It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can
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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
Effective perimenopause treatment needs to address PMS-like symptoms as well as depression, hot flashes, and more. These three natural therapies do just that.
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
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
It doesn’t take much to make me want to eat chocolate. A sunny day. A rainy day. A snowy day. Pretty much any kind of day is perfect for indulging in my favorite sweet. Yes, chocolate can be good for you (this is what I keep reminding myself when I
If you suffer from fatigue, you are not alone. Estimates of how common it truly is vary widely, but overall, about 20% of all patients complain of fatigue, and 5% to 10% of patients presenting to their primary care…
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,
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