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December 07, 2023

Purpose in Life Can Lead to Less Stress, Better Mental Well-being

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Patients and Families

What is purpose in life? It means having a central, organizing life aim, an overall sense of direction in one's life, and a belief that one’s life activities are valuable and important — making a positive mark on the world. Research indicates that having a purpose in life is good for mental health. For example, having greater purpose in life was significantly associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety.

December 04, 2023

Rosalynn Carter: Ahead of Her Time as a Mental Health Advocate

This is how Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter opened her remarks to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on May 16, 1979. Nearly 45 years later, it might seem odd to younger generations that mental health was ever treated as a taboo topic. For many, COVID-19 accelerated an irreversible transition to speaking openly about mental health and substance use disorders – but historically, the topic has been treated quite differently by the press, in the workplace, and by legislators.

December 01, 2023

Hazards of Holiday Drinking and Tips for Maintaining Sobriety for Individuals with Alcoholism

  • By John A. Fromson, M.D.
  • Addiction, Patients and Families

Holiday-related alcohol consumption is a widespread cultural phenomenon with peaks during celebratory seasons. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), there is a noticeable increase in alcohol consumption during holidays, such as Christmas and New Year's. The allure of festive drinks and social gatherings often leads to more frequent and heavier drinking.

November 21, 2023

What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

  • Healthy living for mental well-being, Older adults, Patients and Families

Mild cognitive impairment is a common condition in older adults, but a recent survey finds that a large majority of Americans know little or nothing about it.

November 06, 2023

Veterans Benefit from Culturally Competent Care

  • By Umar Latif, M.D., FAPA
  • Military and Veterans, Patients and Families, Trauma

As a psychiatrist and a proud supporter of those who have served our nation, over the last 15 years I have had the privilege to develop and oversee programs nationally that increase access to psychiatric care for active-duty service members and veterans. In this role, I have come to believe strongly in the need to increase cultural competence for civilian healthcare professionals who provide care to service members, veterans, their families and caregivers.

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