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Friendships: Key to Teenager's Mental Health
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 16, 2016
Mind Tags: Digital Detoxmental healthMood DisorderStresssocial mediateenagers

In a world where our teens speak an entire sentence with a single emoji, getting them to make eye contact may seem like an impossible task.  Making social connections is the one key to put them on the road to health and success in school.

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How Can We Release Our Worries?
Written by Dr. Romie on Feb 19, 2015
Mind Tags: AnxietyMeditationMood Disorder

"Worrying is betting against yourself"

This past month I was inspired by one of my clients who is an elementary school teacher at a school where financial and social challenges weigh heavily on the young children.  She created a "Worry Jar" with empty pieces of paper next to it and placed it on her desk.  At the start of the school day, she reminded students to write down any worries (anonymously) to get rid of them out of their minds.  She would then "throw their worries" away.  Initially, the children were shy to come up and take a piece of paper, because no one wanted to admit they were the "only person" who worried.  

The next morning everyone got a piece of paper at their desk with the instructions to write one thing that was worrying them that day.  It was no surprise that everyone (teacher included)started to feverishly scribbled their worries away. The lesson is everyone has worries- small, big, or overwhelming.  

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Depression in Men: Recognize, Respond, and Reach Out for Help
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 12, 2014
Mind Tags: Mood DisorderMinddepression

As the wise proverb states, “laughter is the best medicine.” This week we mourn a man who healed others through his role as an actor, comedian and soulful citizen. Robin Williams shared the gifts laughter and inspiration through his movie roles, but on August 11, 2014 Robin Williams died tragically from suicide. The nation remains in shock.  How can someone who brought light to so many hearts have suffered so much in the darkness of depression?

In one of my favorite movies, “What Dreams May Come” Robin Williams plays Chris Nielsen. He has left heaven in search of his wife who is stuck in the deep depression of hell. Robin shared a prophetic truth,  “What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not.

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Written by Dr. Romie on May 13, 2014
Mind Tags: YogaReikiMood DisorderAnxiety
Photo: Eric Floyd http://www.flickr.com/photos/25842616@N08/

I have been there more than once. It made me feel weak, and even ashamed at myself. I have watched so many women I love and care about in that place. You feel helpless when it is yourself, and even more so when it is your sister, BFF, mother, daughter, and/or colleague.

We aren't alone. Women have anxiety at a rate twice as often as men. Actually, an estimated 18 million women in the US, and that's counting those of us that admit it.

Does this story sound like you?  I initially thought I just "needed a vacation". I was working 24/7 as a physician at a job where I was contracted and paid to work "part time". Due to another colleague abruptly leaving, I went without a break/day off in the busy winter season for months. It took me a long time to realize I had boundary issues (although this was painfully obvious to anyone around me). When things finally slowed down and I couldn't take it anymore, I escaped to Maui. It took the whole week at a spiritual retreat with one of my spiritual teachers, Alan Cohen, to just to catch up on sleep and unwind.

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