Category Archives: mental health/emotional health

 The benefits of deep breathing

BY AMBER SMITH If you’re feeling anxious because of the pandemic — and who isn’t? — Upstate’s director of integrative medicine, Kaushal Nanavati, MD, recommends taking a moment to breathe deeply. “Take a nice, deep inhaling breath, the longest inhale possible,” he coaches, … Continue reading

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A marathon, not a sprint: 4 tips from a psychiatrist on dealing with stress

We are all familiar with acute stressful events. Making a presentation in front of a bunch of people. Attending a funeral. The event happens, and the stress passes. “This is a different kind of stress,” psychiatrist Thomas Schwartz, MD, interim chair … Continue reading

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Helping kids cope: Child psychologist advises parents to be honest and open

BY JIM HOWE In a time of uncertainty, parents can help their children to cope by being open and honest about their feelings – first with themselves, then with their children. Children will pick up on and mirror the feelings … Continue reading

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When your child has cancer: advice from a mom

Her daughter was 10 when she was diagnosed with leukemia — and Gwendolyn Webber-McLeod of Auburn began her education in parenting a child with cancer. Her daughter, Ashley McLeod, is 33 now, with a son of her own. She’s been … Continue reading

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Working the streets: Upstate physician provides medical care to the homeless

BY AMBER SMITH David Lehmann, MD, was focused on how best to provide medical care to the homeless. He was aware of 60 “street medicine” programs around the world, most based at academic medical centers. He was intent on launching … Continue reading

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Stroke patients can beat risk for depression

BY JIM HOWE At least a third of people who have a stroke become depressed or show some symptoms of depression, according to an expert who often treats such patients. It’s called post-stroke depression, explains rehabilitation psychologist Michelle Woogen, PsyD, … Continue reading

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What to do about depression when battling cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Along with a diagnosis of cancer, people commonly experience bouts of sadness. Two or three out of 10 may develop depression. Others may experience a grief reaction with symptoms like those of depression but that come and go. … Continue reading

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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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