About the Author

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, nutrition, health, and medicine. She has authored the Belvoir special report Overcoming Depression and the University Health News book Positive Thinking and has contributed many articles about coping with mental illness and living a healthy, positive life. She has worked as a blogger for Good Days about coping with chronic illness, and she helps doctors stay up-to-date on the latest findings in medicine for Elsevier’s PracticeUpdate. Alison is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). She is also studying Clinical Epidemiology part-time at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children.

Articles by Alison Palkhivala

Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

When people are suffering from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, they often ask themselves, “Am I having a mental breakdown?” Intense, negative feelings and any number of mental breakdown symptoms can make you feel like you’re losing control. The truth is that, for better or worse, most … Read More

Finding Depression Support Online

About half of depressed people do not receive the care they need. Barriers to receiving care include not believing your symptoms are severe enough to merit treatment, lack of hope that treatment will help, inability to identify or physically get to the centers where care is available, cost of treatment, … Read More

Dealing with Depression

Dealing with depression can be very difficult, but you can lessen the blow by recognizing when you have symptoms and getting professional help. Follow the treatment plan your doctor prescribes. Contact your doctor right away if you are having bothersome or worrisome side effects from your medication. Keep in mind … Read More
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