Mental Wellness: The Numbers

By Sandra G. Malhotra, Ph.D.   The Numbers: The population of the United States is about 300 million. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year (https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp)   Over 20 veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress commit suicide each day (http://time.com/3694053/veteran-suicide/)   In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults. (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major depression-among-adults.shtml)   83 people committed suicide in Larimer County in 2016 – that’s over 1 per week. The average age was...

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Pop Quiz: How Wholistic are You? Are You a Jedi Master or a Sith?

Give yourself 1 point for each correctly answered question to find out! Questions: 1. What is the subconscious mind? 2. Who wrote Biology of Belief? 3. Who is Shawn Achor? 4. What are benefits of meditation? 5. What is the Third Agreement in don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements? 6. What does GMO stand for? 7. Is non-GMO the same as organic? 8. What is the difference between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids? 9. What is the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems? 10. When was Star Wars IV – A New Hope released? Answers: 1. The subconscious...

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Identifying with Your Health Story

By Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD In this excerpt from the first chapter of Change Your Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing by Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD the author discusses what he means by ‘identifying the story of your health’ and some of the reasons we might have chosen that particular narrative…. Most of us identify with our thought processes and emotional experiences. We might say about ourselves, “I am a shy introvert” or “I’m a people person.” However, we might not realize how much we identify with our physical selves and our current state...

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9 Self-Protection Strategies for Empaths

By Judith Orloff, MD  Combat Toxic Energy and Stop Taking on Other People’s Stress Excerpted with permission from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People (Sounds True, April 4, 2017). © Judith Orloff, MD. All rights reserved. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, a NY Times best-selling author and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. To learn more about the power of empathy, Dr. Orloff’s book tour schedule, and to sign up for her Empath Support Newsletter visit www.drjudithorloff.com Empaths are emotional sponges who absorb other peoples’ stress into their own bodies. As an empath...

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Non-Profit Spotlight: The Growing Project

By Sandra G. Malhotra The theme for this issue is Real Food (for one and all!), and so I thought it would be peachy to highlight a local non-profit that is addressing access to wholesome food and food insecurity in our area. There are many who are doing wonderful work, such as FoCo Café, The Larimer County Food Bank, The Kitchen Community, and The Fort Collins Food Co-Op. I hope to profile them all over time. For this issue, I chose The Growing Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit which promotes the value of a strong, diverse and fair local food...

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