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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Overview Of Child Insomnia

Child insomnia occurs when children don’t go to bed on time unless a parent or guardian enforces a bedtime. If the children are made to go to bed on time, then they tend to fall asleep at a normal hour. If they are not given strict bedtimes, then they may linger awake for hours at…

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A Patient’s Guide to Depression

Depression – a common, serious mood disorder – can undermine quality of life and contribute to disability, especially in more severe or persistent cases. In a given year, it’s estimated that 1 in 15 adults will experience depression or have at least one major depressive episode. The mood disorder can affect myriad aspects of a…

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Living with Panic and Anxiety

Intense fear, terror, panic or dread my leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained to the point where even normal activities may be avoided or curtailed. You may experience a number of distressing or debilitating symptoms including, but not limited to, tightness in the chest, racing heart, difficulty breathing, trembling hands or limbs, racing thoughts or being in a…

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Insomnia and Its Impact on Physical and Mental Health

Abstract In contrast to the association of insomnia with mental health, its association with physical health has remained largely unexplored until recently. Based on findings that insomnia with objective short sleep duration is associated with activation of both limbs of the stress system and other indices of physiological hyperarousal, which should affect adversely physical and…

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Recognizing the hidden signs of depression

Some people with depression may try to hide the signs from others, or they may not even realize that they have depression. Although the typical symptoms of depression, such as sadness or hopelessness, can be easy to recognize, there are symptoms that may be less obvious. In this article, we discuss some of the possible…

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Is It Anxiety or OCD?

Anxiety can mean many different things to many different people. When handled in the correct way, a little bit of anxiety is usually helpful. It warns us to be careful if we sense danger. It can remind us of consequences we once had to live with. By maintaining some anxiety around these issues, we are able…

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How much do you really know about insomnia?

The word “insomnia” gets tossed around a lot. There’s even a brand of cookies named after it! But insomnia isn’t just being tired after a night of poor sleep or tossing and turning in bed. Plus, treatment isn’t as simple as taking a pill before bedtime and sleeping soundly for the rest of your nights….

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