Positive Emotions May Lead to Fewer Chronic Health Problems

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Positive Emotions
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For more than seven years, Dr. Mark Cartwright has served as a psychologist at Carewright Clinical Services in Dallas, Texas, treating patients living with various conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In his work at the Dallas-based practice, Dr. Mark Cartwright helps clients realize the positive aspects of their lives through cognitive techniques and other behavioral work, the benefits of which were recently highlighted by the American Psychological Association.

According to a study published in Emotion, an academic journal of the American Psychological Association, individuals who work to balance out their negative feelings with positive ones may be able to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases by lowering their levels of systemic inflammation. For the trial, researchers gathered data from 175 participants, ranging in age from 40 to 65, over a 30-day period. Participants were instructed to measure their daily range of emotions via a tablet computer.

Patients were then evaluated during a six-month follow-up visit where their blood was drawn to test for inflammation levels. According to the study’s lead author, Anthony Ong, PhD, patients who had a broader range of emotions, experiencing happiness in contrast to sadness, showed lower inflammation levels than those who did not experience positive emotions to offset negative ones. The study’s authors suggest these lower inflammation levels lessen their risk of developing chronic illnesses.


APA Will Host Its 125th Annual Convention in Washington, DC

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For more than six years, Dr. Mark Cartwright has practiced as a psychologist at Carewright Clinical Services in Dallas, Texas. Dedicated to providing optimal assessment and therapy to his patients in Dallas, Dr. Mark Cartwright stays active in his field through membership in the American Psychological Association (APA).

The premier psychology organization in the United States, the APA represents more than 115,000 members. High ethical standards, psychological research, and continued education are the main points of focus for the APA.

The organization will host its annual convention August 3-6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. More than 12,000 psychology professionals are expected to attend.

Along with speakers and networking activities, the event will feature the signature APA Exhibit Hall, where psychology professionals can view and purchase products and services to aid them in their work. In addition, the event presents a unique advertising opportunity for businesses in the field. For more details, visit www.apa.org.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

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Psychologist Mark Cartwright practices at Carewright Clinical Services in Dallas, Texas. As president and CEO of the clinic, Mark Cartwright offers therapy and related services to both children and adults in the greater Dallas area. He often works with patients living with PTSD, and has provided forensic evaluations related to the subject.

Question: What is PTSD?
Answer: PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. This mental-health concern can develop after someone experiences a very traumatic event, such as combat or sexual assault.

Q: What are the symptoms of PTSD?
A: People who live with PTSD typically experience very negative memories, and may have flashbacks to the event or events that caused the trauma. They may also become anxious, jittery, paranoid, irritable, or reckless. Feelings of numbness or general disinterest are common as well.

Q: What therapies are available to PTSD patients?
A: PTSD treatments generally involve psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Psychotherapy relies on counseling with a therapist. This can include cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and other methods that have been proven to be effective in the treatment of PTSD.

Spotting the Signs of ADHD in Adults

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A licensed psychologist in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Mark Cartwright treats children, adolescents, and adults for a wide range of mental illnesses and developmental issues. Since 2008, Dr. Mark Cartwright has worked at Carewright Clinical Services in Dallas, diagnosing and treating conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which in some cases is not detected until adulthood.

Many adults with ADHD may have been labeled troublemakers or dreamers during childhood, but symptoms were not pronounced enough to prompt an evaluation. As time goes on and responsibilities pertaining to home, relationships, and career increase, ADHD shows itself in a variety of ways. The two main components of the condition are an inability to pay attention and hyperactivity.

Patients may have trouble organizing and prioritizing daily tasks or “zone out” during an activity. Forgetfulness, chronic lateness, and poor listening skills are other symptoms, as are extreme mood swings and difficulties dealing with criticism. Those with the condition may also have impulse control issues and engage in risky behaviors such as driving too fast.

All of these symptoms can not only negatively affect jobs and relationships but also contribute to low self-esteem, as patients beat themselves up for not being able to maintain control of their lives. A qualified mental health professional can make a diagnosis of ADHD and recommend lifestyle and behavioral changes to achieve more focus and calm.