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St. John’s Wort and Health Belief Model

Categories History and Orientation The Health Belief Model (HBM) is a psychological model that attempts to explain and predict health behaviors based on an individuals attitudes and beliefs of individuals. It was first developed in the 1950s by social psychologists employed by the U.S. Public Health Services. The most recent

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A severe case of the blues? (“Un gros cas de blues.”)

Categories Frances first girlfriend, 48 year-old journalist Valerie Trierweiler, has “Un gros cas de blues.” (“A severe case of blues?”) after French President Hollande spent the night with 41 year-old actress Julie Gayet. The point of this blog is not to speculate on whether Holland was technically cheating on Trierweiler,

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Brain Degenerative Factors and their Effects on the Brain

Categories The following is a list of brain degenerative factors that can easily progress into age senile dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression and early general dysfunction. Inflammation. Most people think that inflammation is painful but interestingly enough the brain does not have brain receptors. Hence we cannot feel brain inflammation. Through modern

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New Study reveals link between elevated red cells and depression

Categories A new research study conducted at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute revealed a link between elevated red cell distribution and depression. This new discovery should help physicians diagnose depression earlier among their heart patients. This is the first time this association has been discovered. Results of the study were

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Harvard Study Links Carbohydrates to Depression

Categories A new study conducted by Dr. Michael Lucas of the Harvard School of Public Health has established a definitive link between carbohydrate consumption and depression. The study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity was conducted over a 12 year period with a group of 43,000 women. A similar study,

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Is your antidepressant causing fluid retention?

Categories Everyone knows that a bag of salty fries and a big Mac can make your ankles swell up like fire hydrants because the body so wants to dilute the salt that it traps fluid in bod tissues but did you know that antidepressants can also be part of the

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Helpful Apps

Categories Positive thinking In order to be happy you need to be positive and in order to be positive you need to be happy. This positive thinking app can support you in that process. Because, sometimes it is a process. This attractive interface is festooned with positivity reminders to help

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Oxytocin: Something to Bark About

Categories Everyone knows that looking into a dogs eyes is a nice thing to do. Every wondered why the dog-human bond is so powerful? According to Japanese scientists it is oxytocin, the bonding hormone. A new study found that oxytocin is just as critical a component of the human/canine bond

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National Depression Screening Day

Categories Depression isn’t simple. When we are truly depressed our friends usually can’t reach us—because we don’t want friends around. And the phone, texts, and door goes unanswered. Basically, such people are becoming their own worst enemy and are more attracted to self-persecution rather than comfort. Finding your way out

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Isolation, Depression and Human Growth Hormone in Aging Men

Categories Social withdrawal is typically one of the first signs of depression. It is especially pronounced in older men. This iinfluences not just psychosocial well-being but their physical health. “When we’re clinically depressed, there’s a very strong urge to pull away from others and to shut down,” says Stephen Ilardi,

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Depressed Smokers more likely to Quit then Non-Depressed Smokers

Categories Washington: A new study reviewed in the Cochrane Library finds that depressed smokers are more likely to successfully quit than their non-depressed counterparts. Moreover, they stop smoking longer and benefit overall from mood management interventions after they quit smoking. The lead researcher Regina van der Meer, at the Dutch

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Piracetam and its Effects on the Brain

Categories Piracetam reverses the effects of aging in the brain. Piracetam also appears to be effective in treating cognitive impairment in alcoholism. Piracetam is useful as a long-term treatment for clotting, coagulation, and vasospastic disorders such as deep-vein thrombosis as it operates through the novel mechanism of inhibiting platelet aggregation

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Verbal Discipline and Depression

Categories A new study from the University of Pittsburgh involving 967 two-parent families and their teens determined that 13 year olds who received harsh verbal discipline were prone to symptoms of depression at age 14. They were also more likely to exhibit aggression, misconduct, vandalism and anger. Yelling and screaming

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Too much Facebook use engenders mood darkening

Categories A new study of 82 college students conducted at the University of Michigan demonstrated that users experienced a darkened mood regardless of how supportive their friends are. Moreover, the more time they spent on Facebook the more their mood dropped. “We were able to show on a moment-to-moment basis

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Stalin, Leeches and depression

Categories Joseph Stalin, the tyrannical totalitarian leader of the Soviet Union from 1927 to 1953, creator of one of the most brutal reigns in history, used leeches to treat his headaches and depression. He says he felt good after each such treatment. Guessing from the complete fear that is subordinates

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