4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season

novermber calendarAlthough the holidays can be a time of happiness and joy, they can also come with a multitude of stressors.  Finances are often a stressor during the holidays, particularly for parents.  Memories of loved ones we’ve lost, a demanding schedule of activities and being alone can all increase feelings of stress at this time of year.

When you’re likely to be faced with a multitude of stressors, it can be helpful to implement a few strategies early in the season that can pay off, in terms of lower stress levels, all season long. Continue reading “4 Holiday Health Strategies: How to Maintain Your Well-Being During the Holiday Season” »

Does Yoga Reduce Anxiety? A Study on GABA Levels

does yoga reduce stressSo many people who practice yoga expound on its virtues.  I’ve heard many talk about the physical and emotional benefits of yoga, which basically is a rudimentary form of biohacking.  People say it makes them feel good, calm, peaceful.  Since it’s a practice that’s been around for thousands of years and the people who practice it certainly tend to look healthy and relaxed, I was curious if there was research to back up the benefits I often hear about.

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Does Your Thinking Help You Cope or Cause You Anguish?

thinking about stressful eventsEmotions happen in an instant.  Your supervisor shoots down an idea in front of your colleagues and you’re humiliated.  You’re teenage son leaves his socks on the living room floor again and you’re angry.  Your best single girlfriend tells you she’s getting married and you feel lonely, happy or rejected (or maybe all three).

How you think about events that happen in your life, especially those stressful life events, can either help you get through tough times with an amount of equilibrium or it can derail you and end with your emotions in extremes. Continue reading “Does Your Thinking Help You Cope or Cause You Anguish?” »

Depression Returns in About Half of Treated Teens

teen depression returnsAccording to a study that will appear in the March 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, depression recurs in almost half of adolescent patients.  The greatest predictors of a return to depression included:

  • Being female.  According to the report even more than half of females experienced a recurrence of depression.
  • Being in short-term treatment who did not respond well to treatment.
  • Having a co-occurring anxiety disorder (61.9% had a recurrence)

Although most depressed teens who receive depression treatment do recover from their initial episode of depression (96.4 percent), the high experience of recurrence points to a need for improved therapies.  Recurrence often occurred two or more years after the initial experience. There are many new therapies to treat depression such as ketamine infusion therapy.

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