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Brain Health – How Your Brain Works

Introduction This post is a part of a Straight, No Chaser series on brain health and discusses how your brain works.   Everyone at Straight, No Chaser and www.sterlingmedic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 12, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part II – Bulimia

If you read Part I of this conversation on eating disorders (anorexia nervosa), you will recall that eating disorders are a mix of an abnormal body image combined with abnormal b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 20, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: When Eating Goes Wrong, Part I – Anorexia

Simply put, our society doesn’t do the job it should in promoting a normal image of health at either end of the body size spectrum. The typically promoted American ideal of b
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 19, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Sexual Deviances and Perversions (Paraphilias)

This is a serious conversation that I won’t sensationalize or joke about. The mental health disorders known as paraphilias (commonly referred to as sexual deviancies or perversio
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD February 16, 2018

Your Stress Management Plan

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser give you the tools for a stress management plan. The path to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” isn’t as simple as the old song suggests, but if
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 10, 2018

Stress Management Saves Lives

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser shows you why you need a stress management strategy. Let’s agree not to go into the New Year filled with last year’s tension or without a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 9, 2018

Straight, No Chaser: Depression – How to Avoid It, When to Get Help

This is the third post in a series on depression and suicide. In our first post, we focused on the magnitude of  clinical depression and suicide. In the second post, we provided
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 24, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Tips to Deal with Depression and The Holiday Blues

I don’t mean to bring anyone down during what is supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ but in reality there are many people hurting. For some, life’s traged
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 23, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Are You Depressed and/or Suicidal?

In our first post on clinical depression and suicide, we looked at the scope of the disease, and in the next post we will provide tips for you to address depression and an inclina
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD November 22, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Battered Woman Syndrome and Why Victims Stay In Abusive Relationships

Domestic violence has been in the news quite a bit lately, and among the many questions asked, perhaps the most frequent is beguiling to many: “Why do the victims stay in the abu
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 6, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Domestic Violence – How to Get Out of an Abusive Situation

Remember: You are not to blame, and you need not face domestic violence alone. With the recent attention in the news on domestic violence and debates about responses and responsibi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 5, 2017

Straight No Chaser: Identifying Risks of Domestic Violence

Today we point to knowledge as the key to preventing potential life-threatening episodes in the household. This is the second in a three-part series on domestic violence. The prev
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 4, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Keys to Mental (Un)Health and (Un)Happiness

Straight, No Chaser is mindful that there are multitudes of us excessively happy and unhappy. Everyone has thoughts about the keys to happiness, but we can objectify the conversat
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 2, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Fibromyalgia

Previously, Straight, No Chaser has discussed the frustration of uncertainty some patients have with having symptoms and not being given a diagnosis (much less a cure). Imagine i
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 14, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Life Begins (To End) at 40 (Unless It Doesn’t) – The Cerebrovascular System (Your Brain)

Last but not least, in the last part of this series, let’s talk about your brain. But first a summary comment. Life after 40 poses both opportunity and obstacles. 35 to 40 is eit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 10, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Suicide and Suicide Risks in College Students

I just had the privilege of spending time at my alma mater addressing issues on behalf of students and mental health services. Among many other things discussed, I was shocked by t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 25, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Questions About Memory Loss and Forgetfulness

Are you the type that has a bad memory? Is your memory good when you “want it to be?” Do you just have problems paying attention? Are you concerned about elderly family
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 19, 2017

Police and PTSD Production in Communities

Introduction This post reviews the effect of police and PTSD production in communities. Just a month ago, Straight, No Chaser discussed Mass Trauma, Community Stress and Post-Traum
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 18, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Dementia – When Brain Health Goes Bad

In case you didn’t pick up on it, the posts regarding brain health served two purposes. The first is to ensure you give yourself the best opportunity to live a healthy, happy men
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 17, 2017

Straight, No Chaser: Self-Assessment for Signs of Early Dementia or Alzheimer’s

Each of us has elderly family members for whom we may be concerned about their memory or other possible signs of dementia. You don’t have to stand by powerless and let them dwin
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 16, 2017
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