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OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common form of anxiety disorder marked by uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to engage in repeated behaviors or rituals (compulsions). OCD will affect 2.3 percent of adults in their lifetime. Research by the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) revealed that approximately 1.2 percent

Do-It-Yourself Techniques to Improve Your Mood

According to the latest federal figures, about nine percent of U.S. adults are currently wrestling with depression, and more than 10 percent are coping with serious anxiety. These estimates include not only people with serious disorders, but also those whose day-to-day symptoms may not fulfill the diagnostic criteria for mental

Alternative Treatments: Are They Helpful for Mood Disorders

Many people with mood disorders and anxiety turn to complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) such as dietary supplements, meditation, massage therapy, and other treatment approaches for help with their mental dis-tress. But how well do these approaches work?

We asked MGH’s David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, Director of Research and Alternative Remedy

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Burnout

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Burnout

About 15 million Americans serve as an Alzheimer’s caregiver, an emotionally and physically exhausting job that can also be a strain on finances. Caregivers often lose time for themselves and may find they can’t participate…

11 Proven Stress Relief Strategies

11 Proven Stress Relief Strategies

Stress happens—whether we like it or not. While some strain is essential to our survival (it promotes the release of hormones needed to fight or run from our stressors), too much can cause a slew of nasty illnesses. Being under chronic stress boosts our risk of physical and psychological conditions,

Do You Have Chronic Dehydration?

Do You Have Chronic Dehydration?

Water is one of the health essentials you probably don’t think about much, but chronic dehydration can have significant impact on your well-being. Furthermore, we wouldn’t survive long without it. Water makes up about three-quarters of our body weight; we obtain it via the fluids we drink (obviously!), and from

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