Monday, June 27, 2016

Can You Get Over an Addiction?

Good morning!

We can't urge you enough. Please, please, consider this if "addiction" touches your life in any way and check out this article we are sharing from The New York Times.


"We are long overdue for a new perspective — both because our understanding of the neuroscience underlying addiction has changed and because so many existing treatments simply don’t work.

Addiction is indeed a brain problem, but it’s not a degenerative pathology like Alzheimer’s disease or cancer, nor is it evidence of a criminal mind. Instead, it’s a learning disorder, a difference in the wiring of the brain that affects the way we process information about motivation, reward and punishment. And, as with many learning disorders, addictive behavior is shaped by genetic and environmental influences over the course of development."

To continue reading this article in it's entirety, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/can-you-get-over-an-addiction.html

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Smartphone Way to Inner Calm

Good afternoon,

Today we are sharing an article from The New York Times about some really cool apps, including guided meditation apps, that you can use to help reduce your stress! "Our busy modern lifestyles have a million wicked tricks for increasing stress, including the repeated pings and buzzes of our smartphones. But with the right app, a smartphone can actually be a tool to help reduce stress and find calm."

To find out details on these apps and how they may help you visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/technology/personaltech/the-smartphone-way-to-inner-calm.html?contentCollection=smarter-living&_r=0


Monday, June 13, 2016

Mindfulness Therapy May Prevent Depression Relapse

Good morning,

Today we are sharing an article from http://www.medscape.com/ entitled 'Mindfulness Therapy May Prevent Depression Relapse.'

"Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) reduces the risk for depression relapse in patients with recurrent depression, with the greatest effect seen in those with the worst baseline symptoms, the results of an individual patient data meta-analysis indicate.

Synthesizing data from more than 1200 patients in nine studies, European investigators found that MBCT reduced the risk for depression relapse by more than 30% overall and by more than 20% when compared directly against active treatments."

To continue reading the rest of this article and learn more about how MBCT can help, visit: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/863867?nlid=105550_2863&src=wnl_dne_160527_mscpedit&uac=215099FV&impID=1109805&faf=1

If you are looking to learn more about how MBCT can make a difference in your life, or are looking to talk with someone, please contact us today! http://innerpassagestherapy.com/

Monday, June 6, 2016

This Is Why Meditation Makes You Feel Better

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing an article from Time.com entitled 'This Is Why Meditation Makes You Feel Better: After just four days of meditation training, people reported feeling 21% less pain.'  As you know, we are advocates for meditation as part of integrative therapy and medicine. This article talks about 'a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that meditation accomplishes this differently from other pain-relievers, like opiates. “This ancient technique that’s been around for thousands of years is reducing pain through novel mechanisms, ways we’ve never seen before,” says study co-author Fadel Zeidan, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.'
Elizabeth Renstrom for TIME

To continue reading more and find out how meditation and mindfulness could be the answer to relieving some of your pain visit: http://time.com/4263383/mindfulness-meditation-pain/?iid=sr-link1

If you are looking for someone to talk to and help you gain a plan for healing please contact us at: http://innerpassagestherapy.com/. We are a licensed therapist serving the Greater D.C. and surrounding areas with focuses on the entire self and not just one aspect of your life.