How to Get Some Sleep – and Get Less Depressed

Most people are aware that insomnia, or difficulty falling and staying asleep, can be one of the major symptoms of depression. Treatment for depression often relieves insomnia, but not always. And what many people don’t realize is that insomnia can come first: Losing sleep leads to fatigue and irritability, and when these symptoms persist, you … More How to Get Some Sleep – and Get Less Depressed

Need anything? Dial 2-1-1

We’ve recently learned about an amazing resource for residents of the Philadelphia area including Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties.  It’s simple – just dial 2-1-1. This number is an “information and referral service” for anyone in Southeastern Pennsylvania who is seeking help with health or human service needs, including winter storm-related needs.   … More Need anything? Dial 2-1-1

How childhood troubles can damage your health

Those who study psychology have long recognized that child abuse and neglect can lead to lifelong emotional problems. Now, scientists also have begun to learn that abuse and neglect of children can also lead to medical illnesses including heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, liver and kidney disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. The “ACE” … More How childhood troubles can damage your health

For a happy marriage, say 5 positive things for every negative one, and find new ways to experience desire

The New York Times posted a blog recently that examined the ingredients for a happy marriage. As anyone married longer than 6 months can tell you, sustaining a happy marriage is not as simple as it may seem. Ask yourself, “What can I do in 5 minutes today to make my partner’s life better?” For … More For a happy marriage, say 5 positive things for every negative one, and find new ways to experience desire

One therapist’s personal response to the Connecticut tragedy

Nate Prentice, LCSW, CAS-PC is a therapist at Psych Choices who recently completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Pastoral Counseling. We invite you to read his own recent blog posting where he muses about the recent tragedy in Connecticut.  Nate discusses what we can do, and how we can talk to our children about … More One therapist’s personal response to the Connecticut tragedy

Melatonin and Sleep

At the recent conference of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr Noah Freedman attended a course on the use of melatonin in the treatment of sleep disorders. Here is a summary of what he learned.   Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night, and then difficulty getting up in the morning? Many people, especially younger … More Melatonin and Sleep