26 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:09 pm
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Looking to Genes for the Secret to Happiness

Researchers from the University of North Carolina and the University of California Los Angeles, studied 80 healthy participants to find out if our bodies reward us with healthy gene activity when we are unselfish or chastises us when we are selfish and put our own needs first. It sounds like something we might teach little […]

24 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:11 pm
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CDC Sleeping Pills Report: Why Are Older, Educated Americans More Likely To Use Sleep Aids to Get Some Shut-Eye?

In the first ever governmental report of its kind, the CDC reports that 4% of adult Americans, that is 8.6 million of us, use some kind of prescription sleeping pills. Out of these millions, sleep aid use was most likely to occur in white, female, educated Americans over 50 years old. This epidemic is slowly […]

19 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:11 pm
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How to Meditate Without Meditating

It sounds like not really meditating, but the informal practice of mindfulness meditation is real meditation. These are “everyday actives of life that can support the cultivation of mindfulness,” writes Karen Kissel Wegela, Ph.D. on Psychology Today. “When we engage in these activities, especially if we are willing to let go of distractions like listening […]

17 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:13 pm
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How Food Addiction Is Killing a Generation

In a new article by Brad Lamm, he makes a shocking statement: “Food is the new crack cocaine.” Throughout his article, Mr. Lamm compares the current obesity epidemic and food addiction with the crack cocaine epidemic a number of years ago. The similarities are eerie, though perhaps not quite on track – after all, MORE […]

12 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:14 pm
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How Pets Help Treat Addiction

Finding a good fit between a pet and pet owner can be a challenge. Likewise, finding a drug treatment center that is high quality and will allow you to bring a pet to addiction or depression treatment can also be a challenge. But when a good program allows an individual to bring their pet with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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