Improve Your Mental Health and Lower Stress with Moderate Exercise

Exercise can play a very important role in recovery from depression and other mental illnesses, as well as lower our stress levels.  When we exercise our brain releases neurotransmitters or chemicals that promote a sense of well being, happiness, and calmness.  Some of the chemicals that our brain releases are like the chemicals that are used in antidepressant medications.  In …

Can Relationships Heal Eating Disorders?

New research (http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/03/23/oxytocin-shows-promise-in-treating-anorexia/67495.html) is showing some promising results of a possible new treatment approach to treating anorexia and other eating disorders.  This new research suggests the significant role that a chemical called oxytocin could play in the treatment of eating disorders.  Oxytocin is a chemical that our body releases naturally during times when we are bonding, such as in child …

Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to clean out the garage, scrub the floors, and wash the cars.  Spring is in the air!  So what are your spring cleaning traditions?  Maybe cleaning isn’t your thing.  Maybe you work in your garden, pulling out the dead from last year and making room for the new growth.  Are there more …

School Refusal: Why Doesn’t My Child Want to go to School?

School Refusal:  Why Doesn’t My Child Want to go to School? A parent can feel very frustrated when a child begins to not want to go to school.  If this happens to your child there are several of things that you can do to help your child be able to return to school.  It is important to listen to your child …

Do I or Someone I know Have an Eating Disorder

Do I or Someone I Know Have an Eating Disorder? National Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2014 With this week being the national eating disorder awareness week I think it would be appropriate to post some possible signs of an eating disorder.  A quick screening that can be used to help assess if you may need further evaluation to determine if …

Teens and Suicide: How to help your teenager from making the deadly decision

Teens and Suicides:  How to help your teenager from making the deadly decision Currently in the Denver Metro area, some high schools have had to deal with the deaths of their students’ by suicide.  Last year it was the high school that I graduated from and that my nephew attends.  Every year we hear about children and adolescents ending their lives.  These …