Posts made in February, 2015

Emotional Stress Can Lead to a Broken Heart

»Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, some may have experienced a “broken heart.” In fact, the stress of ending a relationship can lead to a very real medical condition. “Broken heart syndrome occurs during highly stressful or emotional times, such as divorce, the death of a spouse, a serious medical diagnosis, or significant financial problems,” said Loyola University Health System cardiologist Sara Sirna, M.D. Broken heart syndrome also is known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, Takosubo’s cardiomyopathy, or transient apical ballooning syndrome. The underlying cause is not known but is thought to be secondary to the release of adrenalin and other stress hormones that have a deleterious effect on the heart. Symptoms typically include chest...

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15 Ways to Live Authentically & Amazingly

»Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Alpha Blog | 0 comments

Anxiety, depression and unhappiness occur when people are not living their lives in a way that is congruent with their authentic selves. This is what I have learned after providing psychotherapy to a diverse clientele for over 20 years. Also, I’ve noticed many people get stuck on the proverbial “hamster wheel” of life—an endless cycle of work and household responsibilities and obligations. Seldom do they pause to reflect about who they really are or why they do what they do. The lack of deeper meaning or connection to their work and life roles causes them to shift into autopilot—a state of unconsciousness and stagnation. They become disconnected from their true selves, their relationships and even the world around them. A man came to me recently for...

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