Mental Health

Healthy behavior contagious among women, study shows

December 14th, 2010 - By Katherine Marley, Medill News Service

Say you’re out to lunch with girlfriends, and craving a burger but everyone orders a salad—would you order a salad too? A study published last in BioMed Central’s open access International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity suggests you would.

Kylie Ball, associate professor at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, worked with a team of researchers to survey 3,610 Australian women. The women, ages 18-46, were asked to rate how much they agreed with statements like “I often see other people walking in my neighborhood” and “Lots of women I know eat fast food often.”

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Meditation isn’t just about relaxing

December 10th, 2010 - By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune (MCT)


Meditation is a brain-boosting, stress-busting activity that is now embraced by everyone from the U.S. military to corporate executives. And if you’re living a busy, hectic life—and can’t fathom finding time to sit cross-legged in a quiet room—you’re an ideal candidate too.

“If you don’t have 30 minutes to meditate, you probably need an hour,” said Tamara Gerlach, a San Francisco-based meditation student and teacher. “The people who race through their life are usually the ones who could use some focus and serenity.”

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ASIST at Porter Education Rehab Campus

December 8th, 2010 - By Get Healthy Staff

From the Get Healthy Inbox—We’re committed to keeping you informed on health care news and ideas throughout the region and nation. Here’s today’s recommendation, submitted by A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH):

ASIST is a two-day suicide first-aid workshop offering practical training for professional and non-professional community caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

ASIST is designed to help all caregivers become more comfortable, competent and confident when dealing with persons at risk. Suicide can be prevented through the actions of prepared caregivers. Just as CPR skills make physical first aid possible, training in suicide intervention develops the skills used in suicide first aid.

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Book chronicles Merrillville family’s journey with autism

December 6th, 2010 - By Carrie Rodovich


When Jad Terrebonne’s son, Paul, was diagnosed with autism more than two decades ago, he felt like someone had taken a hammer and shattered all his dreams.

“It was a shock to us,” he said. “I grew up in a ‘boys world’ and had that dream of hunting and fishing with him, like I did with my father. I really struggled with that for a long time.”

Jad Terrebonne recently self–published What About Paul? How I Gave Up My Broken Dreams detailing his family’s journey with Paul, now 27. Terrebonne’s wife, Rachelle, and his daughter, Amy Terrebonne Luarca, also contributed chapters to the book.The book is available through

After the initial surprise of Paul’s diagnosis wore off, Terrebonne said the family made it a priority to help Paul get all the services he needed. “I said I was going to fight to see that he could reach all of his potential,” he said.

Feng Shui: Life-changing or pseudoscience?

December 3rd, 2010 - By Katherine Marley, Medill News Service

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics that some people believe will improve their lives. But others consider feng shui pseudoscience.

Common feng shui practices include arranging furniture so that one’s back is toward a wall, instilling a sense of protection and control and maximizing the amount of natural light in a home or office to remain connected with nature. Practitioners market feng shui to reduce stress and improve health and concentration.

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Gearing up and down for the holiday season

December 1st, 2010 - By Jan Jarvis, McClatchy Newspapers

‘Tis the season for racing through the mall, staying up late decorating the tree and spending all weekend baking cookies. But it does not have to be that way.

A simpler holiday season could be in your future. It is possible to slow things down, focus on what matters and toss aside those so-called traditions that have lost their meaning. Instead of ending up exhausted and depressed, you could wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take in all the meaningful moments that this time of the year offers.

Here’s some ways to get you started.

Think happy thoughts

Join the Happiness Project and in no time you’ll be spreading holiday cheer.

Gretchen Rubin spent a year test-driving theories on how to achieve happiness and turned the results into her best-selling book The Happiness Project. You’ll find plenty of info there, but she also has a website packed with inspirational quotes, articles and advice your mother probably never gave you.

Yoga may be better at reducing anxiety and lifting mood than other forms of exercise, study finds

November 28th, 2010 - By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Yoga has many proven health benefits, but does it stand up to other forms of exercise? Researchers pitted it against a walking routine and found that those who practiced yoga showed greater improvements in mood and anxiety.

Researchers randomly assigned 19 people to an Iyengar yoga program and 15 to a metabolically matched regular walking regimen.

Both groups took part in the programs for an hour three times a week for 12 weeks. Study participants were tested several times to measure mood and anxiety.

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Angry America—Mad is bad when it come to your health

November 24th, 2010 - By Marilynn Preston, The Bryan Times

Sam is a sweet guy—but put him traffic, and watch him explode. He gets mad in traffic jams, mad at stupid drivers, even mad at himself for choosing the slowest lane.

Lisa has a hair trigger, too, when it comes to venting distress. Her pet peeve? Rude people who talk on cell phones within earshot of her. “I can hear you!” she bellows. Who said two wrongs don’t make a right?

The 2010 election certainly revealed a high level of anger and frustration among millions of voters in and out of the tea party. People are stressed about too much spending, too little spending, our rising debt, our falling stature worldwide. Add to this the everyday challenges of relationships, kids and bills, and you’ve got a tsunami of upset, a tornado of tension that we see all around us, whether it’s expressed as road rage or hate crimes or bullying in schools.

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US survey: 1 in 10 kids has ADHD, awareness cited

November 22nd, 2010 - By Associated Press

A government survey says 1 in 10 U.S. children has ADHD, a sizable increase from a few years earlier that researchers think might be explained by growing awareness and better screening.

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, makes it hard for kids to pay attention and control impulsive behavior. It’s often treated with drugs, behavioral therapy, or both.

The new study found that about two-thirds of the children who have ADHD are on medication.

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Study: Major acne problem may raise suicide risk

November 19th, 2010 - By Associated Press

People receiving treatment for severe acne may be at higher risk of attempting suicide, but that is probably caused by depression linked to the condition and not the drug, a new study says.

Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute studied data from nearly 6,000 people who were prescribed the drug isotretinoin between 1980 and 1989. Isotretinoin is sold under names including Accutane, Roaccutane, Clarus, Decutan and others. The medication has been commonly prescribed to treat serious acne since the 1980s.

The scientists said it was more probable that mental health problems linked to patients’ severe acne explained the higher suicide risk rather than the drug treatment. They suspected patients whose acne improved after treatment might still be depressed if there were no major improvements in their social lives.

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