Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury: Can Mindfulness Help?

Woman Depressed. Series

It can happen in the blink of an eye . . . . . . a healthy person on the way to work is suddenly blindsided by another car, and the aftermath can impact not only the driver, but her family and friends as well. Months, maybe even years of surgery, physical therapy, care giving, and treatment may follow and, in the case of traumatic brain injury (TBI), lingering depression may result. That’s why Michel Bédard, PhD, and fellow researchers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine wanted to look at the effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to reduce…

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Mindfulness and Distracted College Students

Students working in classroom

Anyone who’s ever spent time on a university campus would probably agree, there’s plenty there to distract a young college student. Since academic success relies heavily on a student’s ability to sustain focus over the course of a semester, those having any kind of attention deficit can find the college experience especially challenging. That’s why I was excited to read about a recent study conducted at the University of Miami that looked at how Mindfulness Training (MT) might reduce mind wandering among college students and enhance their working memory. For this study, researchers assigned students to a 7-week mindfulness training…

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Memorial Day Weekend: A Time to Celebrate and Honor

Memorial Day

Poet Maya Angelou wrote, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” Here in the United States, Memorial Day weekend serves as the traditional kick off for summertime and everything good that comes to mind about the season . . . . . . families and friends gathering for backyard barbecues, and the promise of seeing children running through green grass in their bare feet, lighting sparklers and catching fireflies. But for many, Memorial Day celebrations will also include a parade and, perhaps, a somber grave site ceremony because, at its heart, Memorial Day…

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Entering the Unknown: 158 Practitioners Start Something New

Young Group Of Students In Campus

Do you remember what you felt like on your first day of high school? When I look back, I can remember feeling uncertain and a little bit scared in that new place with those new people. But I can also remember feeling a spark of excitement at the beginning of a whole new adventure. I think of these emotions because, just last week, we started a new program called Building an Online Program (and Impacting so Many More Lives). And many of the practitioners who signed up mentioned feeling this same way – a mix of excited and nervous –…

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Smile Train: Celebrating One Million Smiles

Kids Run With Kite

Is it any surprise that one of the most popular songs on radio right now is about clapping along in happiness? If you’re anything like I am, some days the news of the world can seem so bleak, you’re just eager to hear something different. So it’s refreshing to see something uplifting go viral. And here’s something else that brightened my mood today – I received an encouraging email from someone we work with at Smile Train (which is one of the outstanding organizations NICABM supports). Smile Train is an international children’s charity providing reconstructive cleft lip and palate surgery…

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Mindfulness: Help for Breast Cancer Survivors?

Celebration at walk for breast cancer

Last weekend, Walnut Hill Park in New Britain, Connecticut, was awash in pink for the annual Race in the Park, on behalf of breast cancer research. Throughout the event, breast cancer survivors were honored with a special breakfast, mini manicures, chair massages, and other amenities celebrating their courage and perseverance in battling this disease. The good news is, since 1990, more and more women are surviving a breast cancer diagnosis. The bad news is, many survivors continue to wrestle with feelings of anxiety, fear, and other distress requiring psychological intervention and care. That’s why I wanted to share a recent…

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