Archives for November, 2011

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How Exercise Impacts Your Mental Health

Most people living in a modern world understand that regular exercise is beneficial to physical health.  And many people recognize that exercise makes them “feel better.”

In fact, incorporating exercise into a sedentary lifestyle can have significant physical and mental health benefits. Exercise is healthy, inexpensive and, according to Roger Walsh in the October 2011 issue of The American Psychologist, underused to treat psychiatric disorders.  In his review, Walsh found that exercise reduces the risk...
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How Your Lifestyle Impacts Your Mental Health

Unhealthy lifestyles contribute to multiple psychopathologies, according to an article in the October issue of The American Psychologist.

Cardiovascular disorders, obesity, diabetes and cancer are strongly determined by lifestyle.  Smoking, physical activity, alcohol intake and diet have a major impact on physical health and the development of disease.  Lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise and overeating are increasing to such an extent that the World Health Organization has warned that “globesity”—a global epidemic...
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Depression

4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season

Although the holidays can be a time of happiness and joy, they can also come with a multitude of stressors.  Finances are often a stressor during the holidays, particularly for parents.  Memories of loved ones we’ve lost, a demanding schedule of activities and being alone can all increase feelings of stress at this time of year.

When you’re likely to be faced with a multitude of stressors, it can be helpful to implement...
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General

Coming to Terms with a Mother with BPD: An Interview with Kathy Ewing

“I never understood why my mother, who died in 1993, was so unhappy;” author Kathy Ewing writes in a description of her memoir Missing: Coming to Terms with a Borderline Mother, “why she wanted to be the unluckiest, poorest person in the room; why she was so closed off, so harsh, so absent. I wanted to understand her and hoped ultimately to forgive her.”

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, of the adult...
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