Evolution of the Color Red

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Human responses to the color red are really interesting. In some people, it evokes a sense of unease,...

Evolution of the Color Red

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Human responses to the color red are really interesting. In some people, it evokes a sense of unease, as if something menacing or risky is lurking. Think of the red traffic light that warns us that if we cross disaster may strike. Or, the flashing red lights you see in the rearview mirror when...

Older Gay Men and the Risk of Suicide

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Photo source: Adobe Stock Photos Suicide rates in the United States have surged in recent years, while in other countries the rates have fallen. Although this rise was particularly steep for women, it increased substantially for all middle-aged Americans, a group whose suicide rate had been stable or falling since the 1950s. This article will...

How to Know If You’ve Crossed the Line

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(Photo source: iStock) With so much attention focused on the opioid addiction crisis1, many doctors are reluctant to prescribe prescription pain medications and many people are reluctant to take them. The fear of becoming addicted is often perpetuated by widespread media coverage of how “addictive” medications like Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone, and others can be. Rightfully...

Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health Care

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Integrated care teams round daily at a conference table, rather than at the bedside to do surface clinical and behavioral care needs.(Photo Source: AdobeStock) If I could go back in time to the private internal medicine and pediatric practice that I left eight years ago, I’d do many things differently. This is particularly true when...

5 Ways to Nurture Your Emotional Health in Later Life

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Stock) Working well with your own emotions is key to creating a healthy, happy life. Psychologist Dr. Daniel Goleman coined the famous term emotional intelligence in his book by that name. It refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. I believe that emotional intelligence becomes even more important as we age. Unfortunately, our...

Advice for People In Recovery During the Holidays

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The holidays can be challenging for people in recovery. (Photo source: iStock) The holidays can present difficult challenges for people in recovery from drug or alcohol use disorder. Even in the best of times, people may experience anxiety and stress related to the holiday season whether due to increased family time, travel fatigue, or unrealistic...

Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes

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(Photo source: iStock Eating disorders are among the most dangerous and difficult to treat of all mental health disorders. Eating disorders do not discriminate. They can be found in both genders, all age groups, and across a wide variety of races and ethnic backgrounds. Eating disorders adversely impact the health and well-being of those affected....

Emotional Abuse Made Me Feel Like I Was Crazy

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Photo source: iStock> My fingers tremble as, knuckles white with force, I carve one last SLUT into the kitten calendar on Ally’s desk (that’s Ally with a “y” not an “ie”....

How To Help Your Partner Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes

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Exercise is more fun when you do it together (photo source: iStock) Getting regular exercise, eating right, and taking time to relax are all extremely important aspects of personal care. However,...
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