Jun 20, 2018
Alzheimer's and the Dementias: Is Forgetfulness a Natural Part of Aging?
The other day I was talking to a friend, who was frustrated because she had forgotten to do something important for work. Her first comment was, “I must be getting old because I can’t remember everything!” Even though she was joking, it made me think how so many of us assume that old age means memory loss—almost as if losing our ability to think and remember is natural! This assumption is only exacerbated by the growing rates of dementias and Alzheimer’s among seniors. But is memory loss and cognitive impairment really just a symptom of "old age"?
Jun 13, 2018
Suicide: How to Help Yourself & Others Find Healing
We have a problem.
More and more people are choosing to take their own lives. More and more people see death as the solution to the difficulties they face.
Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are high-profile suicide cases that devastated the world. Yet every 40 seconds someone commits suicide—every 40 secondssomeone’s world is devastated.
I say “we” have a problem because the rising rates of suicide are a judgement on our society.
Jun 06, 2018
3 Tips to Help You Discover Your Identity & Purpose
Who am I?
We all, at one point in our lives, ask ourselves this question. We are who we are, but unveiling our identity and activating it correctly is crucial to a life well-lived; it is the theme of countless books, both classical and modern, fiction and non-fiction. It shapes some of the greatest masterpieces in the world of art, and characterizes the world of education.
So can you answer the question? Where do you even begin?
May 23, 2018
How to train your mind to avoid emotional and physical burnout
“Self-care” is a trendy topic in today’s world. It seems like everyone is talking about taking the time to take care of yourself, reducing stress and getting that much needed “me-time.” Yet, while some people may afford to take time off to invest in “self-care,” what about the average person who has what feels like two jobs trying to support a family in a world that demands more, more and more? How does the average person balance the demands of work, and the demands of life, without falling into the burnout black hole, which can negatively impact our physical AND mental health?
May 23, 2018
Dr. Peter Breggin's HONORED BLOGGERS AWARD
This week I want to share with you the blog I wrote for Dr. Peter Breggin, an incredible doctor, member of my Integrated Mind Network, and good friend! Dr. Peter Breggin, MD is often called “The Conscience of Psychiatry”: for many decades he has successfully led efforts to reform the mental health field. His scientific and educational work has provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and leads the way in promoting more caring and effective therapies. It was such an honor to recieve his Award in Ethical Human Sciences and Services!
May 23, 2018
What happens when we truly understand and use our minds!
Many of us know the brain is a powerful organ, but how? How can this power transform the way we think and live?
The mind does not emerge from our brain activity. Brain activity, rather, reflects mind activity. Even though the mind controls the brain, the brain feeds back to, and influences, the mind. The brain seats the mind, and therefore the mind influences the physical world through the brain. The mind controls the brain—the power of the brain lies in how we use our minds to change the brain.
May 09, 2018
Mental Health News May 2018: Children at Risk!
Childhood can be challenging, especially in today’s highly demanding world. From early on, many children are trained to enter the rat race, compelled to live up to certain ideals of success, beauty and productivity. It is unsurprising that these ideals, often solely focused on what New York Times Columnist David Brooks calls the “resume virtues,” extract a high price—more and more young people are suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression, and more and more children feel that suicide is their only way out.
May 02, 2018
The current mental-health care system is a mess!
Everyone seems to be talking about mental health these days, but what exactly is mental health, or mental illness? Does our current system provide adequate care, or even and adequate understanding, of mental well-being?
Apr 26, 2018
Mirror Neurons: Why we feel each other's emotions.
We have all heard the verse love your neighbor as you love yourself. But is it possible to love someone like we love ourselves? Is it possible to truly care about what someone else is going through? How do we put ourselves in another person’s “shoes”?
When we study the nature of the mind and how it impacts the brain, we realize that humanity, and indeed the world, is entangled. We are designed to sympathise with one another, to reach out in love and to care about our neighbor. We all have mirror neurons, which enable us to experience what other people are going through—our brains literally act as a “mirror”.