2 SEP

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:08 am
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Mindful Lifestyle Changes for Total Health

Mindfulness trains you to become aware of what is going on inside your body and mind and how your inner world of thoughts and feelings is reacting to the events that are taking place in the world around you. When you develop this kind of mindful awareness, you become more aware of inner disturbances when […]

28 AUG

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Fighting Depression with Spirituality

Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a long period of time. Depression often runs in families. Evidence supports that depression has a biologic component strongly linked to abnormalities in the brain. However, research shows that practicing spirituality may help prevent the […]

31 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:36 am
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The Relationship between Genius and Mental Illness

Several mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and depression, are often found in highly creative and intelligent people, along with substance abuse. The scientific evidence for such an association was weak and inconsistent until a large cohort study was conducted confirming the idea of the “tortured genius” or “mad scientist”. Excellent school performance and creativity […]

22 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:40 am
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Addiction in Older People

People age 65 and over are at risk for prescription drug abuse, perhaps more so than any other age group. That is because Americans older than 65 make up 13% of the population, but consume about one third of all prescription drugs. Older individuals also take more potentially addictive medications than the general population, which […]

17 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:41 am
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Effects of Alcohol on the Body’s Organs

Alcohol abuse can have serious medical consequences. Most adults know about alcoholism and understand drinking can damage health over time. Few people understand exactly how many organs are put at risk by long-term drinking habits that can have disastrous effects on overall health. The heart can be affected when alcohol is regularly used over a […]

15 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:42 am
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New Addiction Therapies on the Horizon?

Researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered a form of neurotransmission that influences the long-term memory. They see a relationship between memory and the cravings caused by drugs. These neurotransmitters are responsible for the changes in brains cells caused by drug addiction and researchers believe that specific molecular targeting of these neurotransmitters may lead […]

3 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:44 am
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Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is being used in a wide variety of settings to help people with acute and chronic disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, and addiction, with the goal of providing improved social functioning. Based on the many physiological and psychological benefits documented in individuals during therapeutic interactions with animals, animal-assisted therapy is considered to be an […]

1 JUL

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:45 am
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Marijuana and Kids: How Can We Keep Kids Safe?

The new marijuana laws are complicating child custody cases across the nation. Currently no data has been gathered to show how often pot use comes up in custody disputes, or how often child-welfare workers intervened in homes where marijuana products are or were used, but it is an issue parents throw at one another in […]

26 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:46 am
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How Equine Therapy Works

Professionals have touted the success of equine therapy for years. It is has helped many people deal with their mental health issues including PSTD, drug addiction, childhood physical and sexual abuse, domestic abuse, anti-social behaviors, suicidal tendencies, and even ADHD. So how exactly does equine therapy work? Horses are much more attuned and sensitive to […]

24 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:48 am
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Mental Illness and Stress in Families

Many families struggle with members who suffer from mental illnesses and this can cause a lot of stress for everyone involved.  Statistics show that one in four people in the USA have a mental illness at some point in their lives and of those individuals, nearly 45% suffer with more than one disorder. These facts […]