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Archives for January, 2014


Betrayal In A Marriage (Could It Be Killing Yours?)

You married your spouse because he or she was "the one", your other half, your soul-mate.

While you and your spouse would never dream being unfaithful, subtler types of betrayal do exist, many of which do damage in both the short and long term.

Betrayal is almost always a core emotional component of marital disputes. Let's talk about what betrayal (not physical infidelity) in a marriage can look and feel like to the one who feels betrayed.  ...
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Why Aren’t Therapists Prescribing Exercise For Depression?

Should therapists be "prescribing" exercise for patients with mild to moderate depression*?

We've known for a while that exercise increases endorphins and the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (which may improve mood) and improves overall well-being. It also boosts the immune system and helps people feel good about their bodies.

In 2011, a study showed that exercise worked as well or better than drugs in treating depression in some cases. Another study, cited by Harvard News, showed that individuals with depression who...
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How To Survive A Broken Heart

A few years ago we blogged about Dr. John Kennedy, who's book, The 15 Minute Heart Cure discusses the very real phenomenon of broken-heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy and takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Although the symptoms may be similar, broken-heart syndrome is not the same as a heart attack. In a heart attack, blocked arteries are usually present. In stress-induced cardiomyopathy (broken-heart syndrome), a part of the heart swells up or enlarges, and the...
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Vitamin “S” Prevents Depression

A God In Therapy

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could pop a vitamin and stave off depression? Research shows that supplements ranging from fish oil to Vitamin B12 may be helpful to depression, but what ultimately emerges from such studies is the fact that there isn't one magic bullet.

A more holistic approach, using a combination of therapies in a personalized treatment plan for each individual, is what we recommend. Talk therapy using...
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The Healing Kabbalah Of The New Year Of The Trees

A God in Therapy Post
It starts at sunset tonight, Wednesday, January 16, and lasts through Thursday evening. It's one of our favorite holidays. And you've probably never heard of it.
Tu B'Shvat is the New Year of the Trees and it's one of four Jewish New Year observances. And this one is pure delight.
It also has a particular relevance for those who find the dark of winter depressing,...
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Loneliness, Grief and Gaining Perspective Through Poetry

More poetry, this time by poets of an earlier era on: Loneliness, Grief, Perspective 1, Perspective 2. (See Emotional Healing and Poetry, too.)

Loneliness by Emma Lazarus

All stupor of surprise hath passed away;
She sees, with clearer vision than before,
A world far off of light and laughter gay,
Herself alone and lonely evermore.
Folk come and go, and reach her in no wise,
Mere flitting phantoms to her heavy eyes.
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Emotional Healing And The Power Of Poetry

Portrait of Dr. Gache by Vincent Van Gogh

While music may be beneficial in cases of depression, anxiety, and even anger, poetry is music's not-as-widely-used, but still valuable, cousin.

Some of us are more visual people—a great work of art or a beautiful mountain can be balm for our spirits.

Most people, even those who are not particularly aural learners or sensitive to sounds respond to music's sublime...
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Let’s Copy The Brits And Have A “Dry” January

A UK liver specialist, Dr. Rajiv Jalan from University College, London, told BBC news that taking a break from even moderate drinking of alcohol can not only help your liver, it may also help you shed pounds, sleep better, lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Erratic, elevated blood sugar levels (especially diabetes) have been linked to signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
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