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Category Archives: Mental Health

Help for the Holiday Blues

The holidays can be stressful. Shopping, social events, debt, and other pressures can lead to anxiety. Missing loved ones and stewing about past events can also contribute. This change from your everyday routine can cause you to neglect good nutrition. And, you are more likely to skip exercise. Together, these factors can lead to holiday […]

Petting a Dog Does Your Brain Some Good

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) — If you have dogs, you probably already know that petting them can give you a lift. Researchers set out to prove that using technology to show what happens in the brain when stroking or sitting next to a dog. They also compared that to petting a stuffed animal. […]

Recognizing Depression in Children and Teens

Maybe your 10-year-old is the class bully. Or your teenage daughter ignores her curfew. These actions might be normal signs of growing up. But they also may signal depression. Depression is a serious problem in both children and teens. But treatment can help. What is depression? Depression is a mood disorder that affects the way […]

Why You Should Stop Doomscrolling

You pick up your phone or log on to your laptop. Before you know it, you’re immersed in the worst news of the day, from COVID-19 deaths to political turmoil. Social media, health experts, and others have been using a new term for being drawn to disaster online: doomscrolling. The experience can make you feel […]

Recognizing Signs of Depression

Nearly 7 percent of all U.S. adults suffer from depression, making it one of the most common mental health disorders.October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. As the days begin to shorten and activities move indoors, Neuropsychologist Derek Phillips, PsyD, MSCP, offers some advice on how to improve your own mental health and […]

How to Talk with Your Doctor About Mental Health

When your body isn’t well, you head to the doctor. But what if your mind isn’t feeling quite right? Your health care provider should hear these concerns, too.If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or are having other trouble with thinking and emotions, don’t be afraid to speak up. Talking with your provider about your mental health […]

Minding Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Your day-to-day life may look much different now than before the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve all been introduced to some new—and at times—uncomfortable ways of living, like social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and quarantining. Such pandemic-related changes may have you and your loved ones worried, overwhelmed, or even scared. Now more than ever, you need to mind […]

Emotional Eating: How to Cope

If you raid the fridge when you’re stressed or upset, that’s called emotional eating. Emotional eating affects most everyone from time to time, but regularly letting your feelings guide your food intake can affect your health. Sadness, boredom, and other negative emotions can drive emotional eating. Emotional eating includes polishing off a container of ice […]

Boosting Your Mental Health

You know that you should eat healthy foods and get some exercise to feel good and live longer. Another key part to living longer is your mental health. Good mental health is just as important as good physical health. But we all face changes in life that can challenge our emotional well-being. For example, even […]