Anxiety and Depression
Offering teens privacy and confidentiality when meeting with a health care provider may allow them to discuss uncomfortable topics –– such as risky behavior, physical concerns, feeling anxious or depressed –– a step toward getting needed information and help.
College can be exhilarating, but anxiety during the college years is very common. Whether you’re a student or a parent, there are ways to cope with anxiety –– including steps you can take this summer.
The drug ketamine is a promising treatment for some people with major depression. It can be given as an IV infusion or a nasal spray. Because it works quickly, it could be an important tool in helping people who are suicidal.
The stresses of daily life can keep us in a state of constant tension. Learning to belly breathe can help ease your body’s response to anxiety and stress.
Stress at work is common and can lead to burnout, which is linked with depression and anxiety. Strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy can help people learn to manage stress.
If you feel ready to stop taking an antidepressant, tapering off slowly with advice from your doctor may help you avoid uncomfortable symptoms called discontinuation syndrome.
Millions of Americans are affected by a condition called skin picking disorder that is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help, and there are also certain medications that may help some people; understanding what triggers the urge can help individuals address the issue.
Many women going through menopause experience symptoms of depression. Hormone therapy may help some women avoid depression, but carries an increased risk of blood clots or stroke. A woman should talk with her doctor and carefully evaluate of the risks and benefits of hormone therapy compared to other treatments for depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people learn how to overcome negative thought patterns and behaviors. Now an emerging variant on CBT aims to concentrate treatment into a more compressed time frame.
The adjustment from summer vacation back to the structure and demands of the school year affects many students, but some experience so much anxiety that they avoid going to school. Understanding the reasons for school refusal can help parents identify problems and act quickly.