Light therapy has been used for a number of health problems over the last few decades. In fact, even a hundred years ago some physicians recognized the power of light to help treat physical illnesses and infections.
It’s widely accepted that America’s first contact with “mindfulness” came in the form of a speech given by Indian guru Swami Vivekananda to the World Conference on Religions held in Chicago in 1893. Vivekananda was on a mission to bring the spiritual practices of his homeland to America—and he succeeded. His speech sparked an interest in Eastern spirituality in the minds of Americans, and between the 1920s and the late 1950s, dozens of books and pamphlets were published on the lives and feats of Indian yogis and gurus. Some touched on the practice of meditation, some on the practice of asana (yoga postures), but it wasn’t until Richard Hittleman’s books in the late 1960s and his groundbreaking 1970 television show “Yoga for Health” that yoga and mindfulness practices caught fire and swept across the U.S.
In the years during which women rarely worked outside of the home, they did most if not all of the housework, cooking and childcare. These days, although both men and women typically work full-time jobs outside the home, women still do the majority of housekeeping, meal preparation and looking after the children.
The co-occurrence of depression and addiction is not unusual. Many people experience both illnesses at the same time because they feed on each other. If you are prone to depression, for instance, you might feel compelled to drink or get high in an attempt to feel better or to hide from your depressive moods. If you turned to alcohol and drugs early in life, your substance abuse may have triggered depression or made the symptoms worse. But what if your depression is an addiction in itself? Is this possible and, if so, how can you get help?
Significant numbers of people diagnosed with serious mental illness also have co-existing problems with substance use disorder (substance abuse and/or substance addiction). Evidence shows that the simultaneous presence of these two problems increases the odds for aggressive or violent behavior. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, researchers from three U.S. institutions looked at what happens to the aggression levels of mentally ill people who receive treatment for their substance problems. These researchers concluded that a successful reduction of substance intake can lead to reduced aggression levels in affected individuals.
Men and women react differently to drugs due to physiological differences. An important factor affecting drug abuse and addiction is the hormone estrogen. Research into the biological and physiological factors affecting addiction has been limited, but is growing. Most recently, a study led by an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota found an important connection between estrogen and the progression of drug addiction. Finding the ways in which women are more vulnerable will help scientists and medical researchers develop better ways of preventing and treating addiction in women.
Grace had been raised by a family with tightly held traditional values—her father was the lord of the house; she and her mother were to be subservient to her father and to make him proud by being demure women who represented their class and their breeding with utmost perfection. She sought her father’s approval above all else, and on a rare blue moon, he poured on the praise—usually after Grace had done something that could reflect highly on him, like scoring high marks and getting into a great college. But most of the time he was filled with criticism, denouncing her choices in dress, her weight (in spite of the fact that she was a healthy weight) and her decision to marry a businessman and not a lawyer, doctor or politician.
Women are at a greater risk for both mental health and physical health problems from drinking. Women should drink less than men because they metabolize alcohol more slowly. Women are triggered by different factors than men are when it comes to drinking.
If you have worried about alcohol and how much you drink, it’s time to learn about how alcohol impacts you.