We live in a country where obesity is an epidemic. Every media outlet there is has been telling us for years that we are obese, eat the wrong food, overeat, drink too much alcohol. Once again, I offer my disclaimer; these are generalities. There are healthy people too. This blog isn't for you unless you want to learn how to up your game and get in even better shape. I'm referring to people who know they're overweight and in poor physical shape. Many of you have serious health issues. Your brain needs nutrition, exercise, and fresh air for you to be able to navigate the psychological aspects of your life. If you don't feel well, don't have energy, feel sluggish, and exercise is a dirty word to you, the rest of your life probably isn't going so well. Take a look at this website that offers many different options and ideas for getting and staying healthy. https://holistichealthwithholly.com/
It stands to reason using social media makes people feel more connected and socially involved, except this study says it doesn't. This study was done to gather information regarding young people. Even if you’re not in your early twenties, reading this article can be helpful because, it’s been my observation as a therapist that, it applies to people of all ages. If you limit the time you spend on social media, you’ll have more time to complete projects around the house, make art, write poetry, train for a marathon, participate in a live social event in your community or something else that appeals to you. I'm not suggesting people give up using social media. It’s here to stay. However, deciding how much time is enough time for you and then sticking to your limits, after an initial withdrawal period, can feel refreshing and liberating. Read more at Science Daily here:
This is a very interesting read about how Portugal decided to deal with the country's drug problems. Agree or disagree, it's something to think about. http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html
Medscape Medical News from the • American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2015 Annual Meeting This coverage is not sanctioned by, nor a part of, the American Psychiatric Association. Medscape Psychiatry An Internet Depression Therapy as Effective as Drugs? Bret S. Stetka, MD; Jan Philipp Klein, MD Editor's Note: While browsing a poster session at the American Psychiatric Association's 168th Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Medscape spoke with Dr Jan Philipp Klein of the Lübeck University (Lübeck, Germany) Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy about the efficacy of a new Internet-based depression therapy. Medscape: What was the objective of your study? Dr Klein: We were interested in studying Internet-based psychological interventions for depression, in part due to the large treatment gap associated with the condition. Many patients don't get adequate treatment for depression. Prior to starting the study we knew that there is an evidence base for psychological Internet interventions in treating depressive symptoms. However, in previous studies, the sample size was much smaller, and depressive symptoms were only self-rated. This was the first study to also include clinician ratings over time. Medscape: How big was the study? Dr Klein: We recruited over 1000 participants with mild to moderate depressive symptoms, and...