We all need someone to lean on, especially when we’re in crisis. In a poll conducted by Elements Behavioral Health, a network of addiction treatment centers, people in recovery were asked: “Who loved you enough to help you recover from addiction, and what did they do to help?”
By Stacey Colino Just as developing strength and agility is crucial for physical fitness, the same is true for emotional fitness. In our culture, the strength part of the psychological equation is well understood, given that it’s often equated with having good coping skills and emotional resilience. But the perks of having emotional agility are not as widely appreciated. In her new book, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life (Avery, 2016), Susan David, PhD, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, defines emotional agility as “being flexible with your thoughts and feelings so that you can respond optimally to everyday situations.”
Non-rapid eye movement sleep arousal disorders are a pair of conditions listed in the newest edition of the mental health professionals’ guidebook called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as DSM 5). The two disorders—called sleepwalking disorder and sleep terror disorder—are grouped together because they both feature unusually aroused or agitated states of mind that occur during a part of the nightly sleep cycle called non-rapid eye movement sleep. The American Psychiatric Association, creator of DSM 5, views these conditions as mental health concerns because of their potential to degrade the waking psychological function of affected individuals.
I’m approaching what I call my one-year “cardio-versary.” On June 12, 2014, I experienced the cumulative effects of stress on my cardiac muscle, which led to a fully occluded artery. I joined the more than 43 million women affected by heart disease each year.
New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that women who have certain mental reactions to monthly menstruation may have increased chances of developing a premenstrual disorder, including the mood disorder known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
After an agonizing (for the food industry) three-year wait, the FDA finally announced its new calorie labeling standards on Nov. 25, 2014 and many of the retailers affected by these requirements aren’t feeling very thankful for this change. While everyone knew change was coming, no one guessed how sweeping and comprehensive the FDA’s mandate would turn out to be, as few business that serve food for immediate consumption were able to escape its calorie counting “wrath.”
Safety is a big deal in the automotive industry, and crash test dummies are getting heavier as a result. Obesity in America has created a need for larger crash test dummies to reduce the risk of death for overweight automobile drivers and passengers. Instead of being a svelte 170 pounds, the company that makes crash test dummies has upped its game—and the caloric intake. Some dummies now weigh more than 270 pounds, with bigger midsections to reflect America’s growing waistline. They still provide the same information such as measuring belt and airbag loads, but show the differences between fit and heavyset when jettisoned into an object. Some of the newer models of crash test dummies, which can cost as much as $500,000, have more than 130 channels of information.
Commuting is a daily chore that you probably don’t give much thought — but maybe you should starting thinking about it. The average commute for an American worker is 25 minutes each way, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s roughly eight and a half days per year spent getting to and from work.
You know that getting too little exercise is bad for your health. What you might not realize is that sitting too much in itself, even if you never miss a daily workout, carries significant health risks. Research shows that spending hour upon hour in a chair is associated with an increased risk for: Obesity Cardiovascular disease Diabetes Colon and endometrial cancer Back and neck aches Premature death
Vascular neurocognitive disorder is a condition characterized by disruptions in the brain’s blood supply that lead to impairment of one or more aspects of a person’s conscious brain functions. The American Psychiatric Association includes this condition in the new fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a replacement for a condition previously identified as vascular dementia. The degree of impairment associated with vascular neurocognitive disorder can vary considerably. Some affected individuals retain enough mental function to maintain their everyday lives, while others lose much of their mental function and become dependent on some form of assistance for their daily well-being.
From the brilliant color of turning leaves to the enticing aroma of pumpkin muffins, there’s a lot to love about fall. Yet the season brings its share of health challenges as well. Some — such as those bags of mini candy bars that never make it to Halloween — are obvious. Others are a bit sneakier. Below are some often overlooked health risks that should be on your radar.
More than 90 percent of the world’s population consumes caffeine in one form or another, statistics show. In the United States, about 80 percent of all adults ingest caffeine through food, drink or medicine on a daily basis. This moderately powerful stimulant generates increased activity in the central nervous system, lifting energy, improving mood and possibly boosting a person’s ability to focus and concentrate. In addition, there is evidence to suggest that caffeine can help increase longevity and reduce cognitive decline.
Treadmill Desks Help Offset a Sedentary Lifestyle Treadmill desks, also known as treadmill workstations, are devices that allow an individual to exercise while still performing office tasks typically accomplished while seated at a traditional desk. In a study published in February 2014 in the journal PLOS One, researchers from four U.S. institutions assessed the effectiveness of using a treadmill desk in an everyday office environment. These researchers found that regular use of this type of desk can substantially improve office workers’ baseline level of physical activity while simultaneously contributing to increases in office productivity.
What is the right amount of sex for a couple to be having? How little is too little and how much it too much? Embedded in these questions are deeper concerns regarding the general health of one’s sex life and the emotional health of the relationship. However, while frequency of sex is one way to objectively measure an aspect of one’s relationship, there isn’t a particular number that will indicate that your sex life or your relationship is healthy and functional or guaranteed to last. General statistics suggest that an average of once a week, or 58 times a year, is more or less the norm, though these numbers also include couples at the far end of the age range when sex is typically less frequent. But statistical averages or “norms” don’t necessarily diagnose what is and is not normal.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced steps that would ban trans fat, the unhealthy preservative in processed foods such as chips, crackers and microwave popcorn, effectively ridding it from the American food supply. Eliminating the ingredient, added to extend a product’s shelf life but packing the worst fat for heart health, is expected to prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths, the FDA said on its website. Heart disease is the country’s No. 1 cause of death.
Who doesn’t sometimes crave high-fat, sugary-sweet or otherwise calorie-laden food? The desire to stuff our faces with something decidedly unhealthy for us takes on even more risk when the habit becomes more pronounced, when there are other health concerns, such as diabetes, or we’re already addicted to food, alcohol or drugs (or all of these). While there is no definitive proof that drawing pictures of unhealthy food that consumes our thoughts, a new study shows that such an exercise may help reduce the urge to eat that pizza, hot fudge sundae or one-pound burger with cheese and fries. And not only that, either. The results of this study point to respondents feeling somewhat satisfied afterward – even though they didn’t take an actual bite of the forbidden (or unhealthy) food.
Individuals who struggle with a mental disorder are at an increased risk for multiple other conditions, including additional mental health issues substance use disorders. A recent report from the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health indicates that much of the cigarette consumption in the United States is by those who have a mental disorder. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a tool used by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to gather information about substance use and other health issues among Americans. The results are used to provide guidance for the development of policies relating to drug use prevention, intervention and education.
Circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by some sort of problem with the timing of the body’s circadian rhythm, which establishes the basic day/night cycle that governs sleep. Several different types of these disorders are officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), a professional organization that plays a central role in defining the mental illnesses diagnosed by doctors across the US. In May 2013, the APA added several conditions to the list of circadian rhythm-related disorders; it also eliminated one condition from this list. Circadian Rhythm Basics Your internal circadian rhythm controls the normal times of day during which you feel sleepy or awake, the National Sleep Foundation explains. It does this by working in concert with parts of the brain
In recent years, there has been much discussion and debate about the supposed ability of calorie-restricted diets to improve health and extend lifespan. Unfortunately this idea can be hard to evaluate scientifically, since carrying out a controlled study in human beings to chart the lifetime health effects of reduced caloric intake would require decades of monitoring before comprehensive and compelling results could be produced. Theoretically such a study would be possible, but it would not be able to tell us anything until far into the future, which would make it exceedingly difficult for such a project to secure adequate funding from either private or public sources.
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