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Postpartum Depression for New Dads

Postpartum Depression for New Dads 150 150 admin

For those who have heard of postpartum depression, most understand it as a depressive illness that affects women in the weeks after they give birth, causing them to be unhappy and making it difficult for them to care for their new baby. Depression is often brought on by hormonal changes during pregnancy and the stress around a birth. While postpartum depression is a severe struggle for 15% of women, doctors are also realizing that many men experience postpartum depression too. As many as 5 to 10% of new fathers also experience depression symptoms after the birth of their child. Symptoms…

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OCD Indicators: Signs and Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD Indicators: Signs and Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 150 150 admin

Although researchers estimate that over 2 million people in the country suffer from OCD, only about one third of that number seek treatment. Part of this is because many people do not understand that the symptoms they are experiencing are signs of OCD. 5 Signs of OCD Symptoms of OCD will often consist of both obsessions and compulsions, but some patients do experience only one. These symptoms also tend to begin gradually, with only one or two mild symptoms at the beginning, which can make it difficult to identify OCD in yourself. If you have noticed any of the following,…

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Strategies for Managing ADHD Symptoms as an Adult

Strategies for Managing ADHD Symptoms as an Adult 150 150 admin

Most of the conversation around Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, centers around children and teenagers. These age groups do tend to have many problems when it comes to ADHD, from getting the diagnosis for the first time or navigating school and friendships. So it is not hard to find resources if you have a child or teen with this disorder. But there are also more than 11 million adults in the country with ADHD. Whether you have been dealing with this since childhood or just received a diagnosis, ADHD can still make it difficult to fulfill daily tasks and…

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Why Men Are Less Likely to Seek Help for Depression – and Why You Should Get Help Anyway

Why Men Are Less Likely to Seek Help for Depression – and Why You Should Get Help Anyway 150 150 admin

Many Western cultures, including the U.S., have long characterized men as more resilient, independent, and less troubled by emotional upset. Under this characterization, depression is sometimes seen as a mental health condition that men do not experience, or at least do not show symptoms of. But as many men can attest, this simply is not true. At least 30% of men have experienced or will experience symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. Over 9% of men are currently experiencing depression. In addition, men with depression are four times more likely to attempt suicide than women. Whether from…

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How Drinking Alcohol May Be Impacting Your Depression

How Drinking Alcohol May Be Impacting Your Depression 150 150 admin

There is a correlation between depression and alcohol abuse. One does not necessarily cause the other, but those who exhibit alcoholism are likely to have clinical depression. Likewise, those who abuse alcohol have likely dealt with depression symptoms or are currently doing so. Although alcohol addiction and depression may not cause each other, alcoholism will impact the symptoms of depression. It can make the symptoms stronger, longer lasting, and more difficult to recover from.  Symptoms of Depression that is Affected by Drinking Alcohol Alcohol is a depressant. This means it reduces nervous system functioning and the production of certain chemicals…

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Why Some Prescription Medications Work for Some People and Not Others

Why Some Prescription Medications Work for Some People and Not Others 150 150 admin

Psychiatric medications are used to treat a range of mental health disorders, from depression to ADHD to anxiety. Yet there is no one-size-fits-all approach to medication assisted treatments. The medications that work for some people may not work for others, and vice versa. Understanding this can help you understand the psychiatric process. The right prescription can provide much-needed relief from the symptoms of many mental health conditions. But understanding the challenges behind finding the right medication for each patient, and why some medications work for some people and not others, can let you know what to expect from the process.…

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Determining If Your Teenager Has Depression

Determining If Your Teenager Has Depression 150 150 admin

The teenage years can be difficult. Many adolescents are just starting to figure out how to manage and express their emotions. Coupled with the stresses of school, friends, work, and the future, moodiness is not uncommon in young adults. But depression in teenagers is also common, with about 20% of people experiencing symptoms of clinical depression before they reach adulthood. Yet fewer than half of these young adults receive treatment because they do not know how to reach out, or do not understand what they are experiencing. The symptoms of adolescent depression can be different from what adults experience. Being…

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FAQs About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

FAQs About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation 150 150 admin

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is a relatively new treatment in the world of psychiatric care. It is currently recommended as a treatment for clinical depression, but further research and the continued positive results of this method in reducing depression symptoms indicate that this will be a promising therapy for a variety of mental health conditions. If you have been looking for an effective treatment for depression in Dallas, you may have heard of TMS therapy, but still have some questions about the success, safety, and process behind this treatment. What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses an…

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When Regular Drinking Becomes an Addiction

When Regular Drinking Becomes an Addiction 150 150 admin

Drinking alcohol is a regular occurrence for many adults. In fact, studies show that more than half the adults in the US have had an alcoholic beverage in the last month and almost 90% have had one at some point in their lives. With drinking so prevalent, it can be difficult to tell when drinking alcohol moves past the stage of casual enjoyment and into the realm of alcohol abuse, or alcoholism. Because alcoholism is a serious problem – one that can impact your ability to perform at work, be present in relationships, and keep yourself and others safe –…

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How Long is TMS Treatment Effective For?

How Long is TMS Treatment Effective For? 150 150 admin

TMS, short for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a special treatment designed to reduce or entirely remove the symptoms of depression, OCD, and anxiety. Developed as an alternative to medications, electroconvulsive therapy, and other depression treatments, TMS often works where other methods have failed to alleviate symptoms.  As this is a newer therapy, most patients have many questions regarding its effectiveness. TMS works by delivering electromagnetic pulses into the brain. These pulses stimulate neurons in the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that controls emotions. Lowered activity in these neurons is connected to depression and by stimulating the cell activity…

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