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  • Infographic: Selfie Psychology Stats and Info

    A photo taken of oneself, by oneself. Typically shot with a smartphone and uploaded to social media or sent in a text.

  • I Feel Fat – Decoding the Negative Self-Talk

    Body Shame Image - LocateADoc.comIf you find yourself saying, “I feel fat,” or other negative self-talk, you actually may be talking to yourself about other feelings or thoughts in your life. Decoding these messages will stop the negative body thoughts and also help you confront the underlying issue you are facing in your life.

  • What are the Pros and Cons of Antidepressants for Teenagers?

    Antidepressants for Teenagers Picture - LocateADoc.comThere was a time when mental ailments like depression were a concern only for grown-ups and middle-aged people. With the times changing as fast as they have, depression is no more confined to the mentioned groups. Modern lifestyle which includes changed environment at home, neighborhood, school and the peer group have taken their toll on the mental health of our children.

  • What are the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana for Anxiety Treatment?

    Medical Marijuana Picture - LocateADoc.comMedical marijuana refers to the use of the plant cannabis and its constituents, such as cannabinoids, in the management of certain medical conditions. Cannabis contains more than four hundred chemicals. However, the actions of only two chemicals - THC and cannabidiol have been studied until now.

  • 10 Tips for Your Best Sleep Ever

    Tips for Great Sleep Picture - LocateADoc.comSleeping is the best form of rest that a person can get, especially when one is experiencing stress or fatigue at any time. While there are many factors, both internal and external, that can greatly affect your sleep pattern, here are 10 ways you can improve your sleeping habits.

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  • Many people turn to medications each year to find relief for their depression or anxiety issues. However, a new study published in the online journal BMJ has found that some of those medications may be tied to a higher risk of death. The study, which was published in March, followed 34,727 people who took the anti-anxiety medications Valium or Xanax or the sleeping aids Ambien, Sonata or Lunesta to discover what long-term effects the medications might have. After adjusting for age, the use of other medications, and other lifestyle factors such as smoking or alcohol use, the researchers found that those taking Valium or Xanax had more than double the risk of death than those who did not take the drugs. The study included 69,418 control subjects who did not take these anti-anxiety medications or sleeping aids. Researchers also tried to account for sleep disorders, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric illnesses when determining the risk of death. However, study authors noted that it was not possible to account for all variables. Therefore, while the data pointed to an increased risk of death from these drugs, the results are not conclusive. The lead author encouraged patients to spend as little time on these medications as possible. Ultimately, if you suffer from a sleep or anxiety disorder, it is important for you to work with a doctor and a psychologist to assess your symptoms and to determine the right treatment plan. The risks presented by these drugs may be outweighed by their benefits. The only way to know for certain is to work with a qualified healthcare professional and to explore the full range of treatment options. Your doctor may have other possibilities for medication, and your psychologist may be able to work with you through talk therapy or behavioral therapy to minimize symptoms. Check out our additional resource section for additional information on anxiety medications and psychological questions.

    Many people turn to medications each year to find relief for their depression or anxiety issues. However, a new study published in the online journal BMJ has found that some of those medications may be tied to a higher risk of death.

  • Photo of woman post partum depression LocateADoc

    The birth of your child is a momentous occasion that will fill you with an unimaginable feeling of love and joy. After months of hard work and hours of labor, holding your healthy child in your arms makes you feel like nothing else in the world. Unfortunately, for some, this is followed by a despondency that psychologists define as postpartum depression, or PPD.PPD is a special form of depression that occurs for certain women sometime after the birth of their child, usually within a year. It is often caused by the extreme body changes or stress that occur during and immediately following pregnancy. The symptoms typically range from anxiety or melancholy to low appetite and depleted energy. Unfortunately, this occurs for many women at a time when they should be happiest. But it is important to remember how common this issue is and that you are not alone.

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