Category Archives: mental health/emotional health

Mind-set to thrive optimizes quality of life

BY AMBER SMITH A cancer diagnosis can produce stress, no doubt. How a person responds to that stress impacts his or her quality of life. Family medicine doctor Kaushal Nanavati, MD, is medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate. He … Continue reading

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A dad’s perspective on his child’s cancer

Theron Blair’s elder son, Trey, 7, has leukemia. In the two years since his son’s diagnosis, Blair has learned what it takes to be the parent of a kid with cancer. He shares his insights: Answer the phone when your wife … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams: Grieving continues even when you sleep

  BY AMBER SMITH The disclosure invariably begins with, “This may sound crazy.” That’s how psychologist Jeffrey Schweitzer, PhD, can tell a bereaved person is about to relay the story of a dream featuring his or her deceased loved one. … Continue reading

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Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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Sleep trouble leads to depression, which leads to medication, which leads to sleep trouble

BY AMBER SMITH When patients begin taking antidepressants, their health care providers typically warn that the medication may reduce sexual desire and performance and may increase appetite and weight gain. Often missing is a discussion about how the medication may … Continue reading

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Have you seen the new ‘Upstate Health’ magazine?

As a mother, I cannot select one child as my favorite. As an editor, I don’t have one favorite magazine issue. I love them all. That said, this summer issue of Upstate Health is a particularly good one, for a … Continue reading

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Social worker explains 5 behaviors common in dementia and how to deal with them

Five classic behaviors that typically arise in someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can be confusing and frustrating to caregivers. Understanding what drives those behaviors may help. “Most of the behaviors that become common when someone … Continue reading

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Psychosocial care tends to body as well as mind

Patients are used to having their pulse, blood pressure, respiration, temperature and pain level recorded in their medical record. Now a “sixth vital sign,” that of emotional distress, is beginning to find its way into patient charts. It’s called distress … Continue reading

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Books to nurture the spirit

How to define and achieve wellness Kaushal Nanavati, MD, explains how nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness “are the roots of health, peace and contentment” in “Core 4 of Wellness,” a book he published in May. “You must … Continue reading

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Ancient herb appears useful as anti-stress therapy

BY AMBER SMITH An herb used for centuries in India is gaining recognition in the United States as a way to reduce stress, and scientists at Upstate say their research indicates the herb, called ashwagandha, can help people with anxiety … Continue reading

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