facts about antidepressants

What Patients Should Know Before Taking Antidepressants

What Patients Should Know Before Taking Antidepressants When it comes to treatments for depression, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Unfortunately, these myths sometimes keep people from getting the help they need or cause unnecessary anxiety when they do decide to get help. For example, many patients feel extremely nervous about starting antidepressants. While patients should use caution when taking all medication,…

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How to Tell if Your Child or Teen May Have Depression

Clinically Edited & Approved by: Deena Altman, PA-C How to Tell if Your Child or Teen May Have Depression An adolescent dies from suicide every 100 minutes, making it the third leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24. Even after teens and children overcome depression, it can have long-lasting effects on their brains. Untreated depression can cause the brain to deteriorate,…

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Postpartum Depression: Unique Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

Postpartum Depression: Unique Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments The weeks following labor and delivery often bring about intense emotions, even when all parties remain healthy and everything goes as planned. While some low moods, crying, and confusion are normal, some new mothers experience debilitating emotions in the postpartum period. When new parents experience postpartum depression, it can mimic major depression and other mood disorders in…

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5 Surprising Depression Symptoms

5 Surprising Depression Symptoms When many people think of depression, they picture someone with extreme sadness who cries a lot. They may also picture someone who cannot get themselves out of bed or complete their daily routines. While depression can manifest in those ways, some people with depression never have these symptoms. It’s important for people to know the common and surprising symptoms of…

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How Behavioral Change Can Improve Your Mood

How Behavioral Change Can Improve Your Mood Everyone has rough days sometimes. Problems at work, frustrating interactions with family, or even hormonal changes can cause negative feelings to dwell. Think about how you deal with days like this? Do you grab a pint of ice cream and binge your favorite show? Do you isolate yourself and wallow in those negative feelings? Do you lash…

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anger and depression

Is Anger a Symptom of Depression?

Is Anger a Symptom of Depression? Angry outbursts happen even when we try to stay calm. We all know how difficult it can to try and manage anger. A persistent problem with irritability and angry outbursts, even in the face of small triggers, may be more than just a bad mood or a personality problem. It may be a symptom of clinical depression. According…

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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month

Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month Why Mental Health Awareness is Important A nonprofit organization called Mental Health America started observing may as Mental Health Awareness month in 1949. Now, millions of participants across the country observe the occasion through local events, documentary screenings, and online media. Through each of these actions, Mental Health Awareness Month helps the 46.6 million American adults and million of…

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How Social Relationships Impact Your Health

How Social Relationships Impact Your Health As social beings, humans understand the value and importance of social connections. Relationships give us entertainment, assistance, guidance, and most importantly support knowing that you don’t have to face the world alone. UNC Chapel Hill conducted a study that suggests that social relationships may also impact your physical health and consequently influence how long you’ll live. Social Connections…

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