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Stroke risk rises in people who develop depression after a heart attack

Published July 1, 2022

A 2022 study found that people who have depression after a heart attack are nearly 50% more likely to suffer a stroke compared with heart attack survivors who don’t develop depression.

Summertime blues?

Published July 1, 2022

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is less common in summer, but a seasonal pattern of depressive symptoms can occur despite exposure to many hours of daylight. Many summertime SAD symptoms resemble overall depression markers, but eating and sleeping patterns can deviate. People can combat summertime SAD by sticking with antidepressants and psychotherapy, maintaining routines, exercising, and taking a break from social media.

Grab your paddle

Published July 1, 2022

Paddle sports, like canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, tone muscles in the back, shoulders, arms, and core to help make everyday movement easier and safer. Plus, water activities get people to interact with nature, which can boost their mental and emotional health. Begin by signing up for individual or group paddling lessons where all equipment is provided. The experience teaches you the basics, like how to paddle and safely get in and out of the boat, and other rules and etiquette.

Untangling grief: Living beyond a great loss

Published June 23, 2022

There is no way to prepare for the many shades of grief, which can lead to illness as well as distress. While each person navigates grief differently, the experience of others and broad advice on how to cope may offer comfort.

I’m too young to have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, right?

Published June 20, 2022

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are something we think of as diseases of old age. Memory loss is a common symptom, and something that people in midlife also experience — but young onset dementia is very uncommon.

If climate change keeps you up at night, here's how to cope

Published June 13, 2022

Climate anxiety is distress related to worries about how the effects of climate change. It’s more likely to affect adolescents and young adults, leading to chronic stress, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and more. What can you do to manage climate anxiety in yourself or a young person in your life?

Dementia link to early menopause

Published June 1, 2022

Reaching menopause many years before the average age may be linked to a higher risk of developing dementia later in life.

Magic mushrooms and toad venom

Published June 1, 2022

Psychedelic drugs such as psilocybin (found in "magic mushrooms") and 5-MeO-DMT (a compound derived from toad venom) are being tested for treating cases of depression that don’t respond to standard treatments. New depression approaches are needed since current treatments don’t work in nearly half of patients. Hallucinogenics may change longstanding thought patterns or promote new connections in brain neurons. Benefits of psilocybin on mood appear to be long-lasting. FDA approval for psilocybin will likely take several more years.

Ready, set, hike!

Published June 1, 2022

Hiking continues to be one of the safest activities people can enjoy during COVID because it is done outside and away from confined group settings. The outdoor adventure also is one of the best exercises for both body and mind, as it can improve lower-body strength and endurance, increase balancing skills that can protect against falls, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and reduce the risk of depression.

War anxiety: How to cope

Published May 23, 2022

News and social media are filled with disturbing stories and images. Anxiety about war, coming on top of two years of the pandemic, is hitting us particularly hard. The symptoms of war anxiety can be physical or mental; knowing what tools to use and how can help break the anxiety cycle.

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