If you are responsible for the wellbeing of others – whether you’re a parent of a child with special needs, or caring for an aging parent, spouse or other loved one – you know that caring for someone else is hard work. Approximately 44 million Americans are caregivers, and the average caregiver devotes more than 20 unpaid hours per week to supporting the health and wellbeing of their loved one. That is on top of their other duties and obligations, including full time jobs in many cases.
By S. D. Shantinath, DDS, MPH, PhD (Associate Professor of Public Health, A.T. Still University of Health Sciences) What do you get when you mix a pediatric dentist with a clinical psychologist, and toss in a master’s degree in public health? Someone who wants to get the whole world brushing – brushing their teeth, and […]
September is National Recovery Month, an annual event that spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Scott Spicer is a public health professional, peer support specialist and consultant who works with high-risk young adults in community-based clinical mental […]
By Hillary Robertson (APA Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer Program) The transition from adolescence to young adulthood is arguably one of the most difficult periods of time in a person’s life. Moving out of their parents’ home means a loss of structure and stability. After leaving home many young adults neglect the healthy habits they once […]
By Ramani Durvasula, PhD – (Member, APA Committee on Women in Psychology) Dr. Durvasula is the author of You are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life I was in fourth grade. Our teacher challenged each of us to recite a 13 digit number without ever saying the word “and” or “um”. For example […]
By Manfred Diehl, PhD (Co-Chair, APA Committee on Aging) All of us are aging by the day, whether we are willing to admit it or not. We usually dread talking about getting older, but there is actually good news that should give us reason to embrace our own aging. The good news is: We can […]