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Antidepressants Have More Side Effects than Previously Thought

A University of Liverpool researcher has shown that thoughts of suicide, sexual difficulties and emotional numbness as a result of anti-depressants may be more widespread than previously thought.In a survey of 1,829 people who had been prescribed anti-depressants, the researchers found large numbers of people — over half in some cases — reporting on psychological [Read More...]

Inconsistent Home Life/Common Family Problems May Increase Risk of Brain Disorders by Up To 60%

Because parents don’t have enough to worry about, two new studies point to the impact of a child’s home life on brain development. The first study looks at how common family problems like lack of affection, poor communication, parental arguments and the like actually resulted in children developing a smaller cerebellum than children who did [Read More...]

What’s Your “Relationship Work Ethic?”

Some couples do a better job of prioritizing their relationship than others.  And some couples are simply more comfortable having a more casual attitude toward making time for their marriage.  But a new study shows that all couples–even the ones with a more “don’t sweat it” attitude toward couple time–experience a greater risk of marital [Read More...]

Ricki Lake to Produce Documentary on Dangers of the Pill

I admit I never saw this coming.  Check out the story here which includes an anti-contraceptive pill tweet from Ms. Lake herself.    Here’s a sample of the article. Lake will act as executive producer alongside director Abby Epstein in a full-length film based on Holly Grigg-Spall’s book Sweetening The Pill: or How We Became Hooked [Read More...]

Double-Blind Study Shows Lavender Oil Capsules As Effective as Lorazepam (Ativan) for Treating Anxiety

This is fascinating.  In doing some research for a client with generalized anxiety disorder, I found this double-blind, placebo-control study on the effectiveness of lavender oil capsules (silexan) for treating anxiety.  Remarkably, the study appears to show that the lavender oil capsules were as effective as lorazepam (Ativan) AND it had no side effects or [Read More...]

NY State Bishops Pen Pastoral Letter on Mental Illness.

Praise God for this incredibly important step toward better pastoral care for all Catholics–and all people–with mental illness. It’s very brief but completely worth the read.  I hope you’ll take a moment to look it over and then meet back here to discuss it.  My thanks to Deacon Greg for alerting us all to the [Read More...]

Happily Ever After–Dr. Greg and Lisa Interviewed in National Review on New Book, “Just Married.”

Kathryn Lopez posted her interview with Lisa and I on what it takes to make marriage last a lifetime.  ‘All the research says that a good marriage has little to do with where you and your mate come from and everything to do with whether you are willing to learn the skills it takes to [Read More...]

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One More Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift

Nunc Dimittis! Bacon Roses! There is really nothing left to say.   

From Russia with Love

Of course you all know what today is….  That’s right!  Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day! On the official Church calendar, we do not celebrate St Valentine, but rather,  the Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, evangelists to the Slavs, on February 14th.  You might ask, “Why does the Church promote devotion to Sts. Cyril and [Read More...]

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