You scraped your knee a few days ago. Now your cut is surrounded by angry, red skin that’s sore, warm to the touch, and emitting a gross amount of pus. Are you suffering from an infected wound? Chances are the answer is “yes.” Here’s what to … Read More
Major depression affects an estimated 15 million American adults. It?s likely that either you or someone you know has experienced the symptoms of depression at one time or another.
Everyone gets down from time to time, but how do you know if you?re truly depressed? Taking a depression test can help you assess your symptoms, and figure out if you need help.
Questions on depression tests are based on common symptoms of the condition. To take the depression test, ask yourself: ? Do you feel sad, down, or hopeless? ? Do you blame myself for bad things that happen and feel like you?re worthless? ? Have you lost interest in activities you once loved? ? Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? ? Do you sleep too much? ? Do you feel tired and drained of energy? ? Are you uninterested in food, or do you eat too much? ? Have you gained or lost weight in the last two weeks? ? Do you have more trouble concentrating and making decisions at work and at home? ? Do you talk and move much more slowly than usual? ? Do you wish you were dead, or believe your friends and family would be better off without you?
The next step in the depression test is to assess how often you have these feelings: never, on several days, more than half the time, or almost every day. Also assess how much these feelings impact your life?from not at all to significantly.
If your depression test result indicates that you?ve experienced depression symptoms on a regular basis, see a health care professional for screening. Your doctor might start with a physical exam to see if a health condition is causing your symptoms. Then you?ll have a psychological evaluation, in which your doctor asks questions about your symptoms. Treatment will depend on the severity of your depression, and what type you have.
Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products, are cornerstones of the heart- and blood-pressure-friendly DASH diet. Not only are they generally low in sodium, but many of them are good sources of other nutrients that are associated with lower blood pressure:
- Potassium: Good dietary sources include … Read More
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to … Read More
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar. Low-glycemic foods also can reduce your risk … Read More
Alternative treatment options can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated.
In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire” your nervous system, making … Read More
Have you ever been warned that you should cut bread out of your diet because it's full of carbohydrates, makes you gain weight, and is bad for your health? If you’re a bread lover, sourdough bread may be a great option.
Sourdough bread's health benefits make it an … Read More
Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths. It feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s what happens when you do easy breathing exercises:
- First, you … Read More
There are several reasons why certain foods are good for your cholesterol and your heart health. Some have direct effects on reducing LDL and/or triglycerides. Others are more filling and, if they’re low in calories, will help with weight loss. Plus, by filling up on these healthier options, you’re not … Read More
The “abs” get most of the attention in advertisements for strength devices, and a big waist is something almost everyone tries to avoid. But the first sign of weak core muscles is poor posture—both standing and sitting. Other signs are back pain and muscle weakness.
The American Physical Therapy Association … Read More
SIBO treatment (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is often needed for many people with chronic gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. (Find a full discussion of SIBO symptoms by clicking here.)
An increasingly recognized problem, SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally occupy the colon migrate to the Read More