10 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:15 pm
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Brain Size Linked To Eating Disorders

A recent study found that girls with anorexia nervosa actually have larger brains as well as differences in some of the neural pathways as compared to girls without eating disorders. This is a breakthrough study! The brain may actually contribute to a person’s perception of being fat despite being underweight. Researchers studied 19 girls with […]

5 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:16 pm
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Why Do Women Suffer from Higher Rates of Mental Illness than Men?

There are intrinsic differences between men and women, particularly regarding mental health. Men are more likely to develop problems with alcohol or drugs or engage in antisocial behavior than women, while women are more likely to suffer from mental illness: 9% of women suffer from depression compared to 5% of men; 25% of women battle […]

3 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:17 pm
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Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk of Heart Disease

Breakfast has long been touted as an aid to weight loss and a way to help us focus in class and at work. But a recent study has shown that regularly eating breakfast can actually help prevent heart disease and improve your overall mental health. Diet is an integral part of the program at any […]

30 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:45 pm
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Making a Tough Decision About Drug Addiction

The story is as old as addiction itself. But an Indianapolis mother is fighting to change the outcome for other families whose loved ones are fighting addiction. Vickie and Steve Harpold’s son, Kevin, was in a downward spiral of heroin addiction and in a last ditch effort they called the police. Jail, they hoped, would […]

27 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:20 pm
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Adult Children of Substance Abusers More Prone to Depression

A study of 6,300 Canadian adults recently told the story of adult children of addicts. In this study, 312 participants suffered major depression in the last year. 877 said that as kids one or both parents drank alcohol or used drugs so often that it caused problems for the family. Even after compensating for other […]

23 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:19 pm
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Nature Activities Help Improve Veterans’ Mental Health

There are many different forms of therapy available to military veterans suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some are more traditional, like psychological counseling, alcohol rehab or antidepressants. Others are more complementary and alternative practices such as acupuncture or yoga. There is definitely a need for more help for our nation’s vets. PTSD affects almost […]

22 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:21 pm
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Cantaloupe Nutrition: A Dieter’s Sweet Revenge

Until I read more about it, I thought cantaloupe was just good for you and tasted yummy. I had no idea  how much nutrition I was getting until now! A healthy diet is an integral part of proper recovery andSunset Malibu works to help change your lifestyle so you see lasting results from your depression […]

20 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:22 pm
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Natural Remedies for Anxiety

Did you know that there are many ways to deal with anxiety that do not involve a trip to the pharmacy? Here are a few that might help you when you’re feeling anxious. Anxiety and Depression treatment programs are always an option, but the best types of treatment involve a combination of natural and therapeutic […]

15 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:23 pm
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Co-Occurring Disorders; Addiction and Mental Health Issues

The definition of comorbidity is the existence of one or more disorders in addition to the primary disorder. This also might be called a co-occurring disorder. For example, one person may be diagnosed with depression and may also be an alcoholic. The understanding that an individual may have more than one disorder at the same […]

8 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:25 pm
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Sadness Can Hide the Taste Of Fat, Making You Feel Worse About Stress Eating

There could be a biological reason why people engage in stress eating!  That could be good news for those of us who want an excuse to drown our sorrows in mint chip ice cream. A recent study out of Wurzburg, Germany shows that some people really may not know how much fat they are eating […]

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