Humor can be a great way to ease tension and connect with people. BY ANDY ROMAN, LMHC, MS, RN A few years ago, I was involved in a lawsuit, and it  triggered a growing, ongoing anxiety I just couldn’t shake. One day on my way to my lawyer’s office, I felt overwhelmed by negative thoughts. […]
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Spontaneous sweats, headaches, full body tension... These are only a few of the many symptoms that comprise anxiety. Today, over 40 million Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and what is worse is that the number of undiagnosed people who suffer from anxiety is much higher. While it is common to think that medication is the answer to your anxious symptoms, in reality, it only masks the surface signs of your anxiety and never treats the root causes. Will you get short-term relief from pharmaceuticals? Most likely. However, there is nothing empowering about a pill, and your anxiety will always be there haunting you until you start to deal with it in a healthy and confident way. As a young woman who suffered from a decade-long, severe and chronic anxiety disorder, I, too, believed that medication was the only "cure" for me. When I started incorporating the following practices into my daily routine, though, I saw dramatic results and a significant decrease in my anxiety. Admission, affirmation, meditation and prayer all gave me what no drug ever could, an overwhelming sense of empowerment and true healing for my disorder.

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“In our multidimensional academic understanding of the mind, many of us have lost our way. Professionals and the public alike misunderstand the importance of this powerful gift. All too often we think about developing knowledge and increasing our capacity to use our brain in a linear way.” Unfortunately, the mind has very little to do […]
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Q&A with the beloved Psychotherapists Antony Chatham and Andy Roman of Hippocrates Health Institute. Question: I miss the good old days when I ate what I wanted. I have fond memories of holiday foods and candies from my youth. Sometimes I try to recapture that feeling and “fall off  the wagon” to indulge. What can I […]
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Article by Brian Clement PhD, LN Humans have a peculiar tendency to treat themselves worse than they treat those around them. What will it take for you to take care of you? When you look in the mirror, are you comfortable with what you see? Are love handles protruding from your sides? Does it look like […]
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If you’re struggling with a chronic illness, you may find yourself at times asking, “What did I do to deserve this? What am I doing wrong? Why am I not getting better?” As someone who has struggled with Lyme disease for 20 years now, I can tell you that these questions are understandable. The uncertainty and […]
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When asked what the most favorite time of the year is for you, many of my clients over the years identified it as the Christmas time or the Holiday time of Christmas and Hanukkah. However, many have also identified the same time as the most difficult time of the year also. How come? It is […]
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TV, billboard, and magazine images of the holiday season–of happy family gatherings around opulently laid tables, of material abundance and gifts, of joyous celebration and even worship–don’t guarantee the real thing. In fact, more people get depressed and even commit suicide during this time of year than any other. For some people, this season holds […]
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Inside each of us are two players on the stage of life: Love and Fear. These two players perform the daily dramas that create our perception of the world from moment to moment. Love accepts and rejoices at all that life gives us as lectures along the path to the spirit. Love has no desires […]
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Where is our joy located? It’s an odd question. Perhaps you think joy is in your heart, or maybe you experience joy as a state of mind. It turns out, according to scientists, joy originates in the limbic system of the brain—the part of the brain that controls emotion, behavior, and long-term memory. Unlike happiness, […]
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by Sara L. Bronson You may have seen heliotropes, a variety of flowers that turn toward the sun. When the heat and light touch them, they open up to receive the energy rather than shrink away from it. The sun is powerful energy. It can warm us, heal us, or burn us, depending on how […]
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One spring afternoon in Atlanta, when my daughter was three years old, she invited a friend from day- care to walk to the neighborhood playground with us. We were holding hands and walking together when suddenly our houseguest broke away and dashed ahead towards the shade of a huge pine tree. She crouched down, turned […]
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A Two-Year-Old At Heart Years ago, when I worked as a nursery school teacher, I noticed how two year olds are extremely straight-forward with their feelings. They cry when they’re sad, laugh when they’re happy, and scream when they’re angry. (Shoot, they’ll bite when they’re angry!) Two-year olds are so impulsive with their feelings they […]
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