9 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
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We Need to Talk: Five Tips on Handling Hard Conversations

“We need to talk,” are some of the most dreaded words in the history of human relationships. But your inevitable conversation doesn’t have to be a knot of uncomfortable silences. Here are five tips for grappling with difficult conversations and ending with positive results. Listen first. It’s easy to get defensive when someone we have […]

18 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction

Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction   Families in the United States are really going it alone with regard to substance abuse treatment. Even when a loved one wants help, there very frequently are no treatment beds available or insurance will cover only a fraction of the cost or duration of care […]

16 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:27 pm
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No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium

No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium   A long-time occupier of bathroom cabinets around the country, Imodium (loperamide) and other antidiarrheal medications are under increased scrutiny as deaths from the abuse of this drug begin to increase. A study released by the international journal Annals of Emergency Medicine highlighted the health risks inherent […]

26 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:06 am
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Battle of the Bulge: Four Reasons Not to Diet

Battle of the Bulge: Four Reasons Not to Diet   Obsessed with current cultural ideals of ultra-thin beauty, overweight Americans are encouraged, frequently under the guise of better health, to “correct” their bodies through masochistic dieting, sometimes dangerous exercise routines and surgery. But even with all the money spent on weight loss, we’re still, on […]

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14 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:04 pm
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The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong

The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong   Sugar isn’t just in candy bars anymore. Look at the nutrition label on a loaf of bread, a can of pasta sauce or pretty much any low-fat dairy product and you’ll find sugar, lots of it. One might assume that any substance manufacturers routinely […]

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7 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:12 am
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Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature

Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature Why do city dwellers talk so much about ‘getting away?’ Why is camping such a popular pastime? Recent studies suggest that being in natural settings, or even just sitting beside plants indoors, can improve our mood, decrease stress, and make us more generous. Here are four […]

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20 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
11:44 pm
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I Think, Therefore I Meditate: Two Things You’re Getting Wrong about Mindfulness

I Think, Therefore I Meditate: Two Things You’re Getting Wrong about Mindfulness   If you’re doing downward dog, are you meditating? Although yoga and other eastern practices have fully entered the mainstream of “healthy living” and “alternative lifestyle” aficionados, the truth is that many people don’t quite have a grasp on the true origins of […]

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10 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:06 pm
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Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions

Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions   Anyone tuned in to a 24-hour news cycle may find it hard to relax. With anchors capitalizing on our collective fears to grow their viewership and internet based media splashing outrageous headlines across our newsfeeds, more and more it seems to be in the […]

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22 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most often associated with military personal exposed to war and all the tragedy and horror that goes with that experience. However, PTSD affects all sorts of people, from children who have experienced abuse to those who have been in accidents, victims of crime, or witness […]

14 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Monday Blues? 3 Ways Your Job Can Help You Stay Drug and Alcohol Free

Monday Blues? 3 Ways Your Job Can Help You Stay Drug and Alcohol Free   Your 9-to-5 is worth more than a paycheck. The skills you learn on the job follow you home and make a difference in how you manage the rest of life’s ups and downs. The Wall Street Journal recently compiled several studies […]

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