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Drew Hammell or @Nikestories, on Faith, Life Operating a Prolific Instagram Sports Account and a NYC Church, and His Wellness

Name:Drew Hammell Title: Director of Operations & Volunteers / Freelance Writer / Blogger Company: Redeemer Church / @nikestories Based in: New York City Age: 36 I have been a churchgoer all my life and that, in combination of being a New Yorker has given me the unique opportunity to meet people with particularly unique and […]

Vanessa Smith, Mental Health Advocate and Urban Planner, on Using the Arts & Cross-Disciplines to Challenge Stereotypes

Name: Vanessa Monique SmithRole: Design Strategist and Urban PlannerBased in: New York Vanessa is a design strategist and urban planner that has directed programs across public and private sectors in New York City and abroad. Her work is driven by the idea that people’s interactions and reactions to places, spaces, and systems make our cities human. […]

Neurotransmitters #1: Gamma-Aminobutyric Acids

What is GABA? GABA, shorthand for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid or γ-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter (something that helps enable communication in the brain– important). It’s classified as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which alludes to its calming effects on an overstimulated brain. At lower, insufficient levels, you can experience migraines and insomnia, and in the presence of a serious GABA deficiency: schizophrenia, bipolar […]

Men, Mindfulness, & Meditation: Observing the Rising Trend in Men & Self-Care

Once upon a time, there were advertisement billboards, enlarged reflections of assumed masculine stereotypes. These advertisements usually revolved around women, sports, and drinking excess amounts of alcohol. To broadcast male actions as anything else was likely subject to questioning one’s sexual orientation. Not much has changed. However, there has been an gradual shift over the […]

Antidepressants #2: Norepinephrine-Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors

Depression is, in a word, complicated––especially when considered medically. While you may already be familiar with clinical depression, the condition is far from singular and not so easily diagnosed. No one depressive disorder is the same as the next, and this is seen in the diagnostic models, with specifications in the medical community made for […]

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Antidepressants #1: Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors

When broaching the concept of mental health, one topic inevitably comes up: medication. It often comes up fearfully or, worse, disparagingly, with talk of happy pills, catatonic states, and other such psychiatriphobia. But despite this, medication proves time and again to be one of the most effective forms of emotional therapy. It is a phenomenon […]

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Amy Shapiro on Balancing Probiotics and Prebiotics Intake & Tips on Food That Increases Mental Health

1. In your words, who are you? I am a Mom, Sister, Friend, Wife and Registered Dietitian with a private practice called Real Nutrition based in NYC.  I am a NYC “lifer” raising 3 kids downtown and am all about health, wellness and active living.  I love cooking, walking, farmers markets, mom and pop health food stores […]

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