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Stress, anxiety, and their antidote

Dr. Paul
Daily mindfulness practice.

When I was a freshman in college, I experienced panic attacks. They seemingly came out of nowhere—my heart pounded, my vision narrowed, and I felt as if I was losing control. When it first happened, I thought for sure I was going crazy or having a heart attack. When I went home for Thanksgiving my mother brought me to see a psychiatrist who recommended Valium, which was widely prescribed in those days. It worked—but I experienced a lot of anxiety during those years. I also saw a therapist, who was helpful too. Read more about Stress, anxiety, and their antidote

Appreciating your parents

Dr. Paul
Adult father and sons.

My father loved spring—with its yellow, red, and white tulips, fresh green leaves, and bright yellow forsythia. He lived in New York City with its long, cold winters. Spring brought new life and the promise of the long, lazy days of summer.

My Dad passed away nine years ago, at the age of 88, after a long winter. He did get to see his final spring, although he was much diminished by the ravages of cancer. I was fortunate. I was able to lend him my support in this last period of his life. Read more about Appreciating your parents

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The 25 Hour Day

Dr. Paul
Elderly man playing chess with caregiver.

Marie’s 75-year-old husband was losing his memory. At first, he forgot small things. But over time, it progressed to larger, more significant memory problems. He became disoriented and would get lost. A trip to the neurologist brought a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Marie and her family were devastated. But Marie had the hardest job. Day in and day out she took care of her husband who became increasingly disabled. Marie was exhausted and depressed. Not only was she losing the husband she loved and knew, her daily responsibilities of coping with his disability were overwhelming. Read more about The 25 Hour Day

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Coping with the painful news of the world

Dr. Paul
Man reading the paper at breakfast.

As a 65-year-old, I’m no stranger to the distressing world and national news. Goodness knows I’ve lived through a great deal of volcanic change in my lifetime, sad as well as terrifying moments, and several periods of uncertainty. Many of these stick in my head—the day Kennedy was assassinated, Martin Luther King’s murder, the Cuban missile crisis, the years of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, and numerous new presidents coming into office. Read more about Coping with the painful news of the world

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Marriage Basics: Communication is the core

Dr. Paul
Young couple standing outside their home.

Mary was furious with her husband. She wanted him to make the arrangements for their next night out. Last year they both made the decision that a twice monthly “date” was important for maintaining their relationship in the midst of their helter-skelter family life. They did a lot together as a family—Mary, Joe and their two boys, ages 8 and 10. But wisely, they both realized that it’s easy to feel neglected or taken for granted by their spouse. Time together, without the kids, is important for maintaining their marriage and staying connected. Read more about Marriage Basics: Communication is the core

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What is a DNP?

Kay Moua, DNP, ARNP explains the role of Advanced Practice Nurses holding a doctoral degree and how it differs from an Advanced Practice Nurse. Read more about What is a DNP?

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