As Thanksgiving approaches, the time for gratitude becomes more present in our daily lives. Some are taking a 21-day gratitude challenge while others are sharing gratitude by posting online like Lisa Rosenthal, the Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications at the Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut.
Learning how to deal with stress and ward off depression can be a challenge for anyone, but those living with arthritis can find it even more difficult to reduce stress in their day-to-day lives. Depression can strike when a sufferer feels anxious, overwhelmed or simply doesn’t have energy to get through their day.
A signaling protein suspected of malfunctioning in anxiety and mood disorders plays a key role in the development of emotional behavior, report researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Mice lacking it in frontal brain circuits during an early critical period fail to develop normal reactions in anxiety-producing situations.
The public health impact of depression and heart disease, both separately and together, is enormous. Depression is the estimated leading cause of disability worldwide, and heart disease is by far the leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately one in three of Americans will die of some form of heart disease.
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