Archive for June, 2010

Boca Raton Psychologist

June 23, 2010

From theheart.org, the June 29, 2010 issue of  the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has two articles and an editorial this month about anxiety predicting heart disease years later.  In one of the studies, 50,000 men were followed for 37 years.  Those with anxiety disorders were twice as likely to suffer from heart disease or an acute heart attack.  In the other study, with an 11 year follow-up, there was a 50% increase in  risk of cardiac death for people with anxiety disorders.

What does this mean for anxious people?  Seek help very early.  What does this mean for cardiologists? Evaluate your clients for anxiety and refer them for treatment when indicated.  What does this mean for the Boca Raton Psychologist AKA “Dr. Relax”?  Inform your clients about the relationship between anxiety and heart disease, the importance of  treatment and the importance of  practicing relaxation and stress management techniques forever.  (Don’t we brush our teeth every day?) Furthermore, follow-up with your psychologist when anxiety provoking life events (such as graduation, marriage, having children, retirement, etc) occur.

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Boca Raton Psychologist

June 23, 2010

In this weeks Science Times, Jane Brody writes about “When tanning turns into an addiction.”  Frequent tanners showed signs of both physiological and psychological addiciton.  Release of endorphins (naturally occurring morphine like substances in the brain) are believed to be the physiological components for tanning addiction.  Relaxation, mood enhancement, looking healthier and socialization seem to be psychological components of the addiction. 

Melanoma can be deadly (from my personal experience, my cousin and a dear friend both died from metastatic melanoma).  Psychologists, especially those in South Florida, should evaluate the symptoms of “addiction to tanning”  and help their clients change their behaviors to healthier ones.

Dr. Nadler, A Boca Raton Psychologist, offers a free telephone consultation to prospective clients.

Boca Raton Psychologist

June 18, 2010

An article in this week’s Science Times notes that people exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from depression and increased frequency of hospitalization.  The author refers to an online article in the Archives of General Psychiatry.  It has long been known that smokers suffer from mental health problems, but a causal relationship was not clear.  It behooves psychologists to offer a quit smoking program to their clients for not only themselves, but the nonsmokers around them.  The Boca Raton Psychologist has treated over 5,000 clients for smoking cessation.