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Why women develop eating disorders in midlife

midlife eating disorder

Midlife can bring about significant changes, not just physically but also emotionally and socially. For many women, this period is marked by the onset of menopause, which can trigger a resurgence or the initial appearance of eating disorders. Contrary to popular belief, eating disorders are not just a concern for the young; they can be […]

How to support loved ones with PTSD

ptsd

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. This condition can lead to various symptoms that may affect daily functioning and relationships. Symptoms of PTSD Intrusive memories, such as recurring distressing memories, flashbacks, and nightmares. Avoidance of thoughts, places, or activities that remind one of the […]

High-fat diets and mental health: How your gut influences anxiety

high-fat diet

High-fat diets, such as the typical Western diet, have long been associated with obesity and mental health disorders like anxiety. Recent research sheds light on how these diets may disrupt the gut microbiome and gut-brain signaling, contributing to anxiety. The link between obesity, high-fat diets, and anxiety Individuals with obesity are more likely to experience […]

Understanding antidepressants: Managing weight gain and other side effects

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Antidepressants, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Lexapro, are known to potentially influence weight. While some patients may experience weight gain, the effects vary significantly among individuals. Impact of depression and anxiety on weight The relationship between mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, and weight changes is complex. According to experts, these […]

Study shows loneliness can lead to increased stroke risk

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A recent study has highlighted a significant health concern: chronic loneliness can elevate the risk of stroke by as much as 56%. This finding underscores the importance of addressing loneliness as a serious health issue. The study’s findings Conducted from 2006 to 2018, the research involved participants aged 50 and older who had never experienced […]

Understanding generalized anxiety disorder: Symptoms, causes, and management

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition characterized by persistent and excessive worry about various aspects of daily life. Affecting an estimated 2% of adults in the United States, GAD can significantly impact one’s quality of life. It is more common in women and typically develops between childhood and middle age. Recognizing the symptoms of […]

How a healthy microbiome enhances stress resilience

stress resilience

Recent research highlights a significant link between the gut microbiome and stress resilience, suggesting that a healthy gut can lead to better mental and emotional health. This connection, often called the gut-brain axis, involves complex interactions that affect psychological and physiological well-being. The impact of gut health on stress resilience A study conducted by UCLA’s […]

Tips for understanding and managing hangxiety

hangxiety

Hangxiety, a term that blends hangover and anxiety, describes the feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, regret, and shame that can follow a night of drinking. Accompanied by typical hangover symptoms like headaches, nausea, and fatigue, hangxiety can be particularly distressing for those with pre-existing anxiety or depression conditions. What causes hangxiety? Alcohol affects the brain by […]

Potential at-home ketamine treatment for severe depression

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An experimental slow-release ketamine capsule, potentially taken at home, offers new hope for individuals with severe, treatment-resistant depression. This innovative approach could revolutionize treatment by making it more accessible and cost-effective. Understanding ketamine’s role in treating severe depression Ketamine has shown effectiveness in individuals who have not responded to traditional antidepressants. Current treatments involve clinical […]

The impact of parasocial relationships on mental health

parasocial relationships

In an era where social media reigns supreme, the phenomenon of parasocial relationships is increasingly common. These one-sided bonds, where a person feels connected to a celebrity or online personality, can range from harmless admiration to unhealthy attachments. What are parasocial relationships? Parasocial relationships occur when individuals form emotional connections with public figures despite the […]