Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Veterans deserve the best mental-health care. How to help them this Veterans’ Day.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

It is difficult to imagine the sacrifice and horrors our heroes, past and present, have faced, but we must never forget.  They have protected and taken care of us.  It’s inconceivable that we would not do the same for them.

After they come home, the physical and mental scars do not go away.  In fact, they affect the family they come home to, also.


Twitter Small Steps Contest Winners! (Plus: free preview issue for you!)

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

by Leigh Ann Hubbard, Managing Editor

The results are in! Congratulations to our very first Twitter Small Steps contest winners! Thank you to everyone who participated and voted.

Winners receive two subscriptions to James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor, the magazine written by health-care professionals for the general public. Runners up get one subscription. Want to check out what they’re winning?

And now, the envelopes, please …


Good stress, bad stress: It all adds up. How to cope with economic downfall, holidays.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

If you are not stressed in these economic times, you should be, or so it seems if you listen to the media long enough these days.  The holidays are coming up also, and here’s the thing: There is good stress and bad stress but your body treats it the same.  It adds up quickly.  Ever heard of the Holmes-Rahe Live Inventory Scale (PDF download)?


Bipolar Diagnoses Increase

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

According to the National Institutes of Health the actual diagnosis of bipolar disorder in teens and children has increased by 40 times over the last 10 years. During this same time period, in adults, the diagnosis has doubled. The study was published in the September 2007 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Now the big question is whether the increase of bipolar disorder in children and teens is from overdiagnosing the disorder, underdiagnosing it in the past, or a combination of the two. (more…)

Twitter Contest Nominees! Vote for your favorites.

Friday, October 24th, 2008

by Leigh Ann Hubbard, Managing Editor

We’re excited to announce the Twitter contest nominees!

On Tuesday, we asked you to tweet the answer to, “What small steps are you taking for your health?” You gave some amazing responses. It was so hard to narrow them down.

Now, we’re giving away 24 subscriptions! (more…)

Twitter Contest Is Today! Win subscriptions!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

by Leigh Ann Hubbard, managing editor

What small steps are you taking for your health?

Answer that question today (Tuesday) on Twitter, and you might win two subscriptions to James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor! JHMFD is written by health-care professionals. If you like this blog content, you’ll LOVE the magazine.

The contest runs all day, and you can tweet as many answers as you like. Be sure to include #step in your tweet. (more…)

Announcing JHMFD’s First Ever Twitter Contest! Win stuff!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

by Leigh Ann Hubbard, managing editor

Drum roll, please …

We at James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor are excited to announce our first ever Twitter contest! Woo-hoo! You, yes you, can win TWO free subscriptions (one to give away–in time for the holidays).


Placebo Vs. Nocebo Effect: When your mind makes you sick

Monday, September 15th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Patients need to be informed. That’s what my blog and magazine are all about. But sometimes, how you think about that information can physically affect you.

The placebo effect, or placebo response, has been known for years. A placebo is a treatment that has no active ingredients–no logical reason to have any effect, a sugar pill. The placebo effect is when this inactive treatment provides active results. For instance, placebo has helped alleviate pain, lower blood pressure; the list could go on. That’s why the best medical studies compare the active treatment to placebo (placebo-controlled).

It can happen to anyone, and I see it frequently. If someone thinks a treatment will cause an effect, it can. There are loads of studies, some showing actually physiological changes in the body–the power of positive thinking, mind over matter.

But what happens when the opposite effect occurs?


Stage Fright: How to conquer your fear of singing in public or public speaking?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Judy Rodman is a successful professional singer, teacher and writer.  Her blog series on stage fright is insightful, in-depth and well-written.  If you want or need to learn how to cope with stage fright, or just tips to alleviate your fear of getting up in public, see her posts at

Vanderbilt Doctors Warn Against “Merry Christmas Coronary”

Friday, December 14th, 2007

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Some studies have actually shown an increase in the incidence of heart attacks (MI’s) during the Christmas holidays. Others have shown that the risk of death from these MI’s is higher also (possibly due to shorter medial staffing during the holidays). So the obvious reaction should be to try your best to decrease your risk of an MI.

The Vanderbilt physicians offer valuable advice toward this end. However, I think they left out a key factor, which is stress. There are so many things going on with the gift giving, parties, traveling, family reunions, etc. Good stress can affect you as much as bad, and it is additive. So plan ahead a little to limit it. (more…)

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