May is recognized as Mental Health Month to create awareness around mental health and break the stigma attached. Since 1949 it is observed each year in May. Today more than ever, it's essential to understand that mental health is an integral component of overall health. The illnesses related to it are as common as illnesses in other body parts – they are familiar and treatable. Heightened Awareness The COVID-19 pandemic followed by the economic downfall has adversely affected … [Read more...] about May is Mental Health Month
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
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?
Known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D is an extremely important having powerful effects on systems throughout your body. Vitamin D can be found in different sources such as sunlight, dairy foods, and certain vegetables. It is difficult for most of us to get enough of it without being intentional. Unlike other Vitamins, Vitamin D functions as a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Every human body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to … [Read more...] about Vitamin D Deficiency
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
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
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
While Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a serious and debilitating disease; however, many individuals live full lives after diagnosis. Symptoms can come on suddenly and be extremely scary. This video from the National MS Society gives us a glimpse of how MS affects our health and lives. The big take-away from the video is that you are not alone with the disease, giving hope to those who have been diagnosed or who suspect they are having MS symptoms. What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple … [Read more...] about Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms