Category Archives: Healthy Living

7 Self-care tips for challenging times

Life can be unpredictable. Despite the best-laid plans and precautions, external events (often completely beyond our control,) can hurl your life into chaos. Family tragedies, job losses, unexpected upheavals, and natural disasters can completely upend the balance, stability, and normalcy of your daily routine. To make matters worse, traumatic events can generate an enormous amount…

What is financial abuse? This one kind of domestic violence is far more common than physical abuse

Domestic violence can come in many forms; some of the most recognizable are physical abuse or emotional abuse. While it’s important to pay attention to those kinds of intimate violence, another kind of abuse is extremely common, but much less talked about: A study by the UK Office of National Statistics found that women are far…

How to help a spouse with depression

Joanne Newman doesn’t blame her husband’s depression for her marital issues. She blames herself. “It’s me,” says the mom of two. “I basically have had to tell myself, ‘you love him, you married him… and this is the hand you’ve been dealt, so deal with it.’” It’s not an unusual position to be in. Some 14.8…

For victims of sexual harassment, the most common diagnoses are depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

“Among women who experience a sexual assault, 90 percent who experience sexual violence in the immediate aftermath exhibit symptoms of acute stress,” says Dr. Helen Wilson, a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise on the effects of trauma. “For many people, these symptoms dissipate over time through social support and coping strategies, and many people totally recover…

The hidden health effects of sexual harassment

Victims of sexual harassment often experience emotional and physical symptoms for years to come. Sexual harassment in the workplace is nothing new, but the issue is seeing a wave of recognition and attention as celebrities and former employees step up to accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Now is as good a time as…

How Harvey Weinstein reports could be triggering for survivors of sexual assault

The sexual assault claims made about Harvey Weinstein have shocked the world, with more than 30 women coming forward, including many A-listers. The revelations are distressing enough for most readers, but particularly survivors of rape, sexual assault and abuse for whom the reports may be triggering. Meena Kumari, National Lead for Domestic Violence and Abuse at independent…

Gun violence survivor talks about PTSD after Las Vegas shooting

On the heels of the Las Vegas tragedy it’s hard to forget all the other victims from mass shootings across the nation.  Pam Simon, a victim from the January 8th shooting in Tucson opens up about how images from mass shootings can retraumatize victims and bring up unwanted feelings and flashbacks years after their incident.…

Depression reduced by social belonging, feelings of inclusion

Social identity and a sense of belonging, including inclusion within neighborhood, city, and online communities, demonstrated the ability to reduce the incidence of paranoia and depression, according to research published in the Schizophrenia Bulletin. Researchers from the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, conducted 2 separate studies to assess…