How Your Dietary and Lifestyle Habits Can Influence Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia

Our dietary and lifestyle habits play an important role in our physical and mental health. Research continues to emerge regarding the role our nutritional status plays in neurological function and decline. Alzheimer’s Dementia is on the rise, and is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly. Although more research is necessary, the presence of…

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KNOW THE RISKS | Part Two: Too Much of a Good Thing

RISKY BUSINESS: A RECAP A few weeks ago, we talked about May is Mental Health Month, the nationwide initiative to educate the public about the facts and fictions of popular mental health perception. This year, the nonprofit Mental Health America ( is spreading awareness about a concept they are calling Risky Business: We believe it’s…

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All the Little Pieces of Me

Kim has spent the last six months going from specialist to specialist. Today, as she heads into yet another office, she feels exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless; she’s spent valuable time and money trying to find the answers to her ongoing symptoms, and has been stymied at every turn. Unfortunately, the appointment today is just as…

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Conquering Your Gym Phobia

Originally published in Health & Healing in the Triangle, Vol. 19, No. 5, Health & Healing, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC, publishers. Reprinted with permission. By Katie Rickel, PhD “Me?!” My therapy client rolled her eyes and sighed. “Oh, I can’t work out in a gym! Gyms are only for fit people. Not for people like…

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Food & Mental Health

Remember that old saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, it’s true. Recent studies are discovering more and more evidence that shows that we are literally what we eat, and this is especially true for mental health. The Link Between Mental Health and Diet Roxanne Sukol, MD, a preventive medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness…

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December Focus: Holidays & Mental Health

For many people, the holiday season can be a difficult time to maintain and care for their mental health. There’s often financial, family and travel stress, not to mention the stress that can result from disruptions in routine. People are often busier during the holiday stress and their feelings of love, happiness and joy are…

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