Author Archive | Krista

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS

Holding a grudge often leads to stress, anger, and revenge fantasies that only serve to increase blood pressure, heart disorders, anxiety, depression, and compensatory habits (such as over-eating) that are undertaken in attempts to escape the pain. By forgiving those who have hurt us, we can help ourselves to better physical and mental outcomes. However, […]

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SHAKEN TO THE CORE

New research suggests that trauma may be linked with a higher risk of developing heart disease, especially among post-menopausal women. According to the study, women who experienced three traumatic events in their lifetimes had poorer heart function than those who had fewer traumatic experiences. More specifically, researchers found that the “endothelial function” (the layer of […]

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EXCESSIVE DAYDREAMING

We are all prone to daydreaming when our immediate surroundings or activity invite us to take momentary refuge in our own fanciful thoughts as a means of escape. While daydreaming can be a useful activity that fosters imagination, excessive daydreaming can interfere with normal functioning or ability to relate to others. The term “maladaptive daydreaming” […]

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IN A PANIC

“Panic disorder” affects two to three percent of the U.S. population annually, with women being twice as likely to be affected as men. Individuals with this disorder experience a racing heart, an inability to think clearly, and sweating for no obvious reason. Because these attacks occur spontaneously, those affected live in fear that they may […]

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GENDER-SPECIFIC APPROACH TO THERAPY

As one might imagine, a recent study of how men and women approach therapy reveals that women like psychotherapy more than men do. Researchers also noted that men were more apt to join support groups than women were. Perhaps this is due to the notion that women place high emphasis on sharing emotion, while men […]

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ADOLESCENCE AND FRIENDSHIP

Adults often say that they forged their most important and long-lasting friendships during childhood. These early relationships are important because research shows that teenagers with close friends tend to adapt better to stress, feel happier due to an increased feeling of uniqueness, are likely to do better academically, tend to have higher self-esteem, and are […]

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DECLUTTERING MAY CLEAR THE MIND

While we all tend to hold on to old items of clothing, papers, and other things, some people take their collections of possessions to the extreme. Not only is “hoarding” a psychiatric disorder, but it is also linked with problems in relationships and/or the ability to function at work. Excessive acquisition of items and the […]

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SUPPORTING CANCER SURVIVORS

Lending support to cancer patients increases their chances of survival. That is the important message for cancer patients, their families, and friends that has emerged from a study involving 4,691 cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy. Among those cancer patients who survived cancer for at least 5 years after completing the treatment, engaging in regular social […]

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A WEIGHTY MATTER

Stress is unhealthy for mind and body. When we experience stress or trauma, our bodies release a hormone called “cortisol.” Normally, levels of this “stress hormone” are highest in the morning and decrease as the day goes on. However, those who experience chronic stress and/or have a history of trauma have smaller declines in their […]

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PREVENTING DEPRESSION RELAPSE

As effective as antidepressant medications and talk therapy may be, an estimated 50 to 80 percent of people suffering from depression experience repeated bouts of depression without ongoing treatment. However, new research suggests that a hybrid form of psychotherapy, known as “mindfulness-based cognitive therapy” (MBCT), can be used to effectively lower the risk of depression […]

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