Mental Health

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Estrogen & Mood: Is it Depression, Bipolar Disorder, or “Just Her Hormones”?

Men (and some women) joke all the time about women “going crazy” pre-menstrually or at other times when our hormones are fluctuating, and while I don’t particularly like the idea of describing what happens to us as “going crazy,” science shows that there is some truth to the idea: the time periods when women’s hormones …

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Unexpected Ways Genetics & Inflammation Can Affect Your Mental Health

Have you ever noticed that you’re not quite yourself when you don’t get enough rest? If you’re like me, you are probably more easily irritated or even more emotionally labile when you don’t get quality sleep. Not getting enough sleep can definitely affect your mood and mental health. The reverse is true as well; your …

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Depression vs. Sex: What to Do When Your SSRI Meds Cause Sexual Problems

Serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a class of drugs commonly used to treat depression. You may recognize the most common SSRIs by their trade names: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and the list goes on. If you’re on or have ever been on an SSRI, you’ve likely noticed that sexual dysfunction is a common side effect …

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Silver Alert: How to Prevent or Delay Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

My grandmother was my favorite person in the world. She stepped in and took care of me and my siblings in Trinidad while my mom worked immensely hard to secure a better life for us in the US. My grandma always had great advice for me, and I mean ALWAYS. She was a person who …

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