Month: December 2017

Understanding Chronic Stress

Originally found on https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-chronic-stress.aspx Stress is often described as a feeling of being overwhelmed, worried or run-down. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders, and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues. By definition, stress is any uncomfortable “emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological and behavioral changes.” Some stress can be…

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Information for Anxiety and Depression

Originally found on https://www.webmd.com/depression/features/anxiety-depression-mix#1 You’ve noticed some changes lately. Maybe you feel sad, hopeless, or don’t get any joy out of activities that used to be fun. Sounds like depression, right? Maybe that’s not all. Sometimes you’re worried, afraid, and just plain uneasy. Isn’t that a sign of anxiety? Not so fast. It’s normal to have…

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Depression: A Systemic Disease That Affects The Body

Originally found on http://www.medicaldaily.com/science-depression-biology-behind-darker-mind-299078 For those living with it, depression can be all-consuming. It casts a haze overwork, relationships, and everyday social interactions, affecting every aspect of a person’s life. People often think depression solely affects the mind because it’s classified as a mental disorder. A new study has shown, however, that depression is more like a systemic disease that affects the…

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3 Strategies To Help Seasonal Affective Disorder

Originally found on https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/01/3-best-strategies-help-fight-seasonal-affective-disorder/ For many people, the gray days of winter can mean gray moods. If you feel sad, can’t sleep and feel as if all you want to do is lie on the sofa, eat bad food and watch cable for days on end, you might have seasonal affective disorder. SAD is a form of…

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4 Anxiety Triggers and Ways to Handle Them

Originally found on http://www.medicaldaily.com/4-surprising-anxiety-triggers-and-how-calm-yourself-down-404762 Are you aware of the common conditions that can trigger fear or panic? Anxiety disorders affect around 18 percent of the population, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). When someone struggles with such a condition, whether social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, the symptoms can affect how they live their everyday lives. Anxiety is a…

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The Differences between Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorder

Originally found on http://www.medicaldaily.com/normal-anxiety-vs-anxiety-disorder-signs-symptoms-tell-difference-394866 Are you getting jitters just from thinking about the prospect of having an anxiety disorder? There are differences between experiencing “casual” anxiety, which most people feel on occasion, and symptoms that could lead to an official diagnosis. Anxiety disorders affect some 40 million adults in the United States, which is as high as 18…

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Information on Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Originally found on https://www.news-medical.net/health/Circadian-Rhythm-Sleep-Disorders.aspx Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are a type of sleep disorder that involve abnormalities in the timing of sleep. The circadian rhythm, also sometimes referred to as the body clock, is the natural pattern of sleep in the body, including feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness during the day. It naturally affects the…

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Increase in diagnosed sleep disorders among US veterans

Originally found on https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160715112939.htm A new study found a six-fold increase in the age-adjusted prevalence of any sleep disorder diagnosis over an 11-year period among U.S. veterans. The largest increases were identified in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mental disorders, or combat experience. Results also show that the prevalence of PTSD tripled during the…

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12 Types of Depression, and What You Need to Know About Each

Originally found on http://www.health.com/depression/types-of-depression   Under the big tent of depression, there are many shades of gray. Depression can be mild or severe. It can be short-lived or chronic. Special circumstances, like the birth of a baby or the changing of the seasons, can trigger depressive symptoms. Understanding the type of depression a person is experiencing helps…

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