One of the biggest misconceptions about depression is that it’s an adult-only illness. Unfortunately, children and adolescents suffer from depression. Sometimes parents and caregivers may not be able to recognize the signs of this disorder as signals can be passed off as regular psychological or emotional changes, and a child may go undiagnosed and untreated. What Is Childhood Depression? Childhood depression is different than a moody kid who sometimes seems down or upset. Children, like … [Read more...] about How to Know if Your Child Is Depressed
Why Am I So Tired All the Time?
In our busy lives, it's natural to feel tired all the time. Some days are more tiring than others. But if you find yourself exhausted too quickly, dragging yourself to get out of the bed every day, or simply feeling sluggish to finish even the most basic daily job, there is more to it than your usual tiredness. It can be a medical condition. Fatigue is a common symptom found in many adults. When you're fatigued, you have no motivation and stamina to work, go out or socialize. Let’s … [Read more...] about Why Am I So Tired All the Time?
What You Should Know About Your Thyroid
January is national thyroid awareness month. This butterfly-shaped gland, located at the base of your neck, manufactures hormones that regulate your body’s metabolism. Different disorders can arise when your thyroid produces too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or not enough (hypothyroidism). Problems can range from a goiter (a noncancerous enlargement in the neck) to an autoimmune disease that requires constant monitoring. Most thyroid disorders are more common in … [Read more...] about What You Should Know About Your Thyroid
Mental Health Symptoms and Resources
Looking after mental health can preserve a person’s ability to enjoy life. And if you’re experiencing persistent or severe mental health challenges, it’s time to get help. (WebMD, 2020) When should you get help? Here is a list of symptoms which can be signs of an underlying mental health condition: Thoughts of hurting yourself or othersFrequent or persistent feelings of sadness, anger, fear, worry, or anxietyFrequent emotional outbursts or mood swingsConfusion or unexplained memory … [Read more...] about Mental Health Symptoms and Resources
Anxiety & Depression
To say that we’re going through unprecedented times would be an understatement. These times are tough and trying. Whether it is adults or children, the pandemic has been the trigger for overwhelming emotions for all. Such situations lead to stress and anxiety, especially if you are lonely or isolated. Have you been feeling sad or hopeless? Do you feel worried or uneasy? These could be signs of depression and anxiety. The connection between anxiety and depression Depression and anxiety … [Read more...] about Anxiety & Depression
High Blood Pressure: When To Seek Emergency Care
High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control because of rare physical symptoms. That is why it is also known as the silent killer. (CDC) In the United States, key findings by the recognized government bodies (Million Hearts) indicate that: Nearly 1 out of 2 adults have hypertension (108 million).Most adults with … [Read more...] about High Blood Pressure: When To Seek Emergency Care
Dealing With Depression In Times of Crisis
Like happiness, sadness & grief are natural human emotions. But a major depressive/mood disorder isn’t healthy and should not be taken lightly. Depression and anxiety are common diagnosable conditions; however, if left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting people across all age categories. For many of us, the uncertainty building around COVID-19 can be the … [Read more...] about Dealing With Depression In Times of Crisis
Chest Tightness: Anxiety or Coronavirus?
A lot of people suffer from anxiety in their normal life. With so much media coverage and information during this uncertain time, it’s hard not to feel anxiety. If you’ve never experienced a panic attack before, many who go experience panic attacks and anxiety can feel like they’re dying when they aren’t. There are a lot of different medical conditions can cause sudden shortness of breath: asthma, chest infection, heart disease, anxiety, panic attacks, and yes — COVID-19. (BR General, April … [Read more...] about Chest Tightness: Anxiety or Coronavirus?
Asthma Attack Symptoms & First Aid
Asthma is a respiratory condition that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers. However, when symptoms get worse, it is called an asthma attack. Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts during childhood. How common is Asthma in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in … [Read more...] about Asthma Attack Symptoms & First Aid