Category: Brain Health

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Creativity: Emerging from the Safe Mode

We marvel at how well-known artists, writers, and musicians can generate new works of art, books, and songs. Somehow, they emerged from anonymity, cultivating a process that balances skillful creativity with letting go of one project and moving on to another. Jazz musicians call their seemingly rehearsed improvisational […]

EMDR: Its History and Effectiveness

EMDR was born of serendipity. As a survivor in the human condition, there is a frequent dance with stress or anxiety. Some individuals can overcome it more easily than others. As neuroscience instructs us, we can emerge from cyclical thought patterns. The search for ways we can improve […]

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Social Media & Mental Health: Taking Back Your Time

Our time is precious. We often do not realize how quickly it goes as we live it. The way we spend our time can influence our health. Enter social media. It might be common behavior to pass “in between” time – a busy doctor’s waiting room or waiting […]

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The Evolution of the Approach to Mental Health: Towards a More Preventive Strategy

The pandemic has given us a lot to think about regarding mental health. Already on an incline, the rates of depression and anxiety have increased over the last few years.

Psychiatry is on the reactive side of mental health, addressing issues as people present with more serious conditions.

The ACEs study showed an association of trauma with mental and physical health impacts. Envisioning preventive strategies could start at the pregnancy, address parenting approaches, and enhance community and scholastic programs.

Medications have limited efficacy. A multi-pronged preventive approach will likely be the most effective.

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Does Exercise Improve Mental Health?

From an early age, we are taught how regular exercise can positively impact our bodies, increase our muscle mass, lower our blood pressure, boost our energy, minimize our risk of disease, and improve practically every aspect of our physical health. But what about other aspects, such as mental […]

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What are the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain?

What is an evidence-based way to address chronic musculoskeletal pain without medications? Short answer: A Multi-Pronged Approach Including Movement, Stress Management, Low Carbohydrate Diet, Optimal Weight, and Optimal Sleep Introduction: What is the Burden of Chronic Pain? We carry through life the sum-total of trauma to our brains […]

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