July 20, 2014

What anxiety does to your body

We’ve come to understand that anxiety is much more than just a feeling. Remember Tony Soprano’s first panic attack – the one where he ended up in the Emergency Room for a suspected heart attack? Well, that’s just one of the nasty ways long-term stress can present itself. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 3, 2014

Why does winter make me SO blue?

Winter is officially here, and while the cold, dark season makes getting up and going about your business more difficult for most people, for some it triggers depression. We’re talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder – also known as SAD. (more…)
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May 26, 2014

This is how stress affects your skin!

A little bit of stress keeps you on your toes, and actually helps keep you motivated. But when stress gets too much, and is persistent, it starts messing with your sleep patterns, metabolism and general health – and it also starts showing on your skin. Yikes! (more…)
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January 17, 2014

How is depression best treated?

Not all depression is the same, so if you’ve been diagnosed with depression your doctor will speak to you about the different treatment options available, and which would suit you best. For patients with clinical depression, treatment may include psychotherapy with or without prescribed anti-depressants. For others who don't respond to standard depression treatments, doctors may offer brain stimulation techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also called electroshock therapy. (more…)
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November 23, 2013

Is your sweet tooth causing you stress?

Yikes! A recent study showed that over the past 50 years our consumption of chocolate has doubled – to nearly 11kg a year – and that’s not including any other sugary sweet foods we indulge in. Be honest, could this be you? Most people enjoy a little sweet treat every now and again, and we often turn to chocolate or other sweets when we’re feeling stressed or emotional – and it generally makes us feel better. Researchers disagree though, and suggest that rather than making us feel better, sugar could be making us feel more ‘panicked and wired’. They’ve also…
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November 19, 2013

Coping with exam stress

How Can I Help My Child? Exam time is stressful for everyone, and parents often feel helpless when it comes to helping their children manage stress and do their best in exams. Well help is here, and Dr. Russell from Hello Doctor gave some handy tips to help you, as parents, manage the next couple of months. (more…)
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