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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

Q&A: Chronic Stress; Pulmonary Embolism

Q. What are the signs of chronic stress, and what’s the best way to deal with it?
A. Stress uses up an enormous amount of energy, and people who are in a constant stress mode become susceptible to both physical and emotional disorders. When people experience stress, the body goes into

Avoid Anxiety to Lower Your Dementia Risk

As if the day-to-day physical and mental consequences of persistent anxiety weren’t distressing enough, recent research has added another compelling reason to get treatment for this psychiatric disorder. A study published in the February 2013 issue of the journal Family Practice suggests that a diagnosis of anxiety may triple a

Taking Aim at Treatment Resistant Depression

As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these

Heat or Ice: Which Is Best for Chronic Pain?

Heat or Ice: Which Is Best for Chronic Pain?

When it comes to chronic pain, many of us reach for heat or ice therapy, thinking one or the other will ease our symptoms. It’s easy to grab the heating pad or the ice pack, but both target symptoms, not underlying causes or long-term cures, and that can be a

Learn to Identify the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

It’s normal to feel anxious occasionally, but if you become very fearful, nervous, or anxious when you think about or are in certain situations, then you may have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions in which anxiety and worry arise in response to a perceived

Ask the Doctor: Urgent Care vs. The ER; Kegels for Men

Q: What’s the difference between urgent care and going to the emergency room?

A: Making the right choice can save time, money, and importantly, the life of a loved one. Urgent care facilities can be affiliated with a medical center or inside a retail store. These facilities are similar to a

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