Before reading my response, please see Dr. Friedman's article in the New York Times (10/13/13): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/shrinking-hours.html
In my practice, I often suggest pharmacogenomic testing to help patients avoid severe side effects of medication. Such genetic testing can also help patients select medication that has a higher likelihood of being effective.
Love is a very powerful emotion. A loving, healthy relationship is a source of happiness, and provides a sense of well-being and security for both partners. This is what makes break-ups and divorce so difficult. It isn’t just the loss of a partner, the day-to-day routines and quirks - it is also the loss of a strong source of happiness and security.
Happiness is an important component to emotional health. Happiness sets the world in shining light, and the brightness of the light affects our perception of our morning coffee, our interactions with others, the goals we set for ourselves, and the goals we’ve achieved.
Eating disorders are a set of conditions that are characterized by insufficient or excessive food intake. These eating patterns can have serious consequences to both the physical and mental health of the person suffering from an eating disorder.
Binge eating is a type of eating disorder characterized by consuming large amounts of food on a regular basis. While those with binge eating disorder often wish to stop this behavior, they experience overwhelming compulsions that prevent them from doing so.
Bulimia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder characterized by periods of excessive food intake (binging) followed by attempts to empty their body of the food contents (purging). People with bulimia often feel a loss of control before a binge and extreme anxiety immediately after, which is relieved by purging.
Anorexia Nervosa is a type of eating disorder characterized by intense fear of gaining weight, inadequate caloric intake, and a distorted body image. Those suffering from anorexia go to great lengths to achieve and maintain a weight that is significantly below average for their height.
Stress can have many different sources, from someone cutting us off in traffic or failing to hold the door for us, to work deadlines, to expectations friends and loved ones have for us.
The transition from a hospital setting back to the day-to-day routine can be stressful. However, there are steps both patients and their loved ones can take to make the transition as smooth as possible.