Hug Therapy: High-Touch Healing in a High-Tech World

Hug Therapy: High-Touch Healing in a High-Tech World

Something seems amiss: Millions of us now click into our social lives each day, count 100, 300, even 500+ friends in our networks, and yet somehow move through the entire day without having experienced one human-to-human, warm-bodied hug. Indeed, when Megatrends author John Naisbitt ushered in the notion of “high tech, high touch” in the 1980s, it seemed to many…

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PTSD: A Devastating Reality for All Too Many Veterans

PTSD: A Devastating Reality for All Too Many Veterans

For veterans afflicted with the mind-numbing, high-anxiety realities of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s hard to consider Veteran’s Day a holiday. And while it has evolved from “shell shock” in World Wars I and II, to “Post-Vietnam Syndrome” in the 1970s, to what is now known as PTSD, the condition in all its forms has severely affected millions of soldiers and…

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Do Brain Training Games Really Work?

Do Brain Training Games Really Work?

I was hunkered down in a digital workstation at an Arizona longevity clinic, testing a brain training game to figure out do brain training games really work? My mind was in overdrive as my fingers chased elusive flashes of light onscreen. I was playing a shrink’s rethink of the game Fruit Ninja, except that this was a test to determine my…

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Music as Medicine for the Mind and Body

Music as Medicine for the Mind and Body

Music is now a government-endorsed painkiller. This is not to say the Food and Drug Administration has approved rock, jazz, or hip-hop MP3 downloads as over-the-counter analgesics. But stretching beyond the labels of “alternative” or “complementary” healing techniques, music and sound have been studied and applied to patients in recent years in well-funded federal labs with impressive and verifiable results.…

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Do Online Therapy and Counseling Apps Work?

Do Online Therapy and Counseling Apps Work?

Of course it’s far more complex than booking a flight, but online psychotherapy has just passed a major milestone of success and efficacy in treating moderate depression. And this should prove to be good news for patients, families, and clinicians alike. In a groundbreaking research study recently published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers from the University of Zurich…

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