Posts Categorized: Behavioral Health

Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Dopamine

Yesterday’s revelation that the late Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease (PD) has raised questions about links between PD and depression. Parkinson’s disease is a complex motor-system disorder. Its underlying cause is a deterioration in parts of the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. (A neurotransmitter is a brain chemical that allows one brain cell to… Read more »

Relationship Stress Does Real Harm

Stress can kill a relationship. Now, research shows it can affect life expectancy, too. Middle-aged people’s mortality risk goes up when they are in stressful relationships, according to a recent issue of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers in the University of Copenhagen reached their findings after following nearly 10,000 adults for 11… Read more »

Body Image Problems Start Early

Conflicting messages about body image are in the news again. This week, a reality TV star’s Instagram post showed her wearing her 4-year-old daughter’s pajamas. The image prompted conflicting responses. Some took the photo as an innocent, playful act between mother and daughter. Others considered it a dysfunctional interpretation of the 40-something celebrity’s body image… Read more »

Substance Abuse and ADHD

Children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) are more likely to engage in substance abuse compared to their peers without ADHD, according to the most recent edition of the journal Pediatrics. Children with ADHD and other behavioral health issues are at even higher risk of developing substance use disorders, the report said. But there is hope: Medication… Read more »

PTSD Awareness Day

For PTSD Awareness Day, let’s promote more understanding of this challenging diagnosis. After World War I and World War II, returning veterans first brought attention to PTSD. At the time, it was vaguely called shell shock or battle fatigue. Since then, behavioral health care professionals have identified the problem, its causes and ways to resolve it. PTSD… Read more »

The Fascination with Flight 370

The loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared more than a month ago while carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has garnered a great deal of media coverage and discussion. Any potential tragedy understandably fosters many emotions, but certain characteristics of this event may have made it considerably more compelling. The lack… Read more »

Selfies: More than Just a Picture?

“Selfie:” the common act of taking a picture of yourself with a smart phone, has climbed its way to the forefront of pop culture, even if it’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Warhol and Van Gogh were right there with self portraits, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell released a selfie this past week… Read more »

Binge Eating Disorder:
When too Much Isn’t Enough

Like anorexia and bulimia, binge eating is also a disorder. But don’t confuse binge eating disorder with overeating. While overeating is a challenge for many, recurrent binge eating is much less common—and much more serious. This disorder is characterized by frequent episodes of binge eating, feeling out of control while bingeing, and feeling guilt and… posted in: Behavioral Health tags:


Eating Disorders Are a Family Affair

The eating disorders anorexia and bulimia nervosa can be grave without early and appropriate intervention. Complications can include a range of symptoms–from cardiac arrhythmias to depression and suicide–so immediate treatment is crucial. Parents who try to “correct” their child’s eating disorder on their own can end up frustrated, and rightly so. It requires a great… Read more »

Re-Resolution: Stop Smoking Again

If your “stop smoking” New Year’s resolution already seems like a distant memory, don’t give up. Most smoking-cessation studies conclude that motivation, not a date on the calendar, is the most important factor in predicting whether or not a smoker will quit for keeps. Concerns about the cost to your current or future health, the… posted in: Addiction, Lung Cancer, Wellness tags: