Tag Archives: depression

Women Seek Mental Health Treatment Earlier Than Men

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on June 26, 2014
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Chronic illness can often lead to depression.   Women with chronic physical illnesses are more likely to use mental health services than men with similar illnesses; they also seek out mental health services 6 months earlier than men, according to […]

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Dealing With Stress: Why Are You More “Chill” Than Me?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 31, 2014
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How well do you deal with stress?   We all deal with stress differently. For many of us, stress is a great motivator, energizing us to solve life’s problems. For others, stress triggers depression. We become overwhelmed, paralyzed by hopelessness […]

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A New Anti-Depressant Mechanism Is Discovered In The Brain

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 22, 2014
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Ghrelin (a hormone produced in the stomach and intestines) has natural anti-depressant properties, say researchers.   A team of physician-scientists at UT Southwestern has identified a major mechanism by which  ghrelin – a hormone with natural anti-depressant properties – works […]

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Stressed Women Have A Harder Time Getting Pregnant, Study

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 24, 2014
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Researchers find stress can delay pregnancy and double the risk of infertility.   Having difficulty getting pregnant can be a stressful experience for any couple. For the first time, scientists have discovered that stress might play a role in infertility. […]

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New Genes For Bipolar Disorder Discovered

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 10, 2014
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The cause of bipolar disorder is not yet fully understood, but researchers have found that genetic factors play a large role.   From manic euphoria to the depths of despair – this is what extreme mood changes for people with […]

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099 Suicide & Homicide: How Stigma Kills

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 05, 2014
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The stigma of mental illness can have tragic consequences. Welcome to Episode #99 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast. This week, Dr. Zafirides explores the sensitive subjects of suicide and homicide. He explains how the stigma of mental illness prevents people from […]

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Childhood Depression Linked To Heart Disease Later In Life

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 30, 2014
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A higher rate of heart disease was also observed in the parents of depressed children.   Children with depression are more likely to be obese, smoke and be inactive, and can show the effects of heart disease as early as […]

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Does Having Children Make People Happier?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 13, 2014
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 Taking all factors into account, parents and non-parents have similar levels of life satisfaction.   Americans aged 34 to 46 with children at home rate their life satisfaction at higher levels than those without children at home, according to a report […]

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095 Existential Therapy – Death (Part 5)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 02, 2014
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Death is an important ally for appreciating life. Welcome to Episode #95 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Dr. Z continues with Part 5 of his podcast series on Existential Psychotherapy. This week, he discusses perhaps the most critical of the existential […]

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Stress and Emotional Illness: The Startling Truth (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 01, 2014
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  Even though the stigma of mental illness has improved over the last 20 years, it still prevents too many people from getting the right treatment. Failure to address emotional issues can impact physical health, job & school performance and […]

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094 Existential Therapy – Meaning (Part 4)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 20, 2013
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What is the meaning of life? Welcome to Episode #94 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Dr. Z continues with Part 4 of his podcast series on Existential Psychotherapy. This week, he discusses the important topic of Meaning. What is the meaning […]

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Sleep Apnea Drug Helps To Fight Depression

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 08, 2013
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New research offers hope to the many individuals for whom anti-depressants offer little or no relief.   A new study has found that taking the drug modafinil (Provigil), typically used to treat sleep disorders, in combination with antidepressants reduces the […]

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093 Existential Therapy – Isolation (Part 3)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 04, 2013
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Do you feel alone in the world? Welcome to Episode #93 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Dr. Z continues with Part 3 of his podcast series on Existential Psychotherapy. This week, he tackles the concept of existential isolation, or aloneness. While […]

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092 Existential Therapy – Freedom (Part 2)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 20, 2013
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Is freedom always a good thing? Welcome to Episode #92 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast. This is Part 2 of Dr. Z’s series on Existential Psychotherapy. This week, he explores the existential concept of Freedom. Freedom is always positive, right? Dr. […]

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Most Teen Mental Health Problems Go Completely Untreated (Stigma Kills)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 18, 2013
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A new Duke University study finds that only a fraction of American teenagers with mental health problems ever receives treatment.   More than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders receive no treatment of any sort, reveals a new study led […]

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Bipolar and Pregnant? What You Need To Know

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 03, 2013
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About 50% of the women in the study had worsening depressive symptoms as their blood levels of medications dropped due to pregnancy.   A common question in my practice is the impact of psychotropic medications during pregnancy on a developing […]

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091 Existential Therapy – Introduction (Part 1)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 30, 2013
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Can our search for meaning heal us? Welcome to Episode #91 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast.  Because you asked for it, Dr. Zafirides begins a multi-episode series this week on his specific area of interest and expertise – Existential Psychotherapy. […]

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Why Keeping Emotions In Check May NOT Be Good For Your Health

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 28, 2013
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When stressors are controllable, simply reframing your thoughts about the situation isn’t just less beneficial, it may be harmful.     Being able to regulate your emotions is important for well-being, but new research suggests that a common emotion regulation […]

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How Depression Affects Your Memory

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 05, 2013
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 A new Brigham Young University study finds that the more depressed someone feels, the harder it is to distinguish similar experiences they’ve had.     If you’ve ever forgotten where you parked the car, you know the feeling. There you […]

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089 Why Persistence Is The Key To Success

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 04, 2013
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Even when fear and self-doubt sets in, KEEP GOING! Welcome to Episode #89 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast.  This week, Dr. Zafirides discusses the amazing power of persistence. He explains why persistence is the key to any success in our […]

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Can Anger Worsen My Depression?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 28, 2013
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 A new study finds that depression accompanied by anger and irritability can lead to a worse prognosis, lower quality of life.     People whose major depression is accompanied by irritability and anger have a worse prognosis than do people […]

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088 Why You Can’t Sleep and How To Fix It! (Rebroadcast)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 25, 2013
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Back by popular demand, one of The Healthy Mind’s “Essential” episodes. Welcome to Episode #58 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast. This week, Dr. Z explores the topic of insomnia.  Dr. Z discusses the various ways we undermine a good night’s sleep […]

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087 Why Does Depression Hurt So Much?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 18, 2013
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The pain of depression is both emotional and physical.  Welcome to Episode #87 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast.  This week, Dr. Zafirides explains why depression hurts so much – emotionally and physically. He shows how depression changes us, making even the […]

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Think You Know Everything About Your Partner? Think Again!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 10, 2013
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Even in committed relationships, people hide issues of money, addiction, health or personal failures from each other.     How well do you really know your partner? How well do they know you? According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, the […]

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085 The 3 Most Important Words In Any Relationship

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 28, 2013
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What 3 words have the power to completely transform your personal and business relationships? Welcome to Episode #85 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast.  This week, Dr. Z discusses the importance of proper communication in all our relationships. He’ll reveal […]

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Stress: A Cause Of Breast Cancer?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 25, 2013
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In an unexpected finding, scientists have linked the activation of a stress gene in immune-system cells to the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body.     Ohio State University researchers say the study suggests a specific […]

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084 Fixing Psychiatry For Good (Dr. Nassir Ghaemi Interview)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 23, 2013
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Has psychiatry progressed at all in the last 100 years? Welcome to 8/21/13 episode of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast. This week, I welcome psychiatrist and New York Times Bestselling author, Dr. Nassir Ghaemi to discuss his beautiful essay, Letter To A […]

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083 Stress, Chronic Pain… and Mosquitoes?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 15, 2013
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What does stress do to your body?  Welcome to 8/14/13 episode of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides podcast.  Can the stress in your life lead to physical pain? Absolutely. This week, Dr. Z discusses the role stress plays in our physical health and […]

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5 Mental Illnesses Share A Common Genetic Link

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 12, 2013
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In a sweeping study, scientists discover a genetic link between depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia and autism.    The root cause of emotional illnesses such as bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, autism and ADHD is not fully understood. Additionally, the precise degree […]

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What Nightlight Color Improves Your Mood?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 10, 2013
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When it comes to some of the health hazards of light at night, a new study suggests that the color of the light can make a big difference.     In a newly-published animal study, Ohio State University researchers found […]

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082 The Secret To Breaking Bad Habits

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 08, 2013
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If you know something’s bad for you, why can’t you just stop? Welcome to 8/8/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides.  Bad habits interrupt your life and can get in the way of reaching your goals. They can also be bad for […]

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Researchers Discover A New Way To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 04, 2013
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Clinical trials could begin within the next few years, say Vanderbilt University researchers.     Chemically modified inhibitors of the COX-2 enzyme relieve anxiety behaviors in by activating natural “endocannabinoids” without gastrointestinal side effects, Vanderbilt University scientists will report next week. […]

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081 End Stigma: Don’t Apologize For Your Depression!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 31, 2013
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Realize the true strength within you! Welcome to 07/31/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z addresses the stigma associated with emotional illness. Stigma Kills – and it must end. If you suffer from depression, anxiety or any […]

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The Ups And Downs Of Bipolar Disorder (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 27, 2013
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All of us experience changes in our mood. From happiness and excitement to anger and sadness, the normal ups and downs of our emotions are part of what makes us uniquely human.   But for people living with Bipolar Disorder, […]

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Can Fish Oil Reduce (Or Even Prevent) Physical Pain?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 17, 2013
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An ingredient found in fish oil not only alleviated the pain, but also reduced nerve swelling following an injury.   A Duke University study revealed that a derivative of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a main ingredient of over-the-counter fish oil supplements, […]

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Stress And Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 07, 2013
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  Stress – all of us know the feeling. Sometimes stress can be positive, motivating you to get things done. But most of the time, stress can be a very negative force, with far-reaching consequences. Multiple studies (HERE, HERE and HERE) […]

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Does Vitamin D Improve Your Mood?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on June 25, 2013
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Many health experts consider the benefits of vitamin D to be one of the most important health discoveries of the past 100 years.     In women who have type 2 diabetes and show signs of depression, vitamin D supplements significantly lowered blood pressure […]

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Why Depression In Menopause Is Bad For Your Heart

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on June 15, 2013
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An increased risk of heart disease and diabetes is identified in postmenopausal women suffering with depression.    Postmenopausal women who suffer from depression or use antidepressant medication might be more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI), larger waist […]

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076 Weight Gain and Depression: What’s The Connection?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on June 06, 2013
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Welcome to 6/5/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses the link between weight gain and depression. Can obesity actually cause depression? Dr. Z breaks down the very latest research and explains it to you in such […]

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What Form Of Talk Therapy Is Best For Depression?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on June 02, 2013
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Researchers found that ALL forms of psychotherapy are beneficial and no single form of therapy was better than any of the others.     These new findings (published in PLOS Medicine) are important as they suggest that patients with depression should […]

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075 Do Antidepressants Really Work?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 29, 2013
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By looking at depression as “the sore throat of psychiatry”, we can better answer that question.  Welcome to 5/29/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. What does a sore throat have to do with depression? It may very well be the key […]

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Do Migraines and Depression Shrink Your Brain?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 22, 2013
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On average, individuals with both medical conditions had brains that were 19 milliliters smaller than those without either condition.      Older people with a history of migraines and depression may have smaller brain tissue volumes than people with only one or […]

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Can Emotional Illness Shorten Your Life?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 20, 2013
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The greatest risk to mortality (80% of deaths) comes from increases in cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases – not suicide.      The impact of emotional illness is both psychological and physical. Researchers have found significant increases in disease burden of common […]

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074 Chronic Pain: Forget What They Say…You CAN Break Free!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 15, 2013
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Step One: Forget everything you know about chronic pain. Welcome to 5/15/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, I discuss the mind-body relationship between our emotions and physical pain. You’ll learn how our brain uses physical pain as a […]

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073 Beating Fear: Lessons From A Diving Board

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 08, 2013
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Is  fear and doubt holding you back?  Welcome to 5/8/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z dives in to the topic of fear. Using a story about a life lesson learned from a diving board, he takes […]

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072 Family Conflict: Why We Hurt The Ones We Love

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on May 01, 2013
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Anger doesn’t have to destroy your family. Welcome to 5/1/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z takes on the topic of family conflict and anger.  Why do we tend to hurt the ones we love the most? […]

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DO IT!! Being Forced To Exercise Still Reduces Stress and Anxiety

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 27, 2013
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Being forced to exercise may still help reduce anxiety and depression just as exercising voluntarily does.     We all know that exercise does our mind and body good. In addition to protection against stress-related disorders,  previous research has shown […]

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Is Depression Contagious??

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 23, 2013
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This risk factor can be used to predict which individuals are likely to experience a depressive episode in the future, even if they’ve never had a depressive episode before.      A new study with college roommates shows that a […]

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071 The “Noise” Of Depression

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 18, 2013
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Is depression getting in the way of your happiness? Welcome to 4/17/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z explains the way that he has come to best understand depression and anxiety – “Noise”. Be prepared to be […]

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Reducing Existential Anxiety… with Tylenol???

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 16, 2013
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The findings in this study advances our understanding of how the human brain processes different kinds of pain.       University of British Columbia researchers have found a new potential use for the over-the-counter pain drug Tylenol. Typically known to […]

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070 The Rage Chronicles: Why Am I So Angry?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 11, 2013
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Has anger taken control of your life? Welcome to 4/10/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Anger is a completely normal human emotion. But when it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to serious problems. This week, […]

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Treatment-Resistant Depression: A New Approach Offers Real Hope

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on April 09, 2013
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A significant and rapid reduction of depression was experienced by 85% of the participants in this University of Bonn study.     After months of deep sadness, a smile appears on this young woman’s face. For many years, she had […]

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068 Unleash Your Inner Strength: You CAN Do This!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 22, 2013
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Never doubt how truly powerful you are! Welcome to 3/20/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week Dr. Z discusses the true strength each of us possesses – even though we may doubt (or deny) it even exists at all! […]

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Antidepressants During Pregnancy Don’t Affect Infant Growth, Study

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 20, 2013
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Infant weight and length over first year aren’t impacted by antidepressant exposure.     Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants taken by a woman during pregnancy do not impact an infant’s growth over the first year, reports a new study […]

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Depression In Childhood Linked To Heart Problems

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 16, 2013
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Childhood depression appears to influence the presence of cardiac risk factors during adolescence.    Teens who were depressed as children are far more likely than their peers to be obese, smoke cigarettes and lead sedentary lives, even if they no […]

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067 Setting Limits: Why You Can’t Say No and How To Fix It

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 13, 2013
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Does your life feel like it is out of control? Welcome to 3/13/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z tackles the subject of setting healthy limits and boundaries. He talks about the dangers of not being able […]

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Is This Substance The Key To Happiness?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 10, 2013
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   What makes you happy? Family? Money? Love?   What if all it took to be happy was… a protein???   Despite all the advancements in understanding the science of emotion, the neurochemical changes underlying human emotions and social behavior […]

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066 The Biology Of Depression (Dr. Vladimir Maletic Interview)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 06, 2013
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Welcome to 3/6/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. It is my sincere honor and privilege to welcome Vladimir Maletic, MD to the program.  An internationally-recognized neuroscientist, Dr. Maletic’s research has been instrumental in fundamentally changing our understanding of the origins […]

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Study: ADHD Remains A Serious Problem For Adults

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on March 03, 2013
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Sobering results from a new study finds that ADHD doesn’t just “go away” in adulthood.   The first large, population-based study to follow children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood is quite ominous in its findings. The study found […]

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063 Stressed Out? 3 Powerful Steps To A More Relaxed You

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on February 14, 2013
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Has stress and anxiety taken over your life? Welcome to 2/13/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Do you feel stressed out?? Today’s world is loaded with stress. And if we’re not careful, it can take a huge toll on our […]

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Doctors Miss Alcohol Problems 75% Of The Time

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on February 13, 2013
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Brief screening questions far outperforms clinical intuition in identifying people with alcohol problems.     By relying on hunches rather than posing a few screening questions, primary care clinicians may be missing three-fourths of the alcohol problems in their patients, […]

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062 Why Freedom Scares Us (And Why That’s OK)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on February 06, 2013
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Are you in control of your life?  Welcome to 2/6/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z explores the topic of Existential Freedom – while we are ultimately free to choose our unique path in life, we must […]

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061 The Placebo Effect: Why Belief Is Powerful Medicine

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 31, 2013
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Using the mind, we can heal our body. Welcome to 1/30/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z explores the power of the placebo effect and what it can teach us about our potential for self-healing.  He reviews fascinating new […]

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060 Bad Habits: What You Need To Know To Break Free

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 23, 2013
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Why are bad habits so hard to break? Welcome to 1/23/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses how (and why) we develop bad habits. The answers will definitely leave you surprised! Armed with the latest research, […]

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Loneliness Is Bad For Our Health

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 20, 2013
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New research links loneliness to immune system problems and increased inflammation.       Loneliness and isolation can affect your quality of life – leading to emotional distress and depression. According to the latest research from Ohio State University (OSU), loneliness […]

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059 You’re Not Crazy, You’re Human!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 16, 2013
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Stigma kills – and why it must end. Welcome to 1/16/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses the topic of stigma associated with emotional illness and it’s treatment.  Even today in 2013, stigma continues to limit […]

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Diet Soda Linked To Increased Risk Of Depression

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 08, 2013
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 Sweetened drinks also increased depression risk but at a lower rate, say researchers.     New research suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults while drinking coffee was tied […]

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057 Setting Goals: 3 Steps To A Healthier You!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on January 03, 2013
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Tired of all your half-finished projects? It’s time to do something about it! Welcome to 1/2/13 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. With the new year upon us, Dr. Z explores the psychology of goal setting. He discusses why sometimes – […]

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Depression and Inflammation: Another Link Is Discovered

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 27, 2012
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Elevated levels of C-reactive protein appear associated with psychological distress and depression in adults.     Over the last year here ere at The Healthy Mind, we have reviewed the results of several studies (HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) which suggest a link between depression and inflammation. […]

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Childhood Bullying Alters The Expression Of Genes Linked To Mood

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 18, 2012
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Bullying among children may be a biological threat to their future mental health. A recent study by a researcher at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at the University of Montreal suggests that bullying by peers changes the […]

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Depression In Men Linked To Higher Rates Of Hospitalization

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 10, 2012
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Additionally, hospital stays were twice as long when depression was present.     A new, large-scale study reveals the ominous impact of clinical depression on men’s physical health. Researchers have found that depressed older men have a twofold risk of […]

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Feeling Anxious? Why Anger May Be The Culprit.

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 08, 2012
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Anger may play a much larger role in anxiety disorders than was previously thought, say Concordia University researchers.      Anger is a powerful emotion with serious health consequences. A new study from Concordia University shows that for millions of […]

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054 Mindfulness: The Power Of The Present Moment

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on December 05, 2012
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Welcome to 12/5/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses the power of present moment awareness to achieve success and overcome the obstacles that prevent us from reaching our goals. He reviews some of the very common […]

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053 Subliminal Secrets: The Psychology of Persuasion

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 28, 2012
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Welcome to 11/28/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z explores the psychology of subliminal persuasion. Dr. Z reviews some very interesting research that explores some of the secret methods used to influence human behavior outside of our […]

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Are Negative Thoughts Bothering You? Just Throw Them Away!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 27, 2012
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When individuals threw their thoughts away, they simply didn’t consider them anymore.     If you want to get rid of unwanted, negative thoughts, try just ripping them up and tossing them in the trash.   In a new study, […]

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Stress Management Discussions Are Rare In Primary Care Setting

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 19, 2012
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Stress management counseling is the least common type of physician counseling in primary care.     Stress is everywhere today. Modern life is full of demands, deadlines, hassles and frustrations. If we don’t manage our stress properly, mind and body can pay a […]

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051 Emotions & Unexplained Physical Symptoms

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 15, 2012
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Welcome to 11/14/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses the role of psychological factors play in so-called “unexplained” physical illnesses. He discusses how traditional western medicine doesn’t always have the answers to even some of the […]

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Family Stress May Sensitize Infant Girls’ Brains For Later Anxiety

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 11, 2012
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    High levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls, according to new results of a long-running study by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists.   The study highlights evidence […]

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050 Stress & Illness: How Thoughts Affect Our Health

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on November 08, 2012
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Can emotions cause physical pain and illness? Welcome to the 50th EPISODE of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides!! This week, Dr. Z reviews the very latest research regarding the effect of stress on our health. He discusses how our thoughts and emotions […]

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049 How Persistence and Perseverance Heals Us

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 31, 2012
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Overcoming the barriers in our pursuit of a healthier, happier life. Welcome to Episode #49 of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses the importance of persistence and perseverance in our journey to optimal health. He explains how negative […]

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048 Forgiveness: The Key To Healing Our Pain

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 24, 2012
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We begin to heal the moment we let go of anger.  Welcome to 10/24/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z explores the healing power of forgiveness. Science has only recently begun to understand how forgiveness leads to better […]

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047 Why Your Subconscious Mind Is So Powerful

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 17, 2012
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How much of our behavior is truly under our conscious control?  Welcome to 10/17/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Prepared to be surprised as Dr. Z explores the topic of our subconscious mind and the amazing power hidden within this part […]

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Creativity and Emotional Illness: Another Link Emerges

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 16, 2012
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People in artistic or scientific professions were more likely to suffer from emotional illness.     People in creative professions are treated for mental illness more often than the general population. This was the finding from researchers at Karolinska Institutet […]

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046 Has Psychiatry Lost Its Soul?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 10, 2012
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Did psychiatry forget about the power of psychotherapy? Welcome to 10/10/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Coming off the heels of a highly successful mind-body conference in New York City, Dr. Z reflects back on the highlights of the meeting. Additionally, […]

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How Ketamine Defeats Chronic Depression

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 04, 2012
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“The biggest breakthrough in depression research” in the last 50 years.   Many chronically depressed and treatment-resistant patients experience immediate relief from symptoms after taking small amounts of the drug ketamine. For a decade, scientists have been trying to explain […]

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045 When Stress Causes Pain – Dr. Lew Aron Interview

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on October 03, 2012
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Psychoanalysis and Freud in the 21st Century – it’s not what you think it is! Welcome to 10/3/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Zafirides welcomes Dr. Lew Aron to the program. Dr. Aron is the Director of the New York […]

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042 When Stress Causes Pain – Dr. David Clarke Interview

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 13, 2012
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Is stress making you sick? Welcome to 9/5/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, I am honored to have Dr. David Clarke joins me on the podcast to discuss how stress causes physical pain and illness. Dr. Clarke is Clinical […]

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041 Seasonal Affective Disorder: Do You Have SAD?

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 05, 2012
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Do you suffer from Seasonal Depression? You are not alone. Welcome to 9/5/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Fall is almost here – and the days getting shorter and shorter. For many, this is a wonderful time of the year.  For […]

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How an Anti-Inflammatory Drug Offers New Hope…for Depression

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 03, 2012
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A drug used to treat Crohn’s Disease relieves symptoms of depression.     The link between inflammation and depression continues to grow stronger. In the latest study out of Emory University, scientists have found that a medication with anti-inflammatory properties […]

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Chronic Stress is Linked to High Risk of Stroke

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on September 01, 2012
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Life stressors and Type A personality traits increased stroke risk independently of factors such as gender or an unhealthy lifestyle.     Are you still putting off getting started on that mindfulness meditation or registering for that yoga class down […]

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Happiness Gene Discovered In Women

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 28, 2012
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 This finding may help explain why women are often happier than men.      A new study has found a gene that appears to make women happy, but it doesn’t seem to work for men.    Scientists at the University […]

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Chronic Stress Exposure in Fathers Leads to Anxiety Disorders in Daughters – Study

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 26, 2012
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The potential implications are stunning, as anxiety risks were found to be passed down across multiple generations.     Do you suffer from an anxiety disorder? Do you struggle terribly in social situations? If you answered “Yes” to either question and […]

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How Stress Damages Your DNA

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 19, 2012
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New research reveals how stress leads to a higher risk of both physical and emotional illness.      Acute stress can directly alter our DNA. As a result, the activity of certain genes will change as well. These are the latest […]

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038 Stop Negative Thinking: You Deserve Happiness!

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 15, 2012
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Is your glass half-empty or half-full?   Welcome to 8/15/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. This week, Dr. Z discusses the effect of positive and negative thought patterns in our overall health. He discusses how negative thought patterns arise and how […]

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037 Stress and Illness: How Anxiety Attacks Your Body

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 08, 2012
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Welcome to 8/8/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Stress is everywhere today. Left unchecked, stress not only causes emotional distress, but stress can cause physical disease. In this week’s podcast, Dr. Z discusses the very latest research on how stress, […]

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Study: Even Mild Depression and Anxiety Can Kill You

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 04, 2012
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A large-scale study has found that having even mild mental health problems results in a lower life expectancy.     One of the missions of The Healthy Mind is to emphasize the importance of the mind-body connection. The importance of […]

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036 Internet Addiction: The Dark Side of Our Digital World

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on August 02, 2012
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Are You Addicted to the Internet?  Welcome to 8/2/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. While time spent online can be wonderfully productive, compulsive internet use can interfere with daily life, work, and relationships. This week, Dr. Z tackles the topic […]

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035 Beating Insomnia: 3 Essential Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 26, 2012
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Welcome to 7/25/12 podcast of The Healthy Mind with Dr. Zafirides. Do you suffer from insomnia? Are you worried about what type of sleep you will get this evening? Well, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! This week Dr. Zafirides tackles the subject of insomnia. […]

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How Insomnia Damages Your Health (INFOGRAPHIC)

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 21, 2012
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About 20% of Americans average less than 6 hours of sleep per night.   All of us know the importance of a good night’s sleep. But for too many of tonight, sleep will not come easy, nor will it be […]

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Attention Parents! Putting Children First May Ruin Your Health

By Peter Zafirides, M.D. on July 14, 2012
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Mothers whose lives revolve around their children are putting themselves at greater risk for mental health problems, a new study suggests.       Does being an “intense mother” make women unhappy? According to a new University of Mary Washington study, women […]

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