More and more people are seeing benefits from learning and practicing mindfulness, both in decreasing stress and stress-related illnesses, as well as in improving their mental health in learning how to let go of painful thoughts or [Read more…]
The holiday season can be considerably a stressful and overwhelming time. Holiday stress can take many forms; at this time of year, it’s not uncommon for us to overspend, to experience tense family interactions, to overeat or to drink in excess, or to experience feelings of loneliness or disappointment as one reflects on the past year. Following are some considerations on dealing well with holiday stress: [Read more…]
In recent years, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become a hot topic in the military and the media. For many, PTSD conjures up an image of a combat veteran who has returned home with troubles after being exposed to land mines and air raids. Indeed, statistics show that 11-20% of veterans coming back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. But PTSD is not just a military problem. People who have experienced a life-threatening experience may have PTSD and not even know it. [Read more…]
Fear of Flying
Despite numerous technological advancements to improve the safety and accessibility of traveling by airplane, 6.5% of Americans today live with a fear of flying. Even celebrities and athletes admit to flying woes!
This phobia—also known as pteromerhanophobia or aviophobia—may wreak havoc in people’s lives by causing anxiety around planning vacations, family visits, long-distance relationships, or work-related travel.
In my experience, patients who seek therapy for depression or anxiety often report problems with sleep. These problems usually fall into one (or more) of three categories: 1) difficulties falling asleep, 2) difficulties staying asleep, or 3) waking up earlier than intended. If insomnia is brought on by recent life stress like trouble at work or in a romantic relationship, it is [Read more…]