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What is the Best Remedy to Fight off Depression after Consuming MDMA and Methamphetamine?

October 6, 2017

Q: What is the best remedy to fight off depression after consuming MDMA and Methamphetamine? A: MDMA primarily affects the brain’s chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, which enable the nerve cells to communicate with one another. The drug causes a greater release of serotonin and dopamine, which gives users their enhanced mood. However, once the MDMA wears off, there is a depletion of serotonin. That depletion can cause anxiety, irritability, sadness, sleep disturbances, and more. Similarly, methamphetamines also increase the levels of dopamine. Continued methamphetamine abuse can cause users to have difficulty feeling pleasure other than what is provided by the…

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How Anxiety Can Cause Hair Loss

June 29, 2017

Anxiety is the body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. Though everyone feels anxious occasionally, those who suffer from anxiety disorders suffer such distress that it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life. The effects of anxiety are both mental and physical. Some of the physical symptoms can include sweating, headaches, nausea, trembling, and rashes. Anxiety and hair loss is one physical side effect that is not so commonly mentioned. Most people don’t think anxiety affects the hair because it doesn’t affect everyone. However, anxiety can have an effect on your hair and when it does, it…

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From Broken to Whole Again

April 12, 2017

Written by DH Women's Program, alumni family member, Beth O. March 2017 When I grew up, my mother was our caretaker and did everything for us. She put us through dance and gymnastics classes, voice lessons, drove us to soccer games and saved every last dollar from her two jobs to give us everything we needed and wanted. She was strong, smart and our rock when my father left us during the times we needed him most. I was in middle school and my sister was in elementary school. These were the years we needed our father, but he suffered…

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American Society: How It Contributes to Depression

August 30, 2016

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States today (1). In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported antidepressant drug use had skyrocketed by 400 percent over the last two decades. Antidepressants are the most commonly taken type of medication by people 18-44 years old. In 2008, 23 percent of women who were 40-59 years old were taking antidepressant medications (2). Women experience depression more often than men. Women experiencing depression may feel sad, worthless and guilty (3). While biology and hormones play a role in this difference in women's higher depression rates,…

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Exercise and Depression

February 4, 2015

Can depression be helped through exercise? Research says yes! Right now in the US, around a tenth of the population suffers from depression, with women 70% more likely than men to be depressed at some point in their lives. Although more serious cases of depression may need to be professionally treated with medication and counseling, it has been shown that even moderate exercise can improve quality of life for someone struggling with depression. What Did the Research About Exercise and Depression Conclude? One study followed a sample of middle-aged women, who each reported at least ten symptoms of depression, who…

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