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Seasonal Affective Disorder: When Feeling Sad is More than Just Sad

It's the time of year when joyful music is piped into every store in America, decorative lights adorn houses in every neighborhood, stockings are hung with care, and presents are shopped for and then wrapped with love for the people we care most about. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Except for when it is anything but the most wonderful time of the year. For some people, this time of year is also associated with feelings of depression, tension, and stress, as well as … [Read More]

Three Ways of Cultivating Gratitude

During the holiday season, we often talk about being thankful. We appreciate our friends and family and our health. We look at everything in our favor and ponder our positive life experiences. When we do this, we are indeed practicing the art of gratitude. Gratitude is defined as "the feeling of appreciation and thanks." It is an emotion expressing gratefulness for what one has-as opposed what one wants or needs. Gratitude brings about the opportunity to see a situation from mor… [Read More]

ASIA Impairment Scale: A Quick Communications Tool

The American Spinal Injury Association's ASIA impairment scale is used to describe a person's functional impairment as a result of experiencing a spinal cord injury. If you or a loved one has ever suffered a spinal cord injury, you know firsthand that the terminology and lingo, including the ASIA impairment scale, can be overwhelming and even frightening.  Although it is the responsibility of health care providers to ensure that they are using plain language and communication c… [Read More]


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