Perimenopause

Perimenopause

There is no uniform female response to the onset of menopause – perimenopause. The psychological passage from fertility to infertility produces a variety of psychological responses in different women and this mental/emotional response is almost more demanding of treatment than the physical symptoms. Some women respond to it negatively as a sign of aging. Other women are caught off guard and surprised. They begin to experience...

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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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Defining the Sociopath – Sociopathy Personality Disorder

Defining the Sociopath – Sociopathy Personality Disorder

For several months now, I’ve been taking you through the list of the 13 recognized personality disorders. I addressed the Antisocial a few months ago, defining that person as one whose thinking, reasoning and judgment are severely impaired. Thy constantly misperceive situations and other people, then act according to their misperceptions. Their minds are missing that moral compass that expressed or feels empathy or likemindedness with...

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Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

“She’s so passive aggressive,” is a term I hear a lot of people saying in just about any environment, whether people are talking about their mother in law’s meddling or a stranger in the grocery store parking lot. Unfortunately, passive-aggressive behavior is something we all practice at one time or another as it becomes a sort of strategy used when we don’t think we can honestly speak our minds or can’t be...

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The Difference Between Obsessive-Compulsive and OCD

The Difference Between Obsessive-Compulsive and OCD

It is important to distinguish the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder from the obsessive-compulsive mood disorder often referred to as OCD. Obsessive Compulsive Mood Disorder (OCD) – Patients with the MOOD disorder suffer from intrusive and unrelenting thoughts and the persistent feeling that something is wrong, some important task has not been completed or has not been done properly.  These thoughts cause such intense anxiety that...

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