Wednesday, July 27, 2011

7/24-Dr Scott talks with Dr Lisa Rubinstein

Dr Lisa Rubinstein - Mindfulness Meditation

Lisa S. Rubinstein, M.D., is a Board Certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with 30 years experience in private practice. She was trained at Harvard Medical School, completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA, in 1981, and finished training at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in 1994.

In addition, she has been a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and an Assistant Professor at both Tufts Medical School and University of Massachusetts Medical School. From 1986 until 1991, she started and directed a two year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Fellowship at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.

Her meditation practice began in 1998, and she has sat numerous silent retreats. She took the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 7 day Professional Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, in 2001 and again in 2003. In 2007, she completed the 2 1/2 year Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.

Subsequently, she has been exploring ways of integrating mindfulness practice with her therapeutic work, including starting a Psychoanalytic and Meditation Practitioners’ Group. She completed the 9 Day Teacher Training Practicum in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in Worcester, MA, in 2009, and has taught MBSR-

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

7/17-Encore Broadcast Dr Carol talks about Stress in College & the most Stressful Jobs

The Most Stressful Colleges

While it is imposs
ible to quantify the stress an individual feels, there’s a lot of data on stressful environments. To determine the most stressful American colleges, the Daily Beast put their lens to the top universitie
s in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, using methodology informed by Anderson. Five criteria were taken into account:

• The cost: Financial pressure is a huge stress-inducer. Tuition plus room and board, weighted at 35 percent. With 2009-2010 data from the National Center on Education Statistics.

• Competitiveness: How academically rigorous is the school? Weighted at 35 percent, with 2010 data from US News & World Report.

• Acceptance rate: More competitive schools generally produce a more competitive student body. Weighted at 10 percent, with 2010 data from US News & World Report.

• Engineering: Is the school known for its particularly rigorous graduate engineering program? Weighted at 10 percent, with 2010 data from US News & World Report.

• Crime on campus: Adapted from The Daily Beast’s analysis of college crime, weighted at 10 percent and ranked relative to this particular group of colleges. With data from the US Department of Education..

Pressure Drop: Workplace stress can damage productivity, mental well-being and physical health. But is an anxiety-free office worth a potential loss in career satisfaction and job security?

Job-related stress has long been the nemesis of workers around the globe. Stress has been linked in studies to everything from low productivity to increased illness to obesity. Fallout from the recession has only compounded the problem. Many work harder for less money, and wonder if they'll still have a job at day's end. Combine this with new technology that makes it easier than ever to work around the clock (and even on vacation), and it's no wonder that on-the-job stress – and finding ways to manage it – has become an ever more important issue.

While it's possible to find countless books, teas, exercise techniques and more offering you a way to relax, this focus on peace at the office raises a question: Is there such a thing as too little workplace stress?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

7/10-Dr Carol talks with Dr Marianne Brandon

Dr Marianne Brandon - Wellminds Wellbodies, LLC
Dr. Marianne Brandon is a Clinical Psychologist, licensed in Maryland, and a Diplomat in Sex Therapy through AASECT. She is the co-author with Andrew Goldstein, M.D. of,Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido,the first book to not just talk about the existence of low desire, not just offer "quick fixes" like the long-overused "schedule time for sex" solution, but to really explain to women how complex their libido is (being affected by their intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and physical selves). For the vast majority (of women)...a decline in sex drive takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll. These women speak of feeling deficient, ashamed, sad, angry, anxious, or unfulfilled.

Dr. Brandon is also a graduate of a post-doctoral fellowship in eating and weight disorders from the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. She is currently in private practice in the Baltimore / Annapolis area. Dr. Brandon is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association; the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; The Society for Sex Therapy and Research; The International society for the Study of Womens Sexual Health; and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr Brandon is also licensed to practice in Washington D.C., New York, Arizona, and Missouri.

The following are among the issues in which Dr. Brandon has special interest and training: depression, low sexual desire, anxiety, stress, relationships, sex therapy, weight disorders, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. She has presented seminars to professionals and in the community on topics relating to personal growth, sex therapy, low libido in women, sexual dysfuncion, and on stress-related disorders such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Drs. Goldstein and Brandon are co-founders of the Sexual Wellness Center in Annapolis, MD. where they specialize in treating women's sexual problems.

7/3-Stress Sleep and Health

Dr. Larry Epstein - The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep

According to Dr. Lawrence Epstein, recent President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep, sleeping is as important to health and well being as diet and exercise. However, as we are constantly bombarded with commercials for sleep medications, it is clear that America is having a difficult time getting a good night’s sleep.

One of the nation’s premiere sleep experts, Dr. Epstein arms readers with his proven, six-step plan to improve sleep. He presents tips for dealing with common issues such as insomnia, disrupted sleep, daytime exhaustion, restlessness, sleepwalking, and the many other chronic sleep conditions suffered by more than 70 million Americans.

Dr. Epstein thoroughly explains what happens during sleep as well as how to determine the amount of sleep we need. He then presents his plan which is based on the following:

  • Recognizing the importance of a good night’s sleep
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • Maintaining good sleep habits
  • Creating the optimal sleep environment
  • Watching out for sleep saboteurs
  • Seeking help for persistent sleep problems

In addition, The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep offers readers advice on how to silence snoring, help their children go to sleep and stay asleep, handle jet lag, cope with shift work, and stay awake at the wheel. Those who have trouble sleeping will find that they don’t necessarily need to take a pill to fall and stay asleep.

According to a recent review in Library Journal, “Epstein has collaborated with freelance health writer Mardon to produce an accessible and highly readable volume on sleep…At a time when sleep deprivation seems so prevalent in our society, this book is a welcome addition to the literature. It belongs in all consumer health collections, especially in public libraries.”

The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep is a premium resource for people who suffer from sleep disorders and their families, the doctors and other health care professionals who treat them, and anyone who wants to get a good night’s rest.

Lawrence Epstein, M.D., is the regional medical director for the Harvard-affiliated Sleep HealthCenters and an instructor at Harvard Medical School and was recently president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He lives in Boston. Steven Mardon is a professional writer who specializes in health topics.