Wed Mar 21 2018

Category: Mental Health

There’s No Simple Solution for Treating Depression

Posted in Ache / Pain, Mental Health

Depression is definitely under-diagnosed, and when it is diagnosed, it becomes a problem.  It's a problem because one of the issues that I find is that if you're someone who suffers from it, you have to understand that there is never a simple solution.  It's not one medication or one thought.  It could be a [&hellip

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Study Looks at Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Mental Health, Research

Following the Mediterranean diet could be linked to health benefits.  What is the Mediterranean diet?  Basically, it's one with plenty of olive oil, grains, fruits, veggies, fish, and lean meats.  The Mediterranean diet has been shown to be linked to a reduced risk for many illnesses including heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's.  This has been [&hellip

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Dealing with the Chronic Pain of Arthritis

Posted in Mental Health, The Body, Women's Health

Women can be affected by arthritis, as can men.  As we're learning more about arthritis, we realize it is probably more of a process where the body is essentially attacking itself.  Arthritis can be extremely painful, but also it can be very frustrating because of the fact that it has it's chronic nature.  The problem [&hellip

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Research on ADHD and the Brain

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health, Parenting & Pregnancy, Research, Screenings / Tests

There is a great mystery surrounding attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and its cause. Controversy swirls around treatment.  We are continuing to learn a great deal about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Now, a new study looking at brain imaging from the NIH has uncovered the first definitive evidence that patients suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [&hellip

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Study Refutes Old Belief that Older Brains Are Smaller than Younger Brains

Posted in Brain / Memory, Mental Health, Screenings / Tests

One of the problems with many studies that look at X-rays, MRIs, or diagnostic heart tests is that people who are getting the studies performed are already ill with certain medical conditions.  In other words, they have abnormalities in the studies and the message becomes everyone in a certain age group has the abnormality which [&hellip

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Happy People Tend to Be Healthy People

Posted in Geriatric Health, Immune Disorders, Mental Health, Research

Happier people tend to be healthier people.  If you try to get along with others, your day will go more smoothly, you'll be happier, and yes, healthier.  It makes sense that it's easier to get through the day if you're in good spirits.  A short time ago, an Oregon study that found that getting along [&hellip

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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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Helping Kids Deal with Teen Angst

Posted in Mental Health, Parenting & Pregnancy, Pediatrics

Teen angst is something that is talked about in the movies, but clearly teenagers do deal with issues and it's essential that these issues be understood and dealt with in a serious manner.  A child who is going through a breakup has a very emotional role and they're concerned about it.  A child who is [&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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Teen Angst Is a Source of Emotional Stress

Posted in Ache / Pain, Mental Health, Parenting & Pregnancy

It is called teen angst and I don't know if this is a definite source of pain, but I know it is a definite source of frustration for many teenagers.  The actual reality of all this is that teens can suffer emotional stress and emotional changes.  These changes are clearly something that you can't ignore [&hellip

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