The Difference Between Being Physically Active and Exercising

The Difference Between Being Physically Active and Exercising

When patients first see me, I ask a number of questions one of which focuses on exercise. “I golf on weekends.” “I use the stairs at work.” “My job keeps me moving all day.” Perfect. But there’s a difference between being physically active and investing in cardiovascular exercise. People who enjoy relatively good health can benefit greatly from 3-4 hours a week of exercise that raises their cardio rate,...

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Chronic Skin Symptoms – Look for Stress First!

Chronic Skin Symptoms – Look for Stress First!

By now, you’ve probably figured out that the skin wrapping your body is serviced entirely by the nervous system. Therefore, chemical imbalances related to mood disorders can cause reactions in the skin, even chronic skin symptoms. Some chronic skin symptoms are itchy (such as eczema),  annoying (like acne), dangerously contagious (like herpes), or extremely painful (like shingles). Many people are very much aware of the fact that when...

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Avoidant Personality Fears Ridicule

Avoidant Personality Fears Ridicule

There’s a difference between being shy and having an avoidant personality disorder. People with avoidant symptoms have such low self esteem and self worth that what they actually fear – ridicule and humiliation – is exactly what seems to pile on their heads. Avoidant personalities will seem to visibly flinch at attention. For this reason, they avoid social interaction to the extreme. While they inwardly fantasize about having...

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Slight Differences in Symptoms Require Big Difference in Prescription

Slight Differences in Symptoms Require Big Difference in Prescription

Too many times psychiatrists apply the same medication to patients who might be complaining about similar symptoms when their symptoms come from a cause that is uniquely differentiated than another cause. Prescription medications for depression or anxiety are not like aspirin that can be used for multiple issues. Proper treatment requires careful and persistent diagnosis. As an example, one of the most important and common misdiagnoses among...

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Where Black Box Warnings Go Wrong for Bipolar Disorder

Where Black Box Warnings Go Wrong for Bipolar Disorder

Lately, the media has given a lot of attention to “Black Box Warnings” for increased risk of suicide for patients under 18 years of age to mid-20s who are prescribed psychotropic medications. For every highly publicized individual instance of a radically adverse response to medication, there are thousands of patients who have benefitted from treatment and demonstrated no comparable reaction. There are also other factors that...

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Panic Disorder Affects Mind and Body

Panic Disorder Affects Mind and Body

At least one out of every 75 people suffers from Panic Disorder, which is something of a subset of a number of Anxiety Disorders. Anxiety Disorders involve processes that are both mental and physical, and create problems that are both mental and physical. One reason why these sort of mood disorders are so difficult to treat is the fact that we do not have direct or conscious control of our autonomic nervous system or the functions of...

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