Month: November 2019

Stress vs Anxiety: How to Tell the Difference

From the outside looking in, it can be difficult to spot the differences between stress and anxiety. Both can lead to sleepless nights, exhaustion, excessive worry, lack of focus, and irritability. Even physical symptoms – like rapid heart rate, muscle tension, and headaches – can impact both people experiencing stress and those diagnosed with an…

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Does Your Child Have ADHD or Is It Just High Energy?

While many children with ADHD are, in fact, very energetic, high energy alone is not enough to warrant a diagnosis. In fact, children with some forms of ADHD are not high energy at all. ADD, for example, may manifest itself in low energy combined with inattentiveness and other symptoms. So when might a child with lots of…

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Major Depression (Unipolar Depression)

What is Major Depression? Major depression, also known as unipolar or major depressive disorder (MDD), is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or a lack of interest in outside stimuli. The unipolar connotes a difference between major depression and bipolar depression, which refers to an oscillating state between depression and mania. Instead, unipolar depression is solely focused…

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Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs

What is depression? Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily…

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Insomnia? It Could Be Putting Your Heart Health At Risk

There’s nothing worse than brushing your teeth, getting cozy in your PJs, laying your head down on your pillow—and then not being able to fall asleep. Sadly, this is an all-too-common problem; about one in four Americans develop insomnia each year, which means tens of millions of people are going through their day sleep-deprived and groggy. And…

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What Are the Signs That You Are Severely Depressed?

There are several types of depression and while they may share some common symptoms, each person’s experience with depression will be different. One way depression can vary from person to person is symptom severity. The degree to which a person’s symptoms interfere with their day-to-day life, such as causing them to miss school or work,…

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An Overview of Living With ADHD

In the past, ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) was considered a condition that children had and then “grew out of” before they reached adulthood. However, we now know that ADHD is a neurological condition that spans a lifetime. The symptoms of ADHD do change with time, however. For example, childhood hyperactivity may decrease as an adult finds healthy ways…

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The Chemistry of Depression

There are several theories about what causes depression. The condition most likely results from a complex interplay of individual factors, but one of the most widely accepted explanations cites abnormal brain chemistry. Sometimes, people with depression relate the condition back to a specific factor, such as a traumatic event in their life. However, it’s not uncommon for…

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