8 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:04 pm
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Massage: Why You Must (and How You Can) Fit It in Your Busy Schedule!

Life is tough. Exhausting. And if you’re a parent or caring for your aging parents, it can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to meet all the demands placed on you, let alone take care of yourself and booking a massage. There are so many priorities and most of the time, these […]

3 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:06 pm
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Parents Who Shout at Children Increase Child’s Risk of Depression and Acting Out

A recent study shows that parents yelling at their children really isn’t helping. It’s actually making problems and even depression in children worse. Maybe that is why parents say that no matter how much they yell, it seems their kids aren’t listening. Likely they aren’t. Or at least trying not to. Researchers studied 967 families, […]

1 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:08 pm
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Local Voices: Rules to Prevent Kids from Abusing Drugs

Mike O’Neil was a pharmacist, K9 narcotics trainer and consultant for prescription drug abuse and diversion. He and his wife raised two amazing sons who have been very successful in their personal, education and professional lives. They are often asked how they were able to keep their kids drug-free and out of drug treatment centers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]