Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Anxiety / Depression / Stress

Substance Abuse Linked to Suicide Risk

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health, Research

The latest study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration clearly links substance abuse with suicide.  Their overall numbers are that 32,000 suicides occur in the United States each year, but among people with a substance abuse disorder, 11% had considered suicide compared to 3% for people without such disorders.  This year, there [&hellip

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Treating Fibromyalgia

Posted in Ache / Pain, Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Medications, Mental Health, Musculoskeletal, Nerves

Fibromyalgia is a health problem where people have areas and trigger points where they suffer from pain.  The thing about fibromyalgia that you have to understand is that treatment is not often aimed at dealing with the pain, but dealing with the underlying stress.  For instance, some antidepressants can work very well in people who [&hellip

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Genes Can Interact with Stress to Amplify Age-Related Decline

Posted in Ache / Pain, Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Geriatric Health, Mental Health, Research

Genes and stress can interact to cause memory problems for the elderly.  The negative impact of stress on mental function appears to be amplified for people who have a genetic variation predisposing them to Alzheimer's disease.  The genetic variation may act as an accelerator.  In other words, it speeds up age-related decline by as much [&hellip

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Treating Anxiety

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Medications, Mental Health

Anxiety can rear it's head in many ways.  I think the thing that's most important about people who suffer from anxiety is for them to understand that it is a real problem and it's nothing to be ashamed of.  People who are anxious actually can do quite well with therapy and also with medications.  Some [&hellip

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Cortisol: The Stress Hormone

Posted in Ache / Pain, Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Chemicals, Hormones

At the turn of the 19th century, a book was written by a physician trained at that time with the best medical knowledge they could offer.  A key part of the book was the concept that happiness and the ability to give to others and live in harmony could lead to a long and healthy [&hellip

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About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Digestion / Stomach

It is not a health issue that people want to talk about, yet millions of Americans suffer from the condition in silence, afraid to reach out to their doctor.  They're afraid partially because of embarrassment.  What makes things worse is that many people who have complained years ago were told nothing could be done to [&hellip

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Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Musculoskeletal, Nerves, Sleep

Fibromyalgia is known as a functional condition.  It's one of these physical conditions that's very difficult to detect or prove by laboratory tests, or by one procedure.  It's diagnosed based on the history or story that a patient tells about what is happening.  Essentially, fibromyalgia is a set of symptoms that happen together.  People are [&hellip

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Teens Often Fail to Seek Help for Depression

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Mental Health, Teen Health

Depression can be a major issue during the teenage years, but a report in the journal Medical Care raises some very concerning points.  The area of raised concern is the fact that teenagers often fail to seek help from depression because they're embarrassed about the problem.  The report which is based on information gained from [&hellip

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Blood Pressure Medications Can Cause Side-Effects

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Blood Pressure, Medications

There are numerous blood pressure medications out there and the big thing you need to realize is that with all these medications, there are different forms of treatment and different side-effects.  But what I want to stress, and I think it's very important to stress, is that when you're treating blood pressure, don't believe that [&hellip

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Music Can Reduce Stress in Heart Disease Patients

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Heart Health, Research

Music can reduce stress in heart disease patients.  Listening to music may help heart patients, and other patients as well, reduce their stress and anxiety when undergoing treatments.  This is what researchers concluded.  It was a small review, but it was still somewhat significant.  They looked at 23 different studies.  Only two of the studies [&hellip

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