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Mind and Matter, by Steve Cartun

Mental health and the affordable housing crisis

The housing crisis in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and the greater Adirondack region has prevented many local employees from easily obtaining a place to live that is within a reasonable commute, and that asks an affordable rent. There was only one reasonably priced apartment in the area when I was ...

Rewiring the brain

Our brains are constantly changing and evolving. The term brain plasticity means that, regardless of age, our brains and minds can be positively or negatively impacted by exogenous events. In addition to physical changes in the brain that occur after trauma, there are also psychological ...

Politics, mental health and our nation’s future

The old adage of not discussing politics and religion with strangers is good advice. We are wired as social creatures to protect ourselves and to recognize how hot topics can lead to strife with others. The divisive political climate has taught many of us to avoid talking even with our own ...

Re-experiencing childhood fear, anxiety later in life

Imagine that you are driving to pick up your 11-year-old from elementary school. She normally waits by the school driveway and has never before been late. All sorts of worries and anxieties begin to percolate through your mind. Did something horrible happen to her and the school wasn’t able ...

Breaking the cycle of relationship repeats

We traverse our life with new people and new circumstances. Every time we leave our home, we are surrounded by individuals. While it would be ideal if we could begin every new relationship with an objective understanding about the person we have befriended, psychoanalysis states that we can ...

The psychology of choice and freedom

When Danielle Kahneman and Amos Tversky won the 2002 Nobel Prize for economics, their prospect theory demonstrated that a negative event exhibits twice as much of an impact as the occurrence of a positive event. This makes intuitive sense. From personal experience, many of us can remember times ...