If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
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Mirtazapine Does Not Boost SSRI Effectiveness
When patients have residual symptoms of depression after at least six weeks of treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin-noradenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), many physicians add mirtazapine. A study published in November in the British Medical Journal found that this combination was
Your age, race, gender, and genes. You can’t do anything about them, and if they increase your odds of hypertension, they already have you at a disadvantage.
You need a weapon to help you fight back and try to even out the odds.
Fortunately, your lifestyle is that weapon—perhaps the best one!
What is a panic attack, and how do panic attack symptoms affect us? It’s an important question, because so many of us experience them: “Each year, about one in 10 people experiences a panic attack,” according to data published by the Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University.
First, let’s define
Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
Remember that old adage, “Don’t get mad, get even?” Sounds a bit cathartic, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t love to get one over on the guy who cut you off in traffic? Or tee off on the solar energy salesman knocking on your door? Or give a verbal whooping to the
With apologies for sounding like a high-school valedictorian discussing success, I’ll start at the top: Before you take a stress quiz, you need to know what stress is. Merriam-Webster says stress is a state “of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium.”
You leap from a plane and plummet toward the earth at 120 miles per hour, waiting for your parachute to open. You surf aggressive waves with abandon. Or… you tense up at the creaking sound near your front door at 3 in the morning. Whether you’re a skydiver or surfer
Have you ever found yourself covered in sweat for no obvious reason? Despite the unpleasant feeling (and smell!) it may give us, sweating is one of our body’s most important functions. It’s natural: We sweat when we’re feeling too warm, when we’re nervous, or after rigorous physical activity. We need
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of