Coping With Stress When You Have OCD

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Life stresses can range from mere daily annoyances to severe, traumatic events. Under the right conditions, both minor and major stressful events can exacerbate illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major depression, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. However, not everyone who experiences a stressful event (even a traumatic one)…

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Myths About ADHD

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 6.4 million children in the United States have attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The disorder is characterized by a range of behaviors and symptoms that are experienced internally and expressed externally. These symptoms can make it harder for someone with ADHD to pay attention, stay organized,…

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4 Foods that Might Make Depression Worse

Depression is characterized by an overwhelming feeling of sadness, but it can also affect your sleeping habits, your eating habits, and your health in general. It’s exceptionally difficult to find the motivation to get your daily exercise, for example, when you find it hard to even get out of bed. Depression can lead to overeating…

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Why Depression Is More Common in Women Than in Men

It has been widely documented that there are gender differences in depression prevalence, with women experiencing major depression more often as men. This risk exists independent of race or ethnicity. One large-scale 2017 study found that these gender differences emerge starting at age 12, with girls and women being twice as likely as men to experience depression. Hormonal…

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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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