The (Worst) Eating Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of

Eating disorders. The very phrase sounds awful. What does it take for one of the essential activities of life to become “disordered?” Doctors, nutritionists, psychiatric and psychological professionals and researchers have been digging in on that very subject for quite a while now. One thing they agree on is that, contrary to the statements of… Continue reading The (Worst) Eating Disorder You’ve Never Heard Of

Physical Activity Has a Positive Effect on Depression: Study

While many studies have found associations between greater levels of physical activity and lower rates of depression, a key question has remained — does physical activity actually reduce the risk of depression or does depression lead to reduced physical activity? Now a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has used a novel research… Continue reading Physical Activity Has a Positive Effect on Depression: Study

Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Talk to most parents and they’ll tell you their teenagers are “pretty normal.” Sure, they might throw in a complaint about moodiness, messiness or even a little recklessness, but other than that, normal. But what if normal isn’t okay? What if the “new normal” for teens is to be at risk of obesity, depression, anxiety,… Continue reading Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study

An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study from UC San Francisco suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? Anxiety and depression may be leading predictors of conditions ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure… Continue reading Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study

The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease finds that mothers’ stress levels at the moment they conceive their children are linked to the way children respond to life challenges at age 11. SFU health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy led an interdisciplinary research team on this first cohort study.… Continue reading Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Gratitude. It’s a buzzword for personal growth. We’re told from the time we’re just tiny tots to say thank you and show gratitude, even when we don’t feel like it. But gratitude has power. Real power. Gratitude can change your outlook on life.Gratitude can change your hormone balance.Gratitude can influence behavior.Gratitude can ease anxiety and… Continue reading Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain