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The Dangers of Holding in Your Emotions

How bottled up stress can damage your physical and mental health, with five strategies to cope. If you’ve spent years trying to repress painful emotions, you’re not doing your health any favors. Emotions, however uncomfortable, "are an important part of the human experience and they facilitate communication to others and sometimes ourselves about our needs and wishes," says Mayer Bellehsen, Ph.

Depression by the Numbers

The facts and the stats on a condition that afflicts millions of Americans. Everyone feels down in the dumps sometimes. But depression is much more than occasional feelings of sadness and loss. "Depression is a deeper, more persistent feeling of low mood and the inability to enjoy things one normally would," says Tina J. Walch, MD, medical director of Northwell Health’s South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, New York.

The Link Between Depression and Physical Pain

A look at some of the reasons why depression is often accompanied by physical pain, with tips on managing depressive symptoms and getting help for the condition. Pain and depression often occur together, making it difficult to tell which one comes first. Therefore, if you’re affected by both problems, you may wonder whether your pain is causing your depression, or if your depression is causing the pain. In some cases, the answer could be a little of both.

Combining Antidepressants and NSAIDs Linked to "Brain Bleeding"

A new study finds an increased risk of bleeding inside the skull when antidepressants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are taken together. It’s known that both non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and antidepressants can cause gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, but now a study shows that they can also increase the risk of intracranial bleeding when taken together. While neither...

What to do When You Feel Like Therapy Isn't Working

If you aren't seeing the results you need, it may be time to consider a new therapist or a new approach to treatment. It's a common question for anyone who has seen a therapist: How long until you start to notice a change in how you feel, and how do you know if therapy is (or isn't) working? Even before you start therapy, it’s important to vet the credentials of the therapist you’ve chosen, says Simon Rego, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

5 Types of Talk Therapy

A guide to different types of talk therapy, with tips on choosing a therapist. Considering therapy, but not sure what kind of therapist you should make an appointment with? Read on for brief overviews of five different types of talk therapy, plus tips on how to find a therapist that meets your needs. Psychoanalysis Created by Sigmund Freud, this is the original “talk therapy,” explains Simon Rego, PsyD, director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

A Food to Lift Your Mood?

The busy “good” bacteria that help keep your body healthy may do the same for your brain. Probiotics, the live bacteria and yeast found in yogurt, fresh sauerkraut, and other fermented foods—as well as dietary supplements—have long been known to support digestive health and immunity. Now, researchers have discovered that probiotics may also ease mood-related disorders, like anxiety and depression.

The Pain of Suicide: Preventing and Coping With Tragedy

Those who take their own lives are not the only victims. More than 40,000 Americans commit suicide each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That’s approximately 110 people every day. In this country, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death overall, but the second leading cause for young people between the ages of 10 and 25.

Treating Seasonal Depression: A New Option

Can vitamin D ease seasonal affective disorder? Do you suffer from the blues once the weather turns glum and chilly? You may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression that typically hits in the winter months and causes irritability, restlessness, feelings of hopelessness, and difficulty concentrating and sleeping.

Beating the Holiday Blues

Tis the Season to Be Sad? 10 Tips to Help You Cope Christmas trees sparkle, festive carols fill the air, and cups overflow with rum-spiked eggnog. With the abundant good cheer and the prevalence of loving families on TV, it seems like it should be the happiest time of year. Yet for many, the holiday season is a trigger for depression.