Didi Hirsch’s medical director talks about holiday stressors and ways to cope

One in four people say they have taken on more than they can handle during the holidays, according to a recent survey by VitalSmarts. Most respondents (56%) said they are overwhelmed with “just keeping up” with all of the activities and expectations of the season, followed by financial concerns (50%), shopping for gifts (46%), family events (33%) and their own health (26%). And almost three in four (72%) told mental health platform Simple Habit that they feel stress during the holidays, with family and money giving them the most grief.

Dr. Donovan Wong, medical director of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services told Moneyish that people put too much pressure on themselves to make everyone happy.

“Take care of yourself first … so you can even be capable of helping other people out,” he said. “And a lot of times that means setting a limit, and that’s fine.”

Read the full article: These are 4 of the biggest holiday stressors — and ways to cope (MarketWatch)

 

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , |

Didi Hirsch CEO explains when to seek treatment

Mental experts, including Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ CEO Kita S. Curry, Ph.D, recently explained the symptoms of depression to help you determine if you or a loved one may need to be assessed for a depressive disorder.

During these weeks your mind is likely occupied by what Curry describes as “persistent thoughts of failure, hopelessness or shame, and [you’re] thinking in black-and-white.”

Types of thoughts you may experience, according to Curry: “‘No one has ever loved me; it’s always been this way; it will never get better!’ That’s when you know you’re probably depressed.”

This sense of hopelessness can be so pervasive you may find yourself unable to feel joy, even when great things happen.

Read the full article here: Am I depressed or just sad? How to know when to seek treatment (NBC News)

December 1st, 2018|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , |

Think twice before you have those leftovers, USC Marshall study says

A recent study from the USC Marshall School of Business shows that saving bigger portions of leftovers might influence you to exercise less or eat more later.

According to Dr. Linda Hagen, who helped lead the study, the problem is actually about perception. “Leftovers from a meal can skew people’s idea about how much they ate,” she explains. “It’s difficult to judge how much we have eaten, so we’re often heavily influenced by external cues. For example, the larger portion of leftovers we see on the plate, the less we believe we ate. You might think, ‘After all, if there’s a lot left, I cannot possibly have eaten very much, right?’” She tells us that this becomes problematic in cases where it affects what happens next — like if that perception becomes a reason to eat more later on or an excuse to skip a planned workout because you feel you haven’t eaten very much.

Read the full article: How Bringing Home Leftovers Could Derail Your Health Goals (Brit + Co.)

 

October 19th, 2018|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , |

CURE Pharmaceutical and CUREfilm featured on Drug Development & Delivery

The actual design and construction of an oral film capable of effective therapeutic delivery can be challenging and requires the creation of new technologies. As a result of these innovations, buccal films are now a commercially viable dosage form that can solve many problems faced by the pharmaceutical industry, patients, and their caregivers, according to CURE Pharmaceutical’s CEO Rob Davidson and its COO Jessica Rousset.

Oral films will be able to replace daily injections, such as apomorphine shots taken by patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. They can improve the bioavailability of drugs, such as cannabinoids, potentially lowering their dose and psychoactive side effects. When rapid symptom relief is needed, they can deliver a bolus effect. They are a convenient alternative to unpalatable liquids for children and hard-to-swallow pills for the elderly.

“CURE Pharmaceutical’s approach to buccal film development with CUREfilm leverages the inevitable salivary flush of a single layer film to create better drug-release profiles,” said Davidson and Rousset. “We design our products to combine the fast onset bolus effect of buccal delivery with the extended release of GI delivery to achieve an overall pulsatileor sustained-release profile. Indeed, with buccal delivery, blood levels can peak quickly, and a shorter half-life can mean the effect wears off rapidly.”

Read the full article: BUCCAL FILMS – Better Drug Release & Patient Experiences With Buccal Films (Drug Development & Delivery)

 

October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , |