Long term benefits to High School athletics

In addition to improved physical health, high school athletics have long term effects on one’s confidence, leadership abilities, and self-respect. This is a nice article summarizing a study that looked at these attributes in adults who were high school athletes. Great little read!!

Read the article here: http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/sports_at_work

The Ledger – 8.30.15 – Turning the sky from Blue to Black

Although we talked about it a lot more in Podcast Episode 22 of The Mental Breakdown, this week’s column in the Ledger focuses on sleep. What else are you expected to do for one third of your life?!? Sleep is critical and in this column we talk about the importance and relevance of “blue light” to healthy sleep.

Read the column here: Turning the Sky from Blue to Black

Podcast 22: Sleep

Well, the school year is underway and everyone’s schedule has adjusted to their new routines. In the weeks leading up to the start of school concerns voiced by most students centered on the anticipation of standardized, high stakes tests. Interestingly, since the school year started, the concerns shifted and the main complaint now is that students are TIRED!

What is sleep anyway and how do we know if someone is getting enough sleep?!?  It is recommended that we spend at least a third of our life asleep. Can it really be that important? What are the consequences of not getting enough sleep? Is it OK to sacrifice sleep when we have a lot of work to do? What is proper sleep hygiene? Is it OK for my child to “wind down” at night watching videos on his iPad? What is the best setting for sleep? In this podcast, Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard answer these, and many other questions on one of the most important parts of our lives. So have a listen and let us know what you think.

This podcast was produced by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.

The Stress Our Children Feel

In our recent podcasts, Dr. Berney and I have been discussing three factors–stress, diet, and sleep, that influence our children’s physical and emotional well-being.  In the podcast we recorded yesterday, we discussed the important role that stress, diet, and sleep contribute to our children’s physical and mental well-being. As child specialists we are especially concerned about the amount  and types of stress children experience today. As I was looking through today’s email posts, I discovered a wonderful series of articles devoted to kids and stress from webmd. If you click on this address you will see the link to the article.  Also, take a few minutes to listen to our last two or three podcasts as they focus on the same topics.



Podcast 21: Mental Health: Treating Anxiety

Anxiety is a very common psychological state. In this podcast, Drs. Berney and Richard start by differentiating the terms worry, stress, and anxiety. They then move in to talk about how anxiety is treated and why it is important to seek support from a professional when struggling with uncontrolled worries.

The treatment of Anxiety is a three pronged approach. First we must “Stop the Panic.” This first component helps relieve acute anxiety responses so that we can function and make better decisions. The second prong is to restore serotonin levels in the body. As Dr. Berney and Dr. Richard explain, serotonin is depleted when we are under long term stress and anxiety. The purpose of this component is to boost serotonin so that you can better regulate your mood and response to environmental stimuli. The final component is therapy to reduce anticipatory anxiety. Anticipation is a major part of anxiety. All of the “what ifs” result in a tendency to catastrophize. Therapy can help minimize the impact of these automatic thoughts and reorient you to a healthier way of thinking.

This podcast was edited by Mr. Andrew Rasmussen.