Archives for August, 2012

Anxiety and Worry

Reframing How To Look At Exercise

One of my patients came in this week in full workout gear, having biked from his home to my office. He smiled and relayed a message he got from a friend who is a psychiatrist: Instead of taking an SSRI-antidepressant, he recommended working out three times a week.

The effects, said the specialist, would be the same in cases of mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

The message concurs...
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General

The Rise Of The Single Woman

It's official. Men are no longer necessary.

That's what lots of media articles have been debating lately. Yesterday's New York Times editorial "Men, Who Needs Them?" (written by a man) is only the last in a series of discussions that celebrates the achievements and strength of womankind.

Women have risen above men when it comes to education, longevity and connectivity. We've...
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Anxiety and Worry

Why Separate Beds Can Improve Your Marriage

Despite all the online manuals about "10 ways improve your night's rest," and so on, sleep is an under-researched topic.  Writer David K. Randall is now trying to close the gap with his new book "Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep."

In one chapter he focuses solely on the strange history of the bed, and how it influences relationships.

Sleep is a highly underestimated factor...
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Anxiety and Worry

Internet Addiction And Loneliness

The use of the internet is pervasive in our culture. So much that the American Psychiatric Association is recommending further research on the condition called "Internet Use Disorder" in the upcoming diagnostic manual DSM V.

The disorder primarily refers to Internet gaming, however, it does include the criteria of "withdrawal symptoms when internet is taken away." Sound familiar?

Addiction is not the only mental health condition that the internet can trigger....
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Anxiety and Worry

The Need Behind The Anger

Anger seems to be on its way to becoming a cultural taboo.

Let me be clear - I'm not advocating for the uninhibited expression of fury and abuse here. Far from it.

But anger is a normal reaction to frustration and unfairness. And it has to be looked at honestly.

Especially in spiritual communities, anger easily becomes a bone of contention. We are supposed to love each other as we love ourselves (which may...
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Anxiety and Worry

Psychoanalysing Batman

I've never really been much into action movies: too loud, too blatant, too simplistic. Or so I thought. Then somehow I got sucked into the new  "Batman" trilogy by director Christopher Nolan.

Probably because of the obvious psychological complexity of its main character.

Batman, AKA Bruce Wayne, lives through the trauma of watching his parents murdered in front of his eyes as a young boy. In order to find some kind of retribution, he becomes a...
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Anxiety and Worry

Finding Your True Self

The quest for who we truly are is as old as humanity. The search for consciousness, meaning and self-analysis dates back to Ancient Egypt where philosophy, spirituality and dream interpretation was thriving.

Mankind was always plagued by self-doubt and the search for a purpose. Who are we really? What is our core? How can we find out what we are about as individuals?

Some of...
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Anxiety and Worry

Perfectionism is a Disease

Perfectionism is a culturally accepted and even desired ideal. We want our children to be perfectly adjusted. We wish our bodies were perfectly shaped. We want to find the ideal soul mate. We expect our athletes in the Olympics to perform perfectly. We want our minds to be absolutely still - at least when we so chose.

There is very little room for failure in our...
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Depression

The Comfort In Art: Vincent Van Gogh’s Desire For Self-Soothing


Vincent Van Gogh was a tortured man. He was angry, paranoid and threw fits. He couldn't hold a job. He was a loner and had no friends. He was alienated from his family, and ended up in the insane asylum. In a psychotic rage, he cut off half his ear.

It is now believed that he suffered from epilepsy, which brought on many of his emotional difficulties.

His relationship with his father was...
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