Posts By Janet Hoffman


Decreasing Annual Seasonal Depression

Recently, I was reading an article about “SAD”—Seasonal Affective Disorder—and thought how unfortunate it is that people are subjected to depression by their own body’s reaction to the change in season. And, unfortunately for us, SAD is diagnosed four times more often in women than in men. But Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a former NIH senior […]


Is This Anxiety?

“It’s really uncomfortable, sometimes like being overdosed on caffeine, sometimes like something has to be fixed, even if you don’t know what that is—it’s the opposite of the sense of well-being.”  Everyone knows what it can feel like when they’re anxious. But is that feeling the only sign of anxiety? It might be that certain […]


On the Front Lines: Interview with a Social Worker

I had a friend who worked as a social worker in a poor section of Brooklyn, visiting families in need—she was kind, patient and empathetic—and she went home every night and collapsed in tears. Social work is a demanding and challenging profession that is essential to the health of our society—even while it damages the […]


Depression During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most amazing times in a woman’s life, despite the morning sickness, fatigue, abdominal pain, headaches and insomnia that may accompany it. For many women, and in most circumstances, pregnancy is experienced as a happy time. But for a significant number of women, happiness isn’t part of the picture. In […]


Real Rehabilitation: Women Inmates Learn Transcendental Meditation

With about 220,000 women in the correctional system, the United States is one of the top incarcerators of women in the world. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Only five percent of the world’s female population lives in the U.S., yet nearly one-third of all the female prisoners in the entire world are here in […]


Women’s Heart Health, Valentine’s Day and Stress: An Interview with Nationally Renowned Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum

I recently caught up with Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum to ask her about the stress that women may experience around Valentine’s Day and during this recent brutal winter weather in parts of the U.S. Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, DO is an attending cardiologist and Director of Women’s Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. […]


Too Impatient?

Most people don’t know that I was once the world’s most impatient person. If people were fined for impatient behavior, I’d have more debt than the federal government. When I was eight years old and my parents were driving my sister and me from New York City to Miami, I laid down in the back […]


Stressed About the Holidays? Cardiologists Discuss Stress, Heart Disease, and TM

There are undoubtedly times when life seems stressful—and for many women, holidays with all they entail can be some of those times. On top of an already busy schedule, juggling the parties, buying gifts, shopping and food preparation, disharmonious family dynamics, over-eating, missing sleep and exercise—or in some cases, the loneliness felt from no holiday […]


Lonely? How to Create Happiness and Diminish Loneliness

In a cover story for the Harvard Business Review last year, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared that “the world is suffering from an epidemic of loneliness.” In America, though Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2015) seems hardest hit, surveys show that people in every social status report loneliness—students, the elderly, people in relationships, […]


Why Transcendental Meditation is Better than a Power Nap

What do you do to re-charge during the day? Many women have asked us if the TM technique is any different than taking time out for a nap. In a recently published article on Quartz, Dr. Daniel Gartenberg, a prominent sleep researcher said: “The most important thing is taking that time off—it’s more conducive to […]


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