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President
Christina Brown, PhD


WOMEN’S HEALTH AND WELLNESS INFORMATON:

1 – 60-80% of primary care physician visits are for issues that have significant psychological foundations or components, based on recent research.

2 – Lifestyle behaviors may greatly affect the course, severity, and duration of many physical health issues. Stress management, proper nutrition, and consistent exercise have all been shown to assist in improving and maintaining good physical health. In fact, research has shown that physical exercise, especially cardio-vascular exercise, can reduce mild to moderate depressive symptoms, in addition to psychotherapy as appropriate.

3 – Annual checkups for women are typically recommended by age as follows:

            65+                  bone density baseline and as needed

            65+                  eye exams

            50+                  colorectal screenings

            45+                  blood glucose (every 3 years if normal results)

            40+                  mammogram

            40                    baseline eye disease screening

            21+                  pap

            All ages           Routine physical with bloodwork

            All ages           Dental (every 6 months)

            All ages           Blood pressure (more often if of concern)

4 – HPV includes some strains that are precursors to cervical cancer. HPV can be detected by a pap smear. Early detection of HPV can prevent cervical cancer.

5 – Social support is one of the best buffers for stress, whether acute or chronic.

6 – 1/3 of US females develop heart disease. Managing excess stress, 30-minutes of moderate exercise five-times per week, foods low in saturated and trans fats, limited cholesterol and sodium intake, weight loss as needed, limited alcohol intake, and not smoking are great aids to preventing heart disease.

7 – Relaxation exercises and meditation have no negative side effects and have been shown to boost concentration, increase energy, and reduce fatigue and other signals of stress.

8 – Tracking and scheduling time actually creates more time by reducing periods of uncertainty and excess time on distractions and ineffective diversions.

9 – Simply writing down everything one eats has been shown to assist in weight loss and in making healthier eating choices.

10 – Humor has wonderful health benefits – laughing, smiling, thinking uplifting thoughts can improve mood and physical health. Also, thoughts of gratitude can lift mood.

(compiled for your information by Lori Kleinman, PhD, 2015)

 

SELECTED BOOKS RELATED TO WOMEN’S ISSUES

Below are some book titles related to psychology of women, from authors and fields inside and outside of our own, intended for your information, education, and re-creation. Enjoy!

The Female Brain (2006) Louann Brizendine, MD

Infertility and the Creative Spirit (2010) Roxane Head-Dinkin, PhD & Robert J. Dinkin

The Thyroid Solution (2007) Ridha Arem, MD

The Wisdom of Menopause (2001) Christiane Northrup, MD

Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom (2010) Christiane Northrup, MD

Pandora’s Box: Women’s Influence in Myth and Reality (2010) James Andrew Mitchell

Women and Money (2007) Suze Orman

Mustang Sallies: Success Secrets of Women Who Refuse to Run with the Herd (2004) Fawn Germer

Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen (2005) Thomas J. Stanley, PhD

She: Understanding Feminine Psychology (1989) Robert A. Johnson

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (1995) Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

Gift from the Sea (1975) Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Our Bodies Ourselves (2011) Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Our Bodies Ourselves: Menopause (2006) Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Free to Be You and Me (1974) Marlo Thomas

Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty (2014) Jean Shinoda Bolen, PhD

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