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Flowers- Powerful Healing for the Psyche

Herbalists speak of the different effects of plant parts and generally ascribe mentally and emotionally uplifting properties to flowers. Many of our key herbs used to alleviate anxiety and depression (and other mental health conditions) are derived from flowers: Chamomile, Lavendar, Lemon Balm, Linden flower, Magnolia, Passionflower, St. John’s Wort, Saffron (Crocus) and Skullcap are […]

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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:   View the […]

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“To sleep:  perchance to dream…”  

Sleep is something so many take for granted and yet insomnia affects a large proportion of the population, 22.1% by recent estimates .  Untreated insomnia can lead to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression and insomnia commonly occurs in those with psychiatric disorders. Treating the underlying psychiatric disorder will generally improve sleep. In the long […]

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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 […]

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Moving for Mental Health! The role of exercise in mental health treatment.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports month, and with the warmer days and more sun, it hopefully is easier for people to get motivated to move! Doctors have a tendency to overlook or understate the value of exercise in being busy to find the best treatment(s) for a patient’s ills (I include myself in […]

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Is Shift Work Affecting your Mental Health?

Circadian rhythm imbalances are at the root of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), a number of sleep disorders, jet lag, some cases of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder and Shift Work Disorder. (For more on how to address S.A.D, see my blog post  entitled ‘How to keep the Winter Blues at Bay‘. ) It is estimated that approximately […]

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