Postpartum Depression, Neurotransmitters, and Nutrition
"Like other forms of depression, postpartum depression (PPD) is often associated with a neurotransmitter imbalance. Many new mothers with PPD have low serotonin or norepinephrine levels in the brain that are aggravated by nutritional deficiencies. Scientists have found that proper nutrition is essential for the production of neurotransmitters." More...
How To Reduce Your Child's Texting While Improving Parent/Child Communication
"Here's a question I was recently asked and I share it here along with a response to help parents who may be struggling with the same issues: My 14 and 16-year-old kids are constantly texting their friends. We bought them phones so we could stay in touch when we're apart. But they are so preoccupied with texting their friends, we barely communicate with each other anymore. Any suggestions of how we can reduce the texting while improving our communication?" More...
It's Not Only Okay to Reach Out During a Health Crisis - It's Recommended
"For most of us, a health crisis is one of our worst nightmares. Whether it involves an accident or an unexpected diagnosis, the common denominator among health crises is that we are blindsided by them. We might feel helpless, anxious, fearful, angry, or confused. But even though each health crisis is different, one thing is true about all of them. They shouldn't have to be faced alone." More...
I'm a Bully, I'm a Bully: I'm a Bully, You're a Nerdie - Part II
"For a Health Fair at the US Patent & Trademark Office, exhibitors (of which I was one) were asked to come up with activities for the children accompanying their parents, that is, the PTO employees. My activity was helping the kids - ages ten to teens - write their own Resiliency Raps. I also thought I'd better be a role model. So here is my latest effort, a subject that, alas, too many kids can relate to - bullying! I wrote this Rap using language and imagery that, hopefully, can span the age spectrum. " More...
How to Spot Manipulation
"We all want to get our needs met, but manipulators use underhanded methods. Manipulation is a way to covertly influence someone with indirect, deceptive, or abusive tactics. Manipulation may seem benign or even friendly or flattering, as if the person has your highest concern in mind, but in reality itís to achieve an ulterior motive. Other times, itís veiled hostility, and when abusive methods are used, the objective is merely power. You may not realize that youíre being unconsciously intimidated." More...
10 Things You Might Not Know About Your Brain
"Earlier this year, Larry King invited three brain experts onto his show: Dr. Gary Small, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Alvaro Fernandez. They helped clear up several misconceptions about the brain and shared information not commonly known about this all-important organ. Here are 10 things you might not know about your brain that these experts shared on the show:" More...
The Machinery of Upset
"Emotional) life is great when we feel enthusiastic, contented, peaceful, happy, interested, loving, etc. But when weíre upset, or aroused to go looking for trouble, life ainít so great. To address this problem, letís turn to a strategy used widely in science (and Buddhism, interestingly): " More...
Purposeful Parenting Provides Much Needed Direction For Teens
"Here's a question I was recently asked and I share it here along with a response to help parents of adolescents who may be struggling with the same issues: I have two teenage children at home; one a junior in high school, the other a sophomore. I'm trying to get them to think about college and the future but they seem to have no motivation. The only things they are interested in are friends and video games. I don't want them living at home into their 20s and 30s like some families I know. How can I help them prepare for the future?" More...
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