How to take SSRI’s

This Op Ed piece, SSRIs – Nightmares by the Dozen, is filled with anecdotal stories about the horror’s of anti-depressant medication. The first problem I see is the nature of stories: for every one horror story of a person committing suicide or homicide, I...

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

“Do you feel better now?”, my wife asked. “I could tell you were worried”. No. Not really; not much better. I woke up one Saturday morning a while back to find the middle finger of my right hand swollen to about three times it’s normal...

Types of Depression

There are several different kinds of depression. The most common is major depressive disorder. Major Depressive Disorder, sometimes called major depression or clinical depression, is the most common type of depression.  So common, in fact, it is sometimes referred to...

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public...

Panic Disorder

Imagine suddenly feeling like you might be having a heart attack. Your heart is pounding, you feel weak and faint. You may feel dizzy and find yourself sweating profusely. Chest pains are accompanied by nausea and perhaps a tingling or numbness in your hands. People...

What is Depression?

What is depression? Depression, Clinical Depression, Major Depression; all of these are terms used – often interchangeably – for a Major Depressive Disorder. Everybody feels sad occasionally.  Feeling low, sad, or down are usually temporary, fleeting...

Depression and Exercise

Every time I see my primary care physician he talks to me about a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, and regular exercise.  Since I’m in to see my doctor a minimum of once per quarter (to help keep asthma managed and under control) I hear this advice a lot.  “Eat right,...

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