Browsing Archives of Author »Candida Abrahamson«

Words are Fattening; Watch What You Say to Yourself

January 8, 2014


I was downdog-ing along, minding my business, when I heard a man’s voice break through the gym’s hubbub. “..and the cherry sauce over the chicken was rich and dark–must have had some  brandy in it–so wonderful!” His personal trainer (female voice), “uh hnn.” “The stake was marinated in something special, wine plus fancy herbs–smelled as […]

Does Your Holiday Family Event Make You Itch?

December 5, 2013


Well, you made it through Thanksgivukkah.  But don’t relax yet; the big season of joy is coming up fast. Being with your extended family can make you squirm, either due to their direct questions or simply as a results of the difference between your life situation and that of the larger group. If something important […]

Raising Nice Adults: Overfunctioning for Your Already Launched Adult Children

October 28, 2013


Over a year ago I posted several blogs on helping to launch your young adults who haven’t yet found work, job, insurance, or significant other.  See “Fixing We’ll Just Fix It For You: Letting Your Children be Adults: the Two Principles,” and“But What If? Adult Children with Extenuating Circumstances.”  Recently, an extended version of that […]

Bullying’s Victims: Profile of Our Vulnerable Children

October 17, 2013


A story of injustice mixed with justice hit the news yesterday. A Florida sheriff arrested 2 girls (ages 14 and 12) for cyberbullying. Their victim, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete factory.  The Facebook entry from her torturer: “Yes, IK I bullied her Rebecca and she killed herself and IDGAF” […]

Who Owns the Overweight Problem: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 17, 2013


Nobody wants a chubby child.  Thin parents don’t, and overweight parents don’t, especially those who suffered from fat-kid syndrome themselves.  Even Michelle Obama weighs in on this topic. Yet nobody knows what to do about it, except make September a National Child Obesity Awareness Month. Thanks a lot. One thing surely won’t work: a parent […]

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

June 2, 2013


So today is National Cancer Survivors Day. This special day prompts 2 questions: 1. First–What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? 2. And, then, what’s the value of a special day? We understand what it means to be a survivor of a frightening or horrific public event: the Moore tornado, Hurricane Sandy, the […]

Are You Reading This After Midnight? More Thoughts on Insomnia

April 4, 2013


“Up All Night” by Elizabeth Holbert, a  nice piece in the March 11 New Yorker, reprises the research of Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, an anthropologist with an alternate model to our 11pm to 7am “ideal sleep schedule.” In The Slumbering Masses” Wolf-Meyer looks at the recent history of sleeping patterns. Before electric lighting, folks went to bed shortly […]

Tolerating Insomnia is Halfway There–Part 2

March 18, 2013


If my hypothesis (see previous post, Part 1) proves correct that fear of insomnia increases insomnia, successful treatment should involve mastery of the fear.  We know from both experience and from cognitive-behavioral theory that avoiding the source of fear makes the fear stronger rather than weaker. Conversely, facing down the fear weakens it. Why else […]

Is fear of insomnia like fear of flying–exposure-response prevention for the sleepless? Part I

March 17, 2013


  What are two major miseries of our well-off modern society?  Obesity and sleeplessness.  No surprise that they seem to be connected; looks like those who fail to get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight. They’re connected in another way: for some folks, no matter what they try, nothing is effective.  Behavioral treatments […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

March 17, 2013


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in their paper “Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses,” declared prescription drug abuse “an epidemic” in the United States. By far the biggest factor in prescription drug abuse is an eruption in prescription painkiller abuse.  The shocking statistic provided by  the Department of Health and Human Services is that almost three of four […]

ECT–The Less Than Shocking Story, Part II

January 29, 2013


Georgios Petrides, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, found in a study of 253 patients with severe depression that the remission rate was 87%. Interestingly the statistics split between those with psychosis and those without: those with psychotic depression had an astoundingly high remission rate of […]

Bullying: Changing the Mindset of the Victim

January 7, 2013


“My son is miserable in his first few months of high school,” his suffering mother told me. “He’s picked on for being short again.” Jeffrey comes from short parents, but he was little even by their standards. After much thought (and more   Teased in middle school, he began a body building campaign so that, […]


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