Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Brain, Obesity, Blood Sugar and Thinking

In USA Today, an article by Randy Dotinga, Healthday reported on a new study that links low blood sugar in obese people to a great desire within the brain for high-calorie foods, a finding that offers insight into why people whom become overweight tend to stay that way.

The researchers found that the obese people had less brain activity in the area known as the prefrontal cortex, where powers of inhibition (choosing not to do things) are based, even when their blood sugar levels were normal. "That implies that obese people may have a harder time fighting off the urge to eat, especially when their sugar levels are below normal," Page said. The pre frontal cortex (PRC) is the thinking part of our brain that makes up our cognition. So, what you think, you become. This is why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most popular and effective form of treatment for many disorders. If you can change your thinking about something, you change your feeling and subsequently your actions. In practical terms, if you decide that eating a second helping, cleaning your plate, having that desert, then your will do so. However, it you "think" the aforementioned items are unnecessary or hurtful to you, then you will make another choice. Of course, keep an eye on your blood sugar levels!
Shakespeare really captured CBT quite accurately when he said. "nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." At Klaybor and Klaybor, we specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Life is too short....

I received this coffee mug recently. The message is worth considering for you own life. Are you spending your time trying to fit in? Do you spend too much time seeking approval. It may be time to step out, have an adventure, take some risks, have more fun and just live free.

On a trip to a conference a few years back, I found a T-Shirt that I bought that said, "Women who behave rarely make history." Why not make some of your own history to create memories by trying some new things.

Take up a new sport, enroll in a class, get a personal trainer or coach, take a trip volunteer in a cause meaningful to you. 
The APA formula for happiness is as follows: 
Meaning + Engagement + Pleasure = Happiness.
Go for it!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

On the Precipice of Being Laid Off?

With these very uncertain times with the financial markets, job loss and economy, rumors of layoffs, downsizing, and corporate belt tightening, stress, emotional confusion and anxiety are common. If you are feeling these fears and having these worries, it is normal and expected.  (Photo by Bill Varie/Corbis)

In a recent article in Time Magazine, there was a report by researchers at a recent conference at the University of Cambridge heard data suggesting the following: compared with people who are straight-up laid off, those who keep their job but are under a constant threat of losing it suffer a greater decline in mental well-being.

Brendan Burchell, a Cambridge sociologist, presented his analysis based on various surveys conducted across Europe. The data suggest that employed people who feel insecure in their job display similar levels of anxiety and depression as those who are unemployed. But whereas a newly jobless person's mental health may "bottom out" after about six months, and then even begin to improve, the mental state of people who are perpetually worried about losing their job "just continues to deteriorate, getting worse and worse," Burchell says. 

"Presently we are going through a 'shock' period." But in a year, Burchell says, the people who have had to endure the ongoing threat of being fired — and deal with the frustration of not being able to plan for their future or feel in control of their life — may begin to suffer severe symptoms of anxiety and depression, such as insomnia, substance abuse and lethargy.

But in the words of Vince Lombardi, one of the most successful coaches in history, "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." You can do this. Just hang in there and keep your head in the game, and when you do get back up, you're going to be better than ever.  

If you are having feelings of depression, anxiety, it may be time to seek help. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Parking at Sage Plaza

Happy Days!!!! Parking is now easier at the Klaybors!!!
!Just in news flash. Parking when you come to our office should be easier. After you go through the security checkpoint, immediately to the left is a bank of parking spaces for a 2 hour limit. Use these spaces anytime you come for an appointment.

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