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Nutritional Supplements Help Antidepressants Work Better

Nutritional Supplements Help Antidepressants Work Better

May 1, 2016 in Depression
According to an article recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, certain nutritional supplements can increase the effectiveness of antidepressants for individuals suffering from clinical depression.
Researchers at Harvard and the University of Melbourne reviewed the resu [...]

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Early Memory Loss is Associated with Loss of Brain Cells (Neurons)

Early Memory Loss is Associated with Loss of Brain Cells (Neurons)

Apr 15, 2016 in Aging
We all forget things once in a while.  How many times, for example, have you struggled to come up with the name of a recent acquaintance or forgotten where you put your car keys?  These memory hiccups are common and merely constitute a by-product of your brain's continuous striving to [...]

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Anxiety Leads to Poor Decisions

Anxiety Leads to Poor Decisions

Apr 4, 2016 in Health Conditions
As if making good decisions on a regular basis wasn’t already hard enough.  Naturally we all make poor decisions from time to time.  If, however, you find yourself exercising poor judgment more regularly than normal, ask yourself, “Am I more anxious than usual”?  Tha [...]

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Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is More Common Than Anorexia and Bulimia Combined

Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is More Common Than Anorexia and Bulimia Combined

Mar 28, 2016 in Weight management
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder among American adults.  It can cause serious health problems as well as difficulties in one’s occupational, home, and social lives. 
Estimated to afflict 2.8 million individuals, BED is more common than bulimia and [...]

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Sedentary Behavior Linked to Inflammation and Depression

Sedentary Behavior Linked to Inflammation and Depression

Mar 21, 2016 in Depression
A growing body of research is demonstrating ever more conclusively the benefits of physical activity for mental health. The effects of sedentary behavior on mood, however, are less well known. Sedentary behavior may be defined as any activity characterized by low energy expenditure in a sitting or r [...]

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Ashwagandha Improves Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction in Women

Ashwagandha Improves Sexual Functioning and Satisfaction in Women

Mar 11, 2016 in supplements
The use of ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng in traditional Ayurvedic medicine can be traced back 4000 years. This herb is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxididant, and anti-stress properties, and is believed to enhance overall health and longevity. Ashwagandha is also thought protect against can [...]

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Depression and Obesity:  Which Comes First?

Depression and Obesity: Which Comes First?

Mar 6, 2016 in Depression
Why do I as a psychiatrist worry about your weight? For many reasons. You probably have heard that being overweight puts you at increased risk for numerous health problems: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer. But did you know that carrying around those ex [...]

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Common In the Elderly

Vitamin B12 Deficiency is Common In the Elderly

Feb 7, 2016 in Vitamin Deficiency
Are you and your loved ones getting enough vitamin B12? Possibly not. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a common yet frequently overlooked condition, particularly among the elderly. For example, nearly 20% of people 50 years of age and older may be low in vitamin B12, and the prevalence of this deficiency a [...]

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The Effects of Sugar on the Brain and Memory

The Effects of Sugar on the Brain and Memory

Jan 5, 2016 in brain
Americans are undeniably great consumers of added sugar. The average person’s intake is over 126 grams of sugar daily which is way too much. Sugar per se is not harmful but too much of it is detrimental to health. High sugar consumption has long been linked to weight gain, and the development [...]

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How to Beat the Holiday Blues

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

Dec 14, 2015 in Depression
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year to enjoy and reconnect with family and friends. But it is also the time for shopping, cooking, attending and hosting holiday events and get-togethers, traveling and other assorted activities. Plus, the financial demands can be substantial. The combi [...]

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