Emotional Health

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It’s hard to believe 2016 is coming to an end. Since 2017 is only a few days away, you may be thinking about your resolutions. Unfortunately, according to researchers, by mid-February most resolutions have fallen by the wayside.





During an interview this week on the Frankie Boyer show about depression, she asked me what were, in my opinion the top 3 causes of depression-my response diet, stress and physical inactivity. Diet plays a significant role in our brain function. Dietary factors should always be addressed when managing depression, as evidence demonstrates that various aspects of diet can affect the disorder.


Emotions coordinate our behavior and physiological states during survival-salient events and pleasurable interactions. Even though we are often consciously aware of our current emotional state, such as anger or happiness, the mechanisms giving rise to these subjective sensations have remained unresolved. Brilliant research by Finnish scientists has mapped the areas of our body that are experiencing an increase or decrease in sensory activity when we experience a particular emotion.


Hard to believe we’re almost half way through 2014, but we are! How are you doing? And what about those New Year’s resolutions I asked you about in January? Have you lost those extra pounds, exercised, meditated, or created the new habit, reached the goal as you intended on January 1, 2014? It’s okay if you haven’t.


Question: Dr. Elaine, I have tried and tried to get control of my thoughts. It feels like they are doing the thinking for me, and I can’t stop them. The only time I can stop worrying and thinking about something terrible happening is when I am asleep. I am a nervous wreck. My doctor wants me to take anti-anxiety medication, and I don’t want to. What can I do?


Sometimes I get messages about what I should write about and share with you. I was struck by a photo online which led me to discover an article today online describing an amazing act of forgiveness. An Iranian woman, at the gallows of her son’s murder forgave the man, seconds before his execution.

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