposed to second-hand smoke at work, according to new research to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017 on Sunday. The study by researchers at Imperial College London, UK, looked at all 28 countries currently in the European Union EU , the majority of which have introduced smoke-free legislation to protect workers from second-hand smoke. Although ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 9
Study on climate change shows how cities can prioritize public health
WASHINGTON, DC September 8, 2017 --The record flooding still devastating southeastern Texas and the ominous approach of Hurricane Irma offer a stark reminder in the importance of advance planning for the impacts of climate change. The reality of climate change is ever present and growing, says Sabrina McCormick , PhD, an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington Univers ...
EurekAlert - Sat. Sep 9
Science Reveals a Silver Lining to Dark Behaviors
For psychological scientists, exploring the less pleasant aspects of individual and social nature is an occasional necessity. The nasty, mean, and dark aspects of human behavior, thought, and emotion need exploring as much as the kind and bright aspects do. Painting a phenomenon as all bad or all good risks limiting the questions we ask about it. It is valuable to know, for instance, why aggression can sometimes feel good. Learning about the ways that chil ...
Psychological Science - Sat. Sep 9
The Contamination of Motherhood?
Motherhood has been the subject of scholarly and creative writing for centuries. There is much written on the demands, the exhilaration, the drama, and the formidable task of adjusting to the onslaught of challenges. Along with the joys that accompany the transition to this major event in a woman s life, motherhood may also be a stressful experience that generates intense anxiety and pervasive feelings of incompetence and loneliness . Still, only recently ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Sep 8
Are Your Food Cravings Genetic?
The other day I was marveling to my husband about how different our daughters body types and appetites are. Our eldest takes after me with blond hair, green eyes, and a naturally athletic-slash-zaftig shape. She s sensitive, artistic, tidy, big-hearted... and she loves bread more than Oprah does. Our youngest takes after her dad s side of the family and is long and lithe, with bobbed brunette hair and skinny toes. She s silly, messy, and mischievous and ea ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Sep 8
Traumatic Deliveries
We have all heard of postpartum depression , but were you aware that postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD is a thing Roughly 2-6 or women will develop PTSD after delivering their child. That s right, the same condition that affects combat soldiers and victims of violent attacks can also mar the fourth trimester. PTSD can be conceptualized by four groups of symptoms avoidance, intrusion, cognition , and mood. Avoidance symptoms include evading ext ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Sep 8
When Should Journalists Put Down the Mic and Lend Aid?
Broadcast news segments last week of journalists setting down their microphones to assist Hurricane Harvey victims raised anew questions of when doing so is appropriate. Most journalists are loathe to become part of the story they re covering, and for good reason adhering to the role of impartial observer is usually a critical component of the notion of journalistic credibility. Bearing witness is a moral imperative deeply embedded in journalistic DNA. And ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Sep 8
Want To Feel More Upbeat? Here Are 8 Natural Antidepressants
The following excerpt from my recently-released book, Prescriptions Without P ills , suggests 8 ways to brighten your mood when you are feeling down. Use one or more of the 8 as needed. Use them on their own for mild low moods. Use them liberally in conjunction with meds and or therapy for a more serious depressive episode. Rx 2.6 Strengthen yourself with AGGRESS-N, 8 natural antidepressants. AGGRESS-N is my acronym for eight re-energizing factors. Use the ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Sep 8
3 Times a Mental Health Day Could Do More Harm Than Good
The subject of mental health days has been a hot topic ever since Madalyn Parker s story went viral. When Parker told her co-workers she needed to take a few days off to care for her mental health, her supervisor commended her for helping break down the stigma associated with mental illness. Since many supervisors wouldn t have had such a positive reaction to an employee taking a mental health day, the story has gone viral. And it s led to a lot of discuss ...
Psychology Today - Fri. Sep 8
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