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Can pets help relieve depression and PTSD?

"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.

We all struggle from time to time with feeling down, stressed out, or lonely, whether or not we have a diagnosed mental health problem.  Research shows that animals reduce tension and improve mood.  Along with therapy and possibly medications, pets can help people with mild to moderate symptoms.  Here's a couple of ways that pets could help you if you're feeling low...

By |2014-12-28T03:26:53+00:00December 28th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Reach out and touch someone: the importance of companionship for mental health

We live in a digital world. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram...  This is fantastic technology and it lets us connect with people across the globe and stay in touch with distant friends and family.  Unfortunately technology has a side effect.   It can make it very easy to lose actual human contact.  

By |2020-02-18T10:09:15+00:00December 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bipolar, Borderline and PTSD – What’s the difference?

"...Some common symptoms of these illnesses are trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide, not being able to maintain relationships, feeling worthless, racing thoughts, inability to focus, low energy, and feeling heightened emotions.  Bipolar, BPD and PTSD can all cause these problems, but for different reasons."

When did holidays become something to be “survived”?

When did the holidays turn from something wonderful and magical to something that is meant to be “survived”?  I remember as a kid seeing the freshly cut Christmas tree lit up and shimmering, playing in the snow, listening to my dad read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, having a big holiday meal… All of that translated into magic for me. 

So how did the holiday season turn into the most stressful time of year?

By |2014-12-13T20:09:27+00:00December 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|4 Comments

10 of my favorite holiday traditions

It's the holidays and I thought it might be nice to celebrate all the wonderful things that come around this time of year!  So here are some of my favorite holiday traditions.  See if they are some of yours, and consider what I missed.  Don't try to do it all. Holidays don't have to be perfect to be wonderful.  Go for *Perfectly Imperfect*!

By |2014-12-07T02:52:15+00:00December 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments