Thursday, September 3, 2009

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Behavior, Change Your Life

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Behavior, Change Your Life

A holistic approach to health and wellness addresses not only the physical body, but emotional and mental fitness as well. Vicki Berkus M. D., Ph. D, CEDS, addresses 10 simple ways to increase individual potential, adding richness and years to our lives.

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) February 26, 2007

Vicki Berkus M. D., Ph. D, CEDS, can honestly answer the patient who asks in their pain - "why does it have to be this way?" - It doesn't. Compiling years of medical study with hundred to patients success stories, Dr. Berkus introduces her simple yet life-changing book, "Ten Commitments to Mental Fitness" (ISBN 978-1931741613, Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2005).

"Most of us already know they should eat healthy foods, exercise, and stop smoking and drinking," says Dr. Berkus. "However, most people do not know how to improve their mental fitness, or they never take the time to understand this fundamental part of who they are"

Becoming more aware of your feelings, needs, desires, priorities and abilities is what Dr. Berkus considers 'mental fitness" and it is this awareness that is crucial to making changes. "Ten Commitments to Mental Fitness" empowers readers to have the courage to take charge of their own mental agility by learning how to identify and keep behaviors that makes sense, and let go of behaviors that do not.

Warning signs that someone's mental fitness needs a tune up may be feeling that "everything is such an effort," or struggling to do things that were previously enjoyable. "They may be short-tempered, withdrawn, and angry" explains Dr. Berkus, "or they may turn to unhealthy behaviors such as drugs, shopping, overeating, or sleeping too much."

Dr. Berkus is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and after specializing in eating disorder for several years, now sees patients with all types of mental health issues. "I based the chapters on the issues that bring most patients into my office for help," she explains. All they needed was simple guidance to change the beliefs that kept them acting in unhealthy ways, and Dr. Berkus easily identified the common themes.

With humor, plain talk, and practical wisdom, as well as many examples from her years of practice, Dr. Berkus provides the tools to help anyone establish a clear sense of well being. Fun and challenging exercises help the individual realize the issues that stand in the way of their happiness. A type of owner's manual for the mental/emotional side of human nature, this book puts individuals in a position of power and self-fulfillment rather than hopelessness and being stuck in their present situation.

Vicki Berkus M. D., Ph. D, CEDS, is a member of the Monarch Health Sciences Medical Board. She completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, and has headed an in-patient eating disorders program for eight years. Dr. Berkus is currently in private practice in Tucson, Arizona. "Ten Commitments to Mental Fitness" (ISBN 978-1931741613, Robert D. Reed Publishers, 2005) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www. drberkus. com. Review copies available upon request.