A Healthy State of Mind offers naturopathic mental health care to support individuals suffering from mental illness and their families. We specialize in naturopathic approaches to treating mental illness and work collaboratively with psychologists, psychiatrists and other health care providers to optimize your mental and physical health. We work to keep the body in mind for optimal whole person health.
- A Vicious Cycle: Adrenal Fatigue, Mental Illness and Gastrointestinal Imbalances - Chronic Stress In my previous blog post, I wrote about managing stress and gave some tips for gaining control and a greater sense of calm when facing short-term stress, but what about stress that is unrelenting or chronic? How does one maintain health with persistent exposure to stress? The short answer is that one typically cannot maintain health under such circumstances. But the longer answer is one that is Read More
- Stress Management or Mastery? Tips to Improve your Stress Response - Stress is pervasive and has significant psychological and physiological effects. Stress breaks down the immune barrier and integrity of the GI tract, leads to imbalances in hormones (the HPATG axis (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal, Thyroid and Gonads (Sex hormones)) and can have a deleterious effect on sleep to name but a few. Stress is also inflammatory to the body and there is mounting evidence to support that inflammation can cause Read More
- Circadian Rhythms in the News — Helping to Cure the Winter Blues - With more use of devices and longer, darker nights, our circadian rhythms are more vulnerable. Those suffering from bipolar disorder, insomnia or sleep disorders and those who work shifts (shift work disorder) are some of the most affected. Here are a couple of interesting and relevant articles from the news this week: If you would like to learn more about how to regulate or optimize your circadian rhythm, Read More
- Give the Gift of Health this Holiday Season - This holiday season we take time to give thanks and then promptly purchase gifts for Hanukkah or the Christmas holidays. As I reflect on the holidays, it is also a time to appreciate the gift that our health is/can be. As you review the year and look towards the year ahead, consider giving yourself and/or those you care about the gift of greater health and consciousness that can come Read More
- SMART Goals – A tool to help you realize your goals - With a New Year upon us, many are inclined to set resolutions for the year ahead – many of which relate to health. To ensure that your goals (health or otherwise) are more realistic and successful, I wanted to share with you about ‘SMART’ goals. These goals, along with a worksheet, are elaborated in the Institute for Functional Medicine’s ‘Goal Setting for Behavior Change’ patient handout. ‘SMART’ stands for: Read More
- How to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay - Seasonal changes are known to affect those suffering from a number of psychiatric complaints. Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) is the most common diagnosis for those suffering from seasonal changes. S.A.D. affects about 6% of the U.S. population. A milder form of S.A.D., known as the Winter Blues or Subsyndromal S.A.D., affects approximately 14 % of the U.S. population. Add to this the number of people with mood disorders (depression Read More