Archive: April, 2014

Are You a Cyberchondriac?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

More than 6 million Americans search online for medical advice every day, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. This is usually harmless and can even be helpful if it leads you to engage in a productive dialogue with your doctor. Of course, it can also be taken too far.

‘Cyberchondriac’ is a relatively new term used to describe people who surf the net incessantly for health information, then believe they have a certain disease they read about online. Suddenly a pimple begins to look like skin cancer, a sore knee is a sign of arthritis and a scratchy throat is cause for alarm.


How to Release Anger

by Hale Dwoskin

Suppressed anger is damaging to your relationships, your health and your peace of mind.

Anger is such a damaging emotion that, if left unchecked, it can lead to depression, substance abuse and other problems. Anger is also a form of stress, and stress is responsible for 75 percent to 90 percent of Americans’ doctor visits, according to the American Institute for Stress.


A Better Night’s Sleep: Sleep Tips

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

Most experts say the ‘magic’ sleep number is between seven and nine hours a night. Get this amount, and you’ll bounce out of bed refreshed, chipper and ready to take on the day. In reality, most Americans do not get even eight hours of sleep a night (only 26 percent do, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF)) and this lack of sleep is affecting our lives.