News You Can Use
This new section will have news, research and interesting factoids!
Check back every few weeks to see what I’ve added here.
Listen to my latest radio interviews and read my latest interviews:
Feeling unprepared to deal with family over the holidays? My guide to navigating family dynamics can help you focus on the fun stuff and approach these special times with more ease. After all, holidays should be about enjoying our loved ones, not dreading them!
The healing power of music - Check out this terrific article "Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Through Music" in the New York Times.
For teens in crisis: Crisis Support Services of Alameda County has a texting service especially for teens: http://www.crisissupport.org
Check out this blog Blog -The Key to Helping Teens Cope with Traumatic Events: Connection
People Who Get Prompt Physical Therapy For Knee, Shoulder, Or Lower Back Pain May Have Less Need For Opioids, Researchers Say.
HealthDay (12/14, Norton) reported, “People who get prompt physical therapy for pain in the knee, shoulder or lower back may have less need for opioid” analgesics, research indicated. The 89,000 US patient-study revealed that “people given physical therapy for their pain were seven percent to 16 percent less likely to fill a prescription for an opioid.” The findings were published online in JAMA Network Open. Healio (12/14, Laday) also covered the study. ( From The Cleveland Clinic’s Rheumatology Daily Briefing December 17, 2018.)
No Sick Leave?
Workers without paid sick leave are more likely to experience psychological distress than those who take time off work when they became ill, finds a study in American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Researchers examined data from nearly 180,00 respondents to the National Health Interview Survey, 41 percent of whom did not have paid sick leave. Those workers were more likely to experience sadness, hopelessness, nervousness and other distress symptoms than were workers with paid sick leave, even after controlling for physical health, alcohol use, sleep and other variables.” ( From Monitor on Psychology, In Brief: December 2017. P 12)
Sleep Matters! Did you know?
New research shows that sleeping well helps us stay healthy as we age. “Increasingly, scientists are discovering that how much and how well you sleep throughout adulthood can be a big factor in how healthy you stay into your golden years. Insufficient sleep increases the risk of disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, stroke and depression. It’s also associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. “We see very large changes to sleep physiology with aging“ says Michael Skyland PhD an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University who studies sleep neuroscience and cognition.… “We have 50 years of data showing that people who sleep between seven and eight hours live the longest. That relationship doesn’t change too much with age.“ Says psychologist Michael Grandner, PhD Director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona. The quality of sleep you get is as important as the quantity. Other research showed that after two weeks of being forced to cut back to just six hours of sleep per night participants cognitive functions suffered they generally book believe they did up to do the shorter sleep and didn’t realize how much it change their performance. (Sleep,Vol. 26, No. 2, 2003).Hans Van Dongen, PhD To read more: sleep and human aging Mander, BA, Winer, J.R.&Walker,M.P. Neuron, 2017. (Abstracted from Kirsten Weir, Monitor on Psychology 2017 October, The Power of Restorative Sleep p. 38 -43.)
Brainstorming in Groups - is it effective?
Did you know that recent research has shown that individualized brainstorming that is later shared with a work group is more likely to elicit innovation and creative solutions than starting in a large group brainstorming? Leigh Thompson, a management professor at the Kellogg School, conducted a study on traditional brainstorming methods andfound that only a few people do 60–75% of the talking.
Interested in effective brainstorming? Check out Leigh Thompson's online article: Brainstorming Doesn’t Work, try this technique instead.
Tips for Coping with Disaster, Trauma, and PTSD
The American Group Psychotherapy Association has created blogs, articles and maintains updated information to help cope with disasters.
This free resource is available in the Outreach Resource section of the website, AGPA.org.
Here is another good PTSD resource from The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
On The Lighter Side
If you love Excel (or not) and art, check out this amazing artist: Tatsuo Horiuchi