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7 Ways to Prevent Apathy from Overtaking Empathy

7 Ways to Prevent Apathy from Overtaking Empathy

Written by Judith Orloff, MD
on Tuesday, 18 April 2017

In these highly charged times, many are asking, “Whatever happened to empathy?” 

From shunned victims of violence to those who ridicule another’s beliefs, people seem to have lost the capacity to compassionately experience the feelings of others… particularly others’ suffering.

What was once considered human nature to feel for another person’s hardships is disappearing before our eyes.

Why is this lack of empathy occurring?
Lack of Focus or Adult ADHD? Watch for These 4 Signs

Lack of Focus or Adult ADHD? Watch for These 4 Signs

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Friday, 14 April 2017

Twenty years ago, we hardly heard of ADHD, an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

Today, the term ADHD is so loosely used that anytime anyone feels they are unfocused, overly scheduled or mentally cluttered they may say “I’m so ADHD.” 

But, are they? 

When is it just a simple lack of focus due to stress or bad habits and when might it be ADHD?

Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services specializes in ADHD and other learning disorders. 

She offers some characteristics, that when chronic tendencies, could mean ADHD and thus worth getting screened for it.
Testicular Cancer: Nip It In the Balls

Testicular Cancer: Nip It In the Balls

Written by Shannon Burns, Community Manager at TJ
on Monday, 03 April 2017

Did you know that one male is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour? 

April is Testicular Awareness Month, and throughout the month, organizations like ours are working in partnership with the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) to bring attention to a disease that is rarely discussed.
How to Live in a Greener & More Economical Manner

How to Live in a Greener & More Economical Manner

Written by Helen Lawler
on Friday, 07 April 2017

It is amazing to think the extent to which each of us has the power to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, and make big savings in our household, by living a little “greener.” 

Some energy saving methods are obvious. For instance, using less electricity and saving on water use both are well-known methods. 

However, others are either less known or involve making a change. 

These are just a few steps your family can take to make this world a little greener, while saving a few dollars in the process...
Psychosis Surprised Me: Parkinson's Disease Isn't Just About Movement

Psychosis Surprised Me: Parkinson's Disease Isn't Just About Movement

Written by Julie Torrence
on Thursday, 06 April 2017

My father, Clyde Hill, 78, is a retired farmer and construction business owner who spent his life working on land improvement projects. 

However, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it was up to me to build a new way of life for my father. 

Since my grandfather was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, I knew what was coming when my father’s movements became very rigid and he would freeze up when walking. These were the same initial symptoms that my grandfather experienced when he was diagnosed with the disease. 

As my father’s symptoms progressed, my family and I and sought out a neurologist who confirmed the diagnosis in 1992. 

Two years ago, my brothers and I started to see a big change in our father’s demeanor. Often in the evening or sundown, he became convinced that the CIA and/or drug dealers were going to hurt him and were inside his house, causing him to become agitated, combative and paranoid. One time when I attempted to reassure him that there were no bad guys in the house and he was safe, he even asked if I was in on “their” plan to hurt him.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia: When High Cholesterol & Early Heart Disease Runs in the Family

Familial Hypercholesterolemia: When High Cholesterol & Early Heart Disease Runs in the Family

Written by Scott Sayers
on Thursday, 30 March 2017

I grew up in a house that was always active, either in sports or outdoors. 

So, you might wonder how someone like me, now 48 years old, has already had double bypass, six stents, and a heart attack. 

I learned I had high cholesterol when I was 13, right after my dad had quadruple bypass surgery. He was 39. We didn’t know then it was a common genetic disorder called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH), passed on from parent to child. We were told it was just unusually high cholesterol and that my dad and I would need to be on a statin for the rest of our lives. 

I don’t remember my dad taking his statin… ever. I’m sure he did, but I just didn’t see him take it. I can tell you that he complained a lot about muscle aches, and so I have a feeling he quit and just tried to combat the high numbers with diet and exercise.
Understanding Your Skin Type

Understanding Your Skin Type

Written by Hannah George
on Friday, 24 March 2017

When you are younger, your skin is able to maintain and renew itself easily. 

However, as you get older, it needs more help to look healthy and youthful. 

To make matters worse, external factors like pollution, the sun’s UV rays, the wind, drying heat, and poor air circulation can damage your complexion. An unhealthy diet and not drinking enough water can also wreak havoc on your skin. 

Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to rejuvenate and recharge your skin. Numerous cutting-edge skincare products and multi-functional cosmetics are available that can make a difference in the tone and texture of your complexion. 

But, before you try different products hoping to transform your skin, you must first determine your skin type. 

Keep reading to learn about the various common skin types and to understand the best ways to treat them.
6 Reasons to Stop Feeding Your Kids “Kid Food”

6 Reasons to Stop Feeding Your Kids “Kid Food”

Written by Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH (aka Dr. Yum)
on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

According to the National Institutes of Health, on any given day, one-third of children and 41 percent of teens eat from a fast-food restaurant. They also report that the restaurant meals often served to kids contain too many calories. 

The typical “kid food” being offered tends to usually include chicken nuggets, fries, macaroni and cheese, burgers, and pizza. The problem is that these meals often provide empty calories and don’t provide enough nutrition. They also keep the kids wanting the same types of foods at home, with parents often providing them. 

Dr. Nimali Fernando, aka Doctor Yum, says it’s time to ditch the “kid food” and start giving kids better options.

“Most food is kid-friendly. Kids just need to learn how to eat it,” says Dr. Fernando, a Fredericksburg, Virginia-based pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project. “Kids who are taught healthy eating habits, which include eating a variety of healthy foods, will be far better off now and in the long run. They will be learning healthy habits that will last a lifetime.”

Here are six reasons to ditch the pizza and pouches and get your kids back to real food...
What’s Wrong With Aging?

What’s Wrong With Aging?

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

No one looks forward to old age, but are the problems we dread inevitable? Why do they happen? And can we do anything to avoid them? 

A widely-held theory is that our cells are under constant attack from harmful molecules. Some are a byproduct of normal metabolism such as free radicals, while others arise from our environment. These damage the DNA, fats and proteins in our cells, which over time become less able to repair themselves.

Other research suggests internal processes cause our cells to age. This may be part of the same process that triggers our development from children to adults. Our cells constantly multiply to replace damaged cells, but they can only reproduce a certain number of times. At each reproduction, the telomeres at the ends of our chromosomes get shorter, which is also a marker for aging.

But, why do some people age “better” than others?
Spring Into Spring! 7 Ways to Be More Optimistic

Spring Into Spring! 7 Ways to Be More Optimistic

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky feeling sluggish thanks to a one hour loss of sleep. 

If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not alone. Despite more daylight our worries will still be there. 

So how do we spring into spring, a season that’s all about new beginnings and rebirth? 

For practical ways, to cultivate optimism in our lives we turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services who shares these tips and tools.
Put Your Best Fork Forward this Spring

Put Your Best Fork Forward this Spring

Written by Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, LDN
on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

There’s something about spring that inspires many of us to clean out our closets and our kitchen cabinets. So, it’s fitting that National Nutrition Month® falls in March, a time when we are starting to dream about warmer temperatures, bountiful summer produce and lighter fare.

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to emphasize the importance of making informed food choices. This year’s National Nutrition Month® theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” A reminder that every bite counts, this theme reflects the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for American’s recommendation to shift to a healthier eating pattern.

This idea that every bite counts also resonates closely with advice that I regularly share with my clients: small steps do add up to big changes. Additionally, I advise my clients that healthy eating can be as simple as choosing the more nutritious option between two foods, such as choosing a side salad instead of fries when eating out or a handful of nuts and dried fruit instead of a sugar-laden granola bar. This helps clarify the idea (and alleviate the pressure) of the somewhat-vague term “eating healthfully.”

Here are just a few examples of how you can make small changes that add up to a healthy lifestyle, one forkful at a time.
Are You Dating a Narcissist? 7 Red Flags Not to Miss

Are You Dating a Narcissist? 7 Red Flags Not to Miss

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 09 March 2017

With more and more people turning to dating apps and websites to meet people, we see a relatable pattern. You see someone’s photo. You’re attracted. You read their profile or brief description of who they claim to be. You reach out. You exchange emails. You text. Maybe you’ll speak briefly and then, you meet. 

You’re hitting it off. Things seem great. However, it seems almost too good to be true. 

Is it?

According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, narcissists are everywhere and in varying degrees. 

She explains that the current “swipe right” dating culture only feeds their agenda, it’s important to understand who they are and how to spot them.
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