Twinkle lights, snowmen, menorahs, trimmed trees, presents, and some of the greatest movies ever made–‘tis the season. Unfortunately, the holidays also bring stress and, for many, relapses and triggers for mental health issues, including eating disorders. Even the most balanced of people feel the anxiety of the holidays creeping up on them as they start gearing up for the season. Eating disorders in particular can be triggered, not only by the stress and anxiety of the season, but also by all of the focus on food (and holiday weight gain) at so many holiday events. More
A new study analyzing what happens to your brain when you eat fatty food confirmed that not only are donuts and fries not great for your arteries; they’re also not the best brain food, either. They found that junk food actually changes your brain, spiking certain chemicals and and possibly causing symptoms of anxiety and depression. And the worst part is that cutting yourself off from fatty food can also cause withdrawal. More
The holidays are here, and for some of us, that doesn’t always evoke merriment and visions of sugar plums. In fact, holiday depression can occur, leaving us tired, irritable and anything less than festive. To find out why–and how to overcome these blues–we talked with psychologist and author of Living With Depression Dr. Deborah Serani, a go-to expert on the subject of depression. More
I come from a long line of seriously stressed-out people. All of us get terrible anxiety regularly, but holidays are the absolute worst. From the cooking to the cleaning to the buying, this weekend can go from being able family and relaxation to entirely revolving around not imploding from stress. However, since I’ve been dealing with this issue for the majority of my life, I have a couple of tips for fellow stressers that might help carry you through this weekend, as well as give some reminders on what this holiday is really about. More
Energy drinks are bad news. Not only have they been linked to deaths and other physical dangers, but heavily caffeinated drinks like Red Bull, Monster and Full Throttle can also affect our mental health, including increasing our risk for depression and anxiety, according to certified clinical nutritionist, speaker and author who has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show and NPR, Dr. Kaayla Daniel. Energy drinks, she says, are risky and dangerous for our mental health. Find out why: More
Everyone gets cravings that they know they shouldn’t indulge. But what if the food that you couldn’t stop fantasizing about wasn’t food at all? That’s what one woman (and countless others) experienced. It’s called pica, and it can cause an uunusual and even dangerous appetite for non-food items, like chalk, drywall, and even paint chips. More
Even though a reported 20% of the American population is now on mental health drugs, we still don’t talk about the related conditions and diseases nearly enough. Yes, depression makes the headlines often and people are finally becoming more open about it, but what other other mental health conditions like anxiety? That’s one that affects 40 million adults in the U.S., but do you really know what it is and how to tell if you are suffering from it? And do you know how it can affect your physical health? To find out, we consulted Dr. Catherine Ulbricht, founder of Natural Standard Research Collaboration, clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital and author of Natural Standard, The Authority on Integrative Medicine. Here is what she had to say: More
When I hear about people losing their lifelong love, I kind of want to throw up. I start to think, “My God. I can’t imagine.” But then I realize that, even worse, I can. More
According to the World Health Organization, 27% of American adults are currently dealing with some type of mental disorder, making us the country with more mental health disorders than anyplace else.
Recently, I’ve increased my standard distance on the treadmill (insert back-pat here). Which is great and wonderful and all–but it also means I have even more time to try to keep my scattered brain distracted from counting down the minutes. So lately, I’ve taken to watching the kind of shows that keep me captivated, which are crime shows. Which have also had the unfortunate side effect of turning me into an anxious mess. Though, after doing a little research, may actually be a good thing. More
I have always been great at multitasking. Often you can find me researching an article, answering emails, doing laundry, writing a yoga lesson plan and posting on Facebook. It’s no wonder that I often crave peace and quiet. Yet, I have a hard time creating the time for that stillness in all my busyness.
Recently, I found out that I should be meditating for 20 minutes twice a day. Which sounds great in theory. But it’s easier said than done. More
No matter where you stand on the issue of abortion, it’s a topic that ignites fierce debates, not least of which is the physical risks it brings to women. But mental health can also be affected for those choosing such a procedure. In fact, a new study says those who have abortions double their risk of severe mental health problems afterward. More