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Check Your Anger in the Check Out Line

posted by Linda Mintle

The other day, I ran into the grocery store to pick up a last minute item for dinner. As I meandered through the aisles trying to find the one item I needed, I noticed the checkout lines were long and […]

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Do Intelligence and Creativity Come With a Price?

posted by Linda Mintle

When you contemplate a beautiful work of art by van Gogh, you sense the genius and creativity behind it. What mind envisions such beauty and is able to capture it on a canvas? Or how about when you read the […]

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What Isn’t Discussed in Violent Shootings

posted by Linda Mintle

Like most of you, I was shaken by the horrific events of this past week: the senseless shooting of two TV journalists happened in my backyard. Those reporters worked at one of the TV stations in my viewing area and not […]

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National Dog Day: Take Your Canine to Work!

posted by Linda Mintle

In honor of national dog day… I feel blessed that I get to take my dog to work every day. Zoe, pictured here, is the comfort dog for the medical school in which I work. Every morning she greets the students […]

Texting and Walking: Are You Physically in Danger?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a common sight. People texting and walking. I admit. I get annoyed when I am walking in a big city and someone walks into me because they are texting on their phone. Everything inside of me screams, “Look Up! […]

6 Easy Ways to Improve Your IQ

posted by Linda Mintle

While having a high IQ doesn’t guarantee life success, it sure helps with academic achievement. So if you feel you need a little IQ boost, keep reading. Measures of intelligence are not static and can be affected by life and […]

Can You Think Away Chronic Pain?

posted by Linda Mintle

Susan’s leg injury was healed more than two months ago, so why is she still having chronic pain? Her family thinks it is all in her head, but is it? Her doctor can’t find a reason for the pain and […]

Are You Genetically Predisposed to Worry?

posted by Linda Mintle

Susan feels she can’t stop worrying no matter how hard she tries. She’s beginning to wonder if she is a born worry. She is asking, “Can worry be genetic?” In 2007, Yale researchers found a gene variation associated with chronic […]

Are You in the Prime of Your Life?

posted by Linda Mintle

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I’m in the prime of my life?” Do you wonder when the prime of your life happens? As we age, this may cross your mind as you notice certain skills fading away. But there is […]

10 Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Anxiety

posted by Linda Mintle

Anxiety is something we are all familiar with and sometimes struggle to overcome. Certainly, there are the therapy approaches and medications to help with anxiety. But what about lifestyle changes that lessen anxiety and may even be the root cause. Here […]

A Therapeutic Way to Deal With Heartache or Tragedy

posted by Linda Mintle

He sat in my office and told me his father died suddenly of a heart attack. There was no warning and he and his mom were heartbroken.  She was crying as she talked about her 20 year marriage coming to […]

Want to Stay Young? Engage in the Arts!

posted by Linda Mintle

Music, dance, drawing, reading, listening to poetry–all ways we can engage the arts. But is there a connection between staying young and engaging these activities? Yes, engaging in the arts helps you stay young. 1) Take up dancing. Dancing is […]

Do You Suffer From iPhone Separation?

posted by Linda Mintle

The other day I was running late for a meeting. As I rushed to the meeting, I suddenly realized I left my iPhone on my desk. For a moment, I panicked. Should I excuse myself and go back and get it? […]

Are Women More Emotionally Stimulated Than Men?

posted by Linda Mintle

When my husband and I watch a movie that has a strong emotional story line, I seem to be more moved by the story. For example, the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan felt traumatizing to me. I kept whispering […]

What To Know About Treating Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

You feel depressed and you know you need help. Where do you begin? First step, make an appointment with a mental health professional. This could include a psychiatrist (able to prescribe medications), licensed psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage […]

Treatment Approaches for OCD: What Works

posted by Linda Mintle

In any year, 1% of the U.S. population suffers with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) according to NIMH. OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety (obsessions) and behaviors or thoughts that reduce that anxiety (compulsions). Is is often debilitating. […]

Working Out in Cold Weather: How to Get Motivated

posted by Linda Mintle

I spent a week in South Florida this Christmas break. Every morning I was up and out the door to do a 2 mile hike to the beach. I simply got out of bed, put on my workout clothes and bolted out […]

Is Fear Stopping You From Taking Medications?

posted by Linda Mintle

If you have ever seen a TV commercial for a specific drug, you probably wonder why anyone would ever take that drug. The speed reading list of possible side effects is enough to stop most of us from even considering […]

Do Genetics or Lifestyle Determine Our Diseases?

posted by Linda Mintle

My father has type 2 diabetes. His mother had it as well. Does this mean I will get it too? Most of us look at our family history of disease and wonder if we inherited our parents’ illnesses. We worry that […]

The Real Reason We Yawn!

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s late afternoon. You are sitting in a meeting. Three people at the table yawn and you do the same. Are you bored? Tired? Or what? Need more coffee? Need more sleep? Or maybe you need a nice cool air-conditioned […]

More Bad News for Pot Smokers

posted by Linda Mintle

As the legalization of marijuana gains momentum, more data pours in that is NOT good news. Here are some of the findings: Sometimes, marijuana is addictive. If you begin as a teen, you have a higher chance of developing an addiction. […]

Robin Williams: Laughter and Sadness

posted by Linda Mintle

The news that Robin Williams had died, hit me hard. This incredible funny man was introduced to me as an alien on Mork and Mindy. Immediately, one could see the quick wit of a comedian destined for stardom. He made us laugh! Then he […]

More Evidence That Pot is Not Harmless

posted by Linda Mintle

In recent months, the debate concerning the harm of marijuana has been in full force. Our own President insisted that smoking pot was no worse than alcohol. But the science, not the opinions of many, of marijuana use is proving […]

Is Marijuana No Big Deal? 10 Considerations

posted by Linda Mintle

When our President said that marijuana is no more dangerous to a person’s health than alcohol, not everyone agreed. Consider these 1o points: 1) The American Medical Association opposes marijuana legalization and continues to see it as a public health concern. […]

Stay in the Black on Black Friday!

posted by Linda Mintle

Maybe you are one of those people who got up at 4a.m and shopped until you dropped to hit all the Black Friday bargains. I did it once. Probably, won’t do it again. I had two problems. 1) I got […]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

posted by Linda Mintle

From my home to yours, enjoy the feast, give thanks and relax! Click on this link to listen to the Dr. Linda Mintle radio show on the power of gratitude.

Holiday Drinking: 5 Ways Aging Matters

posted by Linda Mintle

Tis the season for alcohol to flow regularly. Office parties, get togethers, holidays celebrations. But does your age make a difference when it comes to alcohol consuming? As you age, you lose muscle mass, body water and tend to add […]

The 3 Best Ways to Unwind

posted by Linda Mintle

I have a big academic paper  to write. This kind of task, like many we encounter at work, requires sustained energy and focus. But after awhile, we all need a break. So what is the best way to unwind for […]

Put Down That Cell Phone and Pay Attention!

posted by Linda Mintle

Recently, I was in New York City. I love the energy of that city. But I noticed something this time I had not noticed before. People were constantly walking in to me because they were on their smart phones and […]

5 Stages of a Mass Shooting and How to Respond If You Are In the Area

posted by Linda Mintle

With all the shootings in recent years, people are thinking of how they might respond to such an horrific event. Here is some help from law enforcement.  Praying that none of you are ever in a position to have to use […]

Again, What Are We Looking For in Mass Shooters?

posted by Linda Mintle

To my dismay, I feel like I have written some version of this blog too many times. I fear if won’t be the last time. Whenever there is a mass shooting, we try to understand what happened in order to […]

Where Were You on 911?

posted by Linda Mintle

Today is always a sobering day. It’s one of those days that will forever be in our memories. There have been other moments like 911 in my life: The Shooting of President Kennedy. I was very young, in a grade […]

Miley Cyrus Doing What Hollywood Taught Her

posted by Linda Mintle

Social media outlets have been ablaze with buzz about the gross and shocking “performance” of Miley Cyrus on MTV’s Video Music Awards. I watched and was deeply saddened. While Miley bopped around the stage like a porn star, others were […]

Anxious? Don’t Avoid the Fear.

posted by Linda Mintle

When Julie was a child, she was bitten by a dog and developed a terrible fear of dogs. She desperately wants to overcome that fear. Today, she agreed to visit a good friend who has a small submissive dog. When […]

The Throw Down: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and President Obama

posted by Linda Mintle

After reading a story in the Telegraph about the President’s dog, Bo, being helicoptered to Martha’s Vineyard on one of two MV-22 Ospreys (a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane,) for yet another family […]

Bathing Beauty or Sex Object? Are Women Sold a Lie?

posted by Linda Mintle

  You put on that bikini and think, It’s just a bathing suit. Men see more skin on TV and in the movies than on me. No big deal, right? Well at the risk of once again sounding like a […]

Why The Royal Baby Was A Stress Reducer

posted by Linda Mintle

After all the bad news of the day, did you find yourself smiling at the birth of the royal baby? If you did, you were engaging in stress relief! Stuck in traffic, SMILE! Someone cuts in line at a sporting […]

What Do Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen Have in Common?

posted by Linda Mintle

I’m doing tomorrow’s blog right now. The reason is I couldn’t believe the sound bite I just heard from Fox News. It was an audio piece from the Trayvon Martin case. The star witness from the prosecution, Rachel Jeantel, was […]

A Bully Now Anti-Bully–A Spiritual Lesson

posted by Linda Mintle

Apparently, Abercrombie & Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries, is reacting to all the negative press about his remarks to exclude uncool teens and unattractive people from his clothing line. Even late night television picked up the bullying behavior and did a […]

Why Should You Care About the Controversial DSM V?

posted by Linda Mintle

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), version 5, is finally out after years of debate and posturing. This book is considered the “Bible” of psychiatry. It is the one used by all clinicians and doctors to give diagnoses so insurance […]

And the Worst Customer Service Retail Award Goes to…

posted by Linda Mintle

I can’t comment on heavy stuff everyday, so after yesterday’s shock and awe about Yale, I need a lighter blog! If you shop and care about customer service, check out the top 9 worst retailers for customer service according to […]

What Makes You Happy? 10 Secrets You Must Know

posted by Linda Mintle

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5 Tips to Combat Health Worries

posted by Linda Mintle

This morning I am taking my daughter to get her wisdom teeth removed. She can’t wait for it to be over and I feel the same. Even though this is a routine surgery, it is still a surgery and can […]

Guest Blog: Dr. Rita Hancock on Hope For Pain Sufferers

posted by Linda Mintle

Guest blogger Dr. Rita Hancock, Board-certified Pain Management, treats people holistically. Author of Radical Well-Being and The Eden Diet, you can find out more about her at her website, www.RitaHancock.com   As a pain management specialist, I see patients on […]

Free and Easy Stress Buster

posted by Linda Mintle

I’ve written about it before. I trained residents, librarians, social workers, teachers and others in this easy stress buster. It’s free, it’s easy and it will save money on your health care costs. What is it? SMILING! Your facial gestures […]

Now I Know Why I Hate Exercise!

posted by Linda Mintle

I saw this story yesterday in the Wall Street Journal on exercise and I had to write about it. Finally, something that made sense in terms of why I hate to exercise! Like you, I know the importance of exercise. […]

Dr. Linda’s 10 Super Bowl Highlights

posted by Linda Mintle

Super Bowl  is a bit like Christmas.- the hype outweighs the actual event. Don’t get me wrong, it turned out to be a good game even though I was routing for San Francisco. But all the hoopla surrounding the game […]

Stressed? A Quick and Easy Way to Relax

posted by Linda Mintle

The next time you feel tension creeping into your body, try this: If you, like millions of Americans, feel stressed out and in need of a long vacation you can’t afford to take, don’t sweat it. There is a lot […]

Bump Your Phone for Way Too Much Information!

posted by Linda Mintle

When you think you’ve heard it all, you know you haven’t! Here is an App I never saw coming. It uses Bump Technology. If you’ve never heard of what it means to “bump” your smart phone, let me explain. Bump […]

5 Tips to Fight the Holiday Blues

posted by Linda Mintle

The holidays can bring overwhelming demands, over commitment, worries about finances, and unrealistic expectations. Sometimes, as a reaction to all the busyness, we find ourselves feeling down or little blue. So how can you fight those down feelings? 1) Think […]

Does Your Doctor Pay Attention to You? 10 Ways to Know

posted by Linda Mintle

You wait for the doctor to come in to the exam room. The wait seems like an eternity. The table is cold and so are you because the gown is so thin. You wish he would just show up. He […]

Stressed? Do You Have the Resources?

posted by Linda Mintle

Today’s blog is a a video blog on how to reduce stress using your resources. Of course, your greatest resource is your relationship with God. He is always with you, empowers you through His Holy Spirit and will walk you […]

Stressed? Take A Holistic Approach to Self-Care During the Holidays

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s hard not to feel stressed during the holiday season. There is so much to do–parties, cleaning, cooking, shopping and gift wrapping .. OK I am getting stressed just listing it all out! This season, don’t let stress get the […]

VOTE TODAY

posted by Linda Mintle

 GET OUT THERE AND VOTE TODAY! It’s important! No excuses! Just do it!

Another Birthday? Embrace Aging!

posted by Linda Mintle

Today is my birthday and another reminder of the aging process. Our bodies change as we age. We may not like all the changes; I mean, who looks forward to an extra two to ten pounds with menopause? Who enjoys […]

24 Ways to Get Unstuck: Today National Depression Screening Day

posted by Linda Mintle

Today is National Depression Screening Day. Free screenings are happening all around the country to bring awareness and help for those suffering from depression. Check out this slide presentation we put together to help get you or someone you love […]

Anxiety: A Common Symptom You Need to Treat

posted by Linda Mintle

Yesterday I was talking on a national radio show about anxiety. We had call ins the entire hour. People wanted to know more about anxiety and how to treat it. If you struggle with anxiety, you join 29% of the […]

Six Tips to Help You Transition with Change

posted by Linda Mintle

Fall reminds me of new beginnings. They are exciting but stressful at the same time. One reason is because new beginnings involve change. Change, whether positive or negative, brings stress. Here are six tips to help you transition during any […]

The Best Antidote for Stress? You Already Have It!

posted by Linda Mintle

If you could have one of the best antidotes for stress, would you take it? If I told you it is something that you can easily access and is free, would you want it? If I raved about how this […]

If You Have Friggatriskaidekaphobia, Today Could Be Tough!

posted by Linda Mintle

If you have Friggatriskaidekaphobia, you and 17 to 21 million other people may have an anxious day today. Today is Friday the 13th. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th! And while there is no causal evidence that links […]

5 Do and Don’t for Valentine Day Singles

posted by Linda Mintle

Here are my 5 Dos and Don’ts for Valentine’s Day for singles: 1. Not in a relationship this Valentine’s Day: Don’t sit home and pout about not being in the relationship of your dreams while drowning your sorrows in pints […]

SuperBowl: Great Game, but Madonna?

posted by Linda Mintle

While my team did not make it to the super bowl this year, I am excited to see the big game as those two teams should put on quite the show. But Madonna for the half time entertainment? A friend […]

Kim Kardashian Going to Church?

posted by Linda Mintle

Did Kim Kardashian go to church? Apparently after taking New York, she has taken a pew! According to The Christian Post, she went to church. Mom also attended with her.  And, Kim blogged about what she wore from her latest Spring […]

Want to Be Smarter? 5 Ways to Boost Your IQ

posted by Linda Mintle

Want to be smarter? IQ is not a fixed number that can’t be influenced. You can actually boost your IQ with these 5 practical steps: 1) Take on a new task. new and novel stimulate the brain in a good […]

Getting Unstuck: 24 Ways to Fight Depression

posted by Linda Mintle

God’s plan is not for you to be depressed. He wants you experiencing His joy no matter the circumstances of your life. Yet approximately 20 million people suffer from clinical depression feeling hopeless, listless and stuck. The voice of depression […]

Are You SAD, Down, Blue?

posted by Linda Mintle

Feeling down and blue? Has the gloom of winter gotten you? The sky is cloudy and dark. You feel tired, unable to concentrate, want to eat, crave carbohydrates, and feel like being alone. It’s hard to get out of bed. […]

Will Watching TV Shorten Your Life?

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s a know fact that smokers tend to live shorter lives than nonsmokers. In fact, smoking two cigarettes a day can shorten your life by about 22 minutes. Now what if I told you that watching TV could do the […]

8 Strategies to Break Compulsive Spending

posted by Linda Mintle

If you need help with compulsive spending, try applying these strategies to help break the cycle: 1) Admit you have a problem. 2) Get rid of your credit cards and pay with cash or check only. Hide one card for […]

Alec Baldwin: Hello to More Celebrity Entitlement

posted by Linda Mintle

Alec Baldwin embodies the entitlement mentality we see so prominently displayed among celebrities and others these days. His latest incident of being escorted off an American Airline flight for refusing to turn off his cell phone when asked, is another […]

Signs of Compulsive Shopping

posted by Linda Mintle

” I can’t believe we owe this much money on our credit cards from the holidays! What happened? This debt will take months to pay off and has put us in serious financially trouble.” ” I’m sorry. I guess I […]

Why Lady GaGa Doesn’t Have to Take Off Her Clothes

posted by Linda Mintle

I watched A GaGa Thanksgiving last week. I am always curious about the influences that shape people to be who they are and wanted to hear her story–at least a slice of it. It was a surprisingly entertaining special. Her […]

9 Benefits of Being Grateful

posted by Linda Mintle

  On this Thanksgiving day, we pay special attention to giving thanks. So as you take a moment and talk about the things for which you are grateful, keep in mind the benefits that come with a thankful heart. Grateful […]

10 Tips For Healthy Holiday Travel

posted by Linda Mintle

For years, I spend 15 hours one way traveling in a car from Virginia to Michigan to be with family during Thanksgiving. I dreaded the long trip, but wouldn’t miss being with family during the holidays. If you are like […]

Penn State Football: Success Without Honor

posted by Linda Mintle

The Penn State’s football motto is “Success with honor.” After the news of this week, that motto is suspect. The reason has to do with Jerry Sandusky, a 33 year defensive coordinator at Penn State who retired after the 1999 […]

Is “Selfish” Genetic?

posted by Linda Mintle

Two toddlers are at play: Timmy hands his truck to his friend, “Here you can play with it.” But Ricky hangs on to that truck for dear life. “No it is mine!” Is the difference genetic? In an Israeli study […]

Letting Go of Worry Has Been Released in Stores!

posted by Linda Mintle

Letting Go of Worry is officially out now. Tell your friends. Get a copy and a few extras to give to friends. It is possible to live a worry free life and this book will tell you how to do […]

Seven Off-the-Wall SignsThat Fall Has Arrived

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s 80 degrees again today but hey it’s Fall! None of the leaves have changed color. Here at the beach, they actually just fall off in fall. So I have to look for signs of Fall. Here are my top […]

What Makes You Happy?

posted by Linda Mintle

I had to laugh when I read this USA Today newspaper headline: “Psychologists now know what makes people happy.” I didn’t know happiness was a secret to be discovered by my noble profession! Curious, I kept reading. Here is what […]

Not My View on The View Today

posted by Linda Mintle

During my usual channel surfing while on the elliptical at the Y, I happened across a segment on The View today. Whoopi Goldberg was talking about a passenger who was kicked off a flight for cursing. Apparently a Brooklyn man […]

Dog Days: Too Hot to Trot

posted by Linda Mintle

It’s hot! And every time I try to take my dog for a walk, she and I about pass out before we get to the end of the block. Neither of us is getting the exercise we need. I can […]

Doing Life Together: Beginning July 1, 2011

posted by Linda Mintle

Grab a cup of coffee. Get comfortable and let’s do life together. We will tackle everyday issues that lead to good mental health. I bring years of clinical training and experience to our virtual table and will serve up tips […]

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Check Your Anger in the Check Out Line
The other day, I ran into the grocery store to pick up a last minute item for dinner. As I meandered through the aisles trying to find the one item I needed, I noticed the checkout lines were long and dotted with carts of overflowing groceries. ...

posted 7:00:31am Sep. 04, 2015 | read full post »

Do Intelligence and Creativity Come With a Price?
When you contemplate a beautiful work of art by van Gogh, you sense the genius and creativity behind it. What mind envisions such beauty and is able to capture it on a canvas? Or how about when you read the famous works of Virginia Woolf or ...

posted 7:00:13am Sep. 02, 2015 | read full post »

What Isn't Discussed in Violent Shootings
Like most of you, I was shaken by the horrific events of this past week: the senseless shooting of two TV journalists happened in my backyard. Those reporters worked at one of the TV stations in my viewing area and not too far from the massacre ...

posted 9:00:29am Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Why Sex is Not Always About the Sex
If you watch most television shows, you would think that the most important part of any relationship is sex! But when it comes to what matters most in a relationship, it's not the sex. And if we focus  only on sex, the relationship won't ...

posted 7:00:42am Aug. 28, 2015 | read full post »

National Dog Day: Take Your Canine to Work!
In honor of national dog day... I feel blessed that I get to take my dog to work every day. Zoe, pictured here, is the comfort dog for the medical school in which I work. Every morning she greets the students and helps reduce their stress. ...

posted 7:00:18am Aug. 26, 2015 | read full post »

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