Tag: serotonin in the brain

What to Know About Anti-Anxiety Meds

Symptoms of a mild-to-moderate anxiety disorder may not necessitate medications to keep them from overwhelming your day-to-day mood and functioning. But when anxiety becomes so severe that it threatens to keep you from enjoying your life and living independently, you may need an anti-anxiety medication such as a selective serotonin

Junk Foods’ Link to Depression and Fatigue

We’ve all been tempted with a “pick me up” from the candy bowl or cookie jar from time to time, or a plate of French fries as comfort food. But are those foods making us feel better? Or are they actually pushing us down?

Research published in the British Journal of

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Healthy Bread: Is There Such a Thing?

Freshly baked bread is pretty irresistible. The tantalizing smell, warm center, and crunchy crust can satisfy even the most serious of hunger pangs. Lately, though, the paleo patrol and gluten police have turned bread into a four-letter word. They talk about bread’s bad qualities (carbohydrates, calories, sugar, and salt, for

6. Stress and Anxiety Treatment—Medical Options

Now that you know the causes and effects of stress and anxiety, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. Don’t despair: Both are highly treatable. Many of the ill effects caused by anxiety and stress can be reversed (or at least improved) by treating the causes of your

5. Treatments for Depression

The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to

Increase Your Happiness without Antidepressant Medications

Eleven percent of Americans aged 12 years and older take antidepressant medications, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Most of these antidepressants, including a widely used class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are designed to reduce anxiety and lift mood by prolonging the effects of

Q&A: Natural Antidepressants; Snoring

Q. Are there any natural antidepressants? I’m reluctant to take a prescription medication for what I believe to be a short-term period of depression.
A. There are many things you can do to live a happier life or to manage your depression. Prescription medications are not the only option for raising

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