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Exciting news from Sage, our partner in clinical research Jun 16th, 2021

On June 16, 2021, an announcement was made regarding an investigational medication that many of you have participated in at some point over the past four years.  Sage Therapeutics and Biogen Announce Positive Pivotal Phase 3 Results for Zuranolone, an Investigational Two-Week, Once-Daily Therapeutic Being Evaluated for Major Depressive Disorder. ...

Depression, Fibromyalgia, and chronic pain Jun 2nd, 2021

Pain, particularly chronic pain, is more than just a physical sensation; it is also a powerful emotional condition. It has the power of affecting everything from mood, behavior, and thought and has the potential of causing dependence, isolation, and even immobility in some cases. Similarly, pain in these ways relate...

Depression often looks very different in men versus women Apr 29th, 2021

Depression is a mental disorder that both men and women struggle with. However, in the case of men, the disorder can look very differently that it looks in women. According to a statement from the National Institute of Mental Health, biology and social pressures contribute to the difference on how depression...

Fibromyalgia and Chickenpox: Is There a Connection? Apr 29th, 2021

The Relationship between Fibro, Chicken pox and Herpes Simplex Virus Chickenpox and Shingles are both caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) with the difference being one’s stage of life.  Once infected by HSV, the body mounts an immune response and ultimately controls the infection but never entirely removes it...

You know your antidepressant is not working when… Apr 29th, 2021

“I’ve had months at a time where I wake up and get that sinking, doomed feeling knowing that today is going to be a bad day.” “I have flat moods every day and I just don’t know what to do.” “I don’t see any change in my mental and physical...

The sneaky symptoms of Fibromyalgia Mar 24th, 2021

Fibromyalgia (Fibro) can best be described as chronic pain (likely) caused by disrupted nerve signaling.  It is a highly complex disorder with a variety of symptoms that come and go, making it difficult to identify, diagnose and treat.  The disease also includes specific pain points used in making a clear...

Does insomnia cause depression or does depression cause insomnia? Mar 12th, 2021

Insomnia, the inability to sleep, and depression, feeling sad / blue / down / flat are two distinct but often overlapping disorders. They share common symptoms, including: lack of motivation, lack of sleep, and fatigue. About 7.7 million adults in America suffer from what they think is chronic insomnia, but...

The unhealthy relationship between depression and pain Mar 12th, 2021

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest.  Pain is the regular feeling of discomfort, even during everyday routine activities.  Pretty obvious, right?  But did you know that the same way that you can see lightning before you hear thunder, pain...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Mar 10th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Did you know that chronic stress and your mental well-being affects the aging process? Feb 5th, 2021

We all know that chronic stress leaves us feeling exhausted and worn out.  But what if that stress becomes an actual medical condition like depression or anxiety?  All three scenarios can negatively impact your physical and mental wellness, speeding up the aging process! Research shows that chronic stress, depression, and...

Researchers Reveal New Link Between Anxiety and Lower Attention Span Jan 20th, 2021

If you have anxiety, then you’re more likely to have attention disorders. Researchers believe there is a brain connection between them. Initial studies on teens reveal that they’re more likely to have both issues together. If you have anxiety or trouble concentrating, consider these discoveries: The link between anxiety and...

Your stress could be a medical condition called Anxiety Dec 30th, 2020

Anxiety is a typical emotion we all feel from time to time. It may consist of nervousness, fear, or a worry. Common situations where we might get anxious include: facing a problem at work, the moment before taking a test, or when you must make an important decision. You or...

Insomnia really does affect your daily function Dec 23rd, 2020

Insomnia is awful.  And it is sneaky, affecting your life in multiple ways: 1. You feel irritable. Exhaustion from a sleepless night can lead to irritability every once in awhile. However, for those with insomnia, their irritability is more frequent and potent. Being constantly annoyed makes it difficult to maintain...

Is it anxiety or depression? Dec 9th, 2020

Two of the most common mental disorders in the world are anxiety and depression. Although these are two different issues, they do have a lot in common. Understanding the fine line between depression and anxiety is very challenging due to the abundance of overlap. However, many patients can also struggle...

Discussing Depression with Friends & Family Oct 7th, 2020

Discussing depression is important.  It is a medical condition that extends far beyond sadness.  Social isolation, loss of self-esteem, feelings of hopeless, failure, and helplessness are also symptoms of depression.  Trying to handle it all alone may help to shield one from the stigma of depression, but it continues to...

Ketamine, pain and depression Aug 26th, 2020

Ketamine may alleviate depression, pain, and adverse effects associated with opioid treatment, and may thus represent an attractive adjunct therapy for pain management, according to a novel population analysis recently published in Scientific Reports, reported Linda Peckel in the Clinical Pain Advisor. The 2017 journal article offered that, “Current therapeutic approaches to depression fail for...

New moms and babies deserve to thrive - even in a pandemic! Aug 14th, 2020

Pregnancy during the coronavirus has been difficult for many expectant moms, with a slew of new worries about a novel virus with unknown effects on pregnancy. Anxiety and depression before, during and after pregnancy — a range of conditions known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders — happen to more...

When older loved ones don't listen to your fears Aug 12th, 2020

You worry about your children during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many of us are equally concerned about our elders, who are at much higher risk of death if they become infected. There may be only so much you can do—people young and old often discount the threat until it’s too...

Recognize the signs of PTSD Aug 12th, 2020

Sometimes, when you experience a traumatic event — a car accident, an IED blast, military sexual trauma, or the death of a fellow Service member — that moment can continue to bother you weeks, months, and even years later. That can mean reliving the event: constantly replaying it in your...

Taking care of your mental well-being as the crisis drags on Aug 12th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, and not just physically. Taking care of your mental health is important too, especially because no one knows when the crisis will end. The GOV.UK website shares this guidance on staying balanced during these uncertain times: Maintain a schedule of regular...

Why is it so Hard for Doctors to Diagnose Anxiety and Depression? Jul 5th, 2020

Depression…what exactly is it? Depression is a type of mood disorder that is exhibited through a variety of constant and intense negative emotions. Physical symptoms can also exhibit themselves, such as lack of appetite. Sudden negative events, such as the loss of a loved one, can trigger a depressive episode....

Can stress really cause anxiety? Jul 1st, 2020

Yes! Long periods of stress can be the trigger for clinical anxiety, a medical condition. In the body, stress hormones, called cortisol and corticotropin, regulate how the body regulates pressure. When normal amounts of stress occur, these hormones are released in response to the perceived threat and then fade away...

How Stress Affects the Aging Process Jun 25th, 2020

Anyone with chronic stress knows how it can leave you feeling completely wiped out at the end of the day. It turns out it does so much more than that! In truth, chronic stress—along with anxiety and depression—actually speeds up the aging process, and negatively affects your physical well-being. Recent...

Depression and Women Jun 10th, 2020

How Effective are Herbal Remedies in Solving Depressive Symptoms? May 1st, 2020

When looking up treatments for depressive symptoms on WebMD or Google, you might find that it suggests you start taking herbal remedies or altering your diet. Herbal remedies and diet alteration seem like easy solutions to your depression, when in reality the effectiveness of these treatments are doubtful. Studies show...

The Progression of Fibromyalgia Research Apr 29th, 2020

Fibromyalgia, or FM, is a common medical disorder defined by a chronic and widespread pain throughout the body, but has a variety of other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can sometimes be confused with arthritis, but isn’t the same necessarily as arthritis causes inflammation and damage to the joints or to muscles. It...

Why You Shouldn't Stop Taking Your Antidepressants Apr 24th, 2020

Antidepressants are supposed to make people feel better by alleviating the usual symptoms of depression. However, some people experience side effects like weight gain, anxiety, irritability, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and loss of sexual desire. After having tried several different types of antidepressants, some people still are not able to find...

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Are Not Always Clear Apr 22nd, 2020

Fibromyagia can best be characterized as a habitual state of pain due to disruption in the signals of nerves. Fibromyalgia, or FM, is an intricate malady with a diverse range of symptoms that can come and go with no warning, which makes it hard to recognize and treat. Physicians and...

Are You Experiencing Side Effects from Your Antidepressants? Apr 17th, 2020

Do you ever find yourself asking yourself these questions?   “My antidepressant is making my sleep worse.” “I get so anxious when on my antidepressants.” “I keep gaining more and more weight.” “I’m not feeling as down, but I still can’t focus on my work at all.” “I keep on...

Treatment Options for PTSD Apr 15th, 2020

PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, was once not even considered as a medical disorder by physicians. However, now through plenty of clinical studies, trials, and medical research, PTSD is now known to be a serious and legitimate medical disorder that needs appropriate medical treatment.   With so many options out there,...

How To Tell When Your Antidepressant Isn't Working Anymore Apr 10th, 2020

I’ve had periods where I wake up in the morning and already have a feeling that today is going to be an awful day. My mood feels off or flatevery day. I feel sluggish and tired all the time…I just can’t seem to get motivated. I never feel social anymore…it...

The Signs and Symptoms of PTSD Apr 8th, 2020

When we first think about what PTSD really is, we usually think about what Hollywood has portrayed PTSD as for years: veterans having flashbacks of gunshots, explosions, and soldiers crawling through the jungle. For some this may be the case, but PTSD is much more varied. PTSD—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder—is defined...

My Antidepressant Doesn't Feel Like It's Working Apr 3rd, 2020

Do you find yourself saying any of these?   “I used to smile all the time, but now it is just too hard to.” “I can’t concentrate on my work at all. I just want to go home right now.” “I always feel worthless or guilty for no reason at...

One Big Misconception About ADD Apr 1st, 2020

One of the biggest misconceptions about ADD is that by self-medicating with legal stimulants, like caffeine of nicotine, then this will help solve my ADD symptoms and make me feel normal. The truth, however, is that coffee and cigarettes won’t quite do the trick.   Caffeine and nicotine has the...

Does My Child Have Depression? Mar 27th, 2020

Discussing depression with your children is always a difficult discussion to have, but also incredibly important. The markers of depression often go unnoticed in children due to their usual abundance of energy or positive attitudes. Shockingly enough, 60% of teens and children with depression are not being given help that...

Adult ADD Is a Very Real Thing Mar 25th, 2020

ADD, or attention defecit disorder, is a neurological disorder that causes difficulty focusing, impulsive activity, and sometimes anxiety. Adults with ADD might say some of the following to themselves:   “I just can’t seem to sit still. Sometimes, I have to get up and move around.” “I can’t do my...

The science of ketamine Oct 8th, 2019

The science: The basis of the neurogenesis (regrowth of damaged neurons) hypothesis of depression is that new neurons in the brain are needed to control mood and support the work of antidepressants. Recent studies that have looked at a wide variety of potential mechanisms like: hippocampal (the region of the...

Insomnia and You: How Insomnia Effects You Jul 12th, 2019

60 million individuals suffer from insomnia daily. 35% of adults get less than 7 hours of sleep daily.6000 estimated yearly fatalities due to drowsy driving. Insomnia Results in: Concentration difficultiesDifficulties maintaining work performanceLowered cognition …all negatively affecting your daily life. 68% of all Americans have trouble sleeping at least once a...

The Relationship between Depression and Anxiety Jul 3rd, 2019

Two of the most common mental disorders in the world are anxiety and depression. Although these are two different disorders, they do have a lot in common. Understanding the fine line between depression and anxiety is very challenging due to the abundance of overlap. However, it is shown that in...

Should I Continue My Medications After My Symptoms Are Gone? May 6th, 2019

The Benefits of Continuous Depression Treatments Continuity By maintaining a strict plan for prescriptions, the sustained response from the medication will more rapidly improve your health. Residual SymptomsAny minor symptoms that may have remained after the first three months of treatment will be subsequently removed by the body. RecoveryContinuing medications have...