Mental Health

Hope and caution during infertility treatment

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Managing hope is a major challenge during fertility treatment. Sometimes people wonder whether being positive or hopeful affects outcomes. Yet balancing optimism and caution isn’t simple and is for each individual to decide.

Can exercise help treat anxiety?

Millions of Americans report having an anxiety disorder. Evidence shows engaging in any sort of physical activity is one of the best ways to ease symptoms of anxiety. Regular activity is best, but even a single bout can help.

Making young minds resilient to disasters

Trauma from experiencing a natural disaster can have long-term effects on the mental and physical health of children. Supportive parents, teachers, and other adults can help children build resilience.

If you are happy and you know it… you may live longer

Plenty of research associates optimism with a reduced risk of certain diseases and conditions. Now, a study suggests that optimistic people are also more likely to live longer.

Gene testing to guide antidepressant treatment: Has its time arrived?

Commercial gene tests claim to offer guidance in choosing appropriate medications to treat depression. As yet, no evidence supports this claim.

What donor offspring seek when they do DNA testing

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Readily available DNA testing unexpectedly changed some family trees. But people who grew up knowing –– or recently learned –– they were donor-conceived may have differing reasons for wanting to better understand their personal stories.

How racism harms children

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement regarding the “socially transmitted disease” of racism. Its negative effects harm children in multiple areas, including education, health care, employment, and the justice system.

Psychotherapy leads in treating post-traumatic stress disorder

Expert recommendations for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differ. New research supports trying certain types of psychotherapy first, followed by medication if needed, or starting off with a combination of both.

Teens and confidentiality

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

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.

DNA testing forever changed donor conception

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

DNA testing kits can upend identity and spark a multitude of questions for some children conceived with donor sperm and parents who hadn’t shared origin stories.