October Blog: National Homemade Cookie Day

October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day.  There is great debate about what constitutes “homemade.”  Whether you believe “homemade” means baking your cookies from scratch with eggs gathered from your own chickens and butter churned by hand, or breaking prepared cookie dough apart to bake, find some time to make some.  Fresh baked cookies are a great way to spend 20 minutes, or an entire day, with your loved ones. 

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August Blog: Friendship Day

Friends help make life enjoyable.  Friends can be a relative, a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a work friend, your significant other or your spouse.  Anyone can be a friend.  A friend is someone you can trust and has your back all the time.  They can be near or far, even in other countries. 

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June Blog: Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

I remember having migraines as a little girl, my earliest memory of one being when I was seven and hospitalized. I had thrown up so much I became significantly dehydrated and had to get an IV. My parents say my migraines had actually started even younger than that. They say they wouldn’t wish migraines upon anyone as it can completely stop you in your tracks and come on with no notice. Often times the doctors would ask me to write down the days, times and symptoms of the migraines and then bring that in to see if there were any patterns, but there never were. This went on throughout my college years and early adulthood.

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May Blog: Parkinson’s Disease

When I was asked to write this blog, I was initially at a loss for subject matter. I considered writing about golf, but then figured I would lose most people about as quickly as I lose them if I ask them to watch a tournament with me. Like most of my family…

Then my wife suggested that I write about Parkinson’s Disease, with which I am newly diagnosed. I can always count on her to make great suggestions! So, let’s get to it with a definition of what it is.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

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April Blog: Happiness. Wellness. Balance.

The idea of having a “happy life” is one that many idolize and strive for as though it is an attainable goal or end point. In reality, happiness is a journey (cliché, I know) that is made up of many different components that point to wellness, as opposed to outright happiness, in light of emotional, physical, financial, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, sexual, social, and occupational (or some combination of these) parts.

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March Blog: Brain Awareness Week, March 11-15

As Brain Awareness Week approaches, the neuroscientist in me is inspired to talk about some of the tools we have available to optimize anyone’s neurological functioning. The field of neuroscience is exploding with new discoveries for healing dysfunction and advancing performance. At NINH, two of the applications we have available are Neurofeedback and Constant Therapy.

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February Blog: Combatting Stress With Mindfulness

working in the mental health field can carry a weighted burden. Specializing in the treatment of trauma means we are front and center with hard turns and complex tasks with individuals facing incredible vulnerabilities in their lives. Day after day, after, day.

Enter Stress.

The stress of high demands, standards of excellence and empathic personality types.

What of the ultimate impact?

I found a specific article from WebMD whose title said it all: “Stress Breaks Hearts.” (by Daniel J. DeNoon/09/20/2007).

Yep.

And what’s worse --telling someone you are “feeling stressed” loses potency, fast, because that phrase has become as common as grass. (Or more regionally appropriate: trees).

Simply put – it’s our ‘new normal’.

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