Category Archives: Mental Health

A Unique Approach to Women’s Health Optimization

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The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]

Is Ketamine the Answer to Treating Depression Caused by Chronic Illness?

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Sadly, standard treatment practice for depression does not fully acknowledge or address the connection between chronic illness and mental health. Fortunately, it may be possible to effectively treat depression while also improving elements of chronic illness. Research suggests that ketamine therapy may prove to be a safe and effective approach to alleviating depression while also limiting multiple symptoms commonly cause by chronic illness. What is Depression? Depression is an exceptionally common mental health issue. It estimated that every year over 19 million Americans suffer from depression. Despite its frequency there are still many questions regarding the cause of depression and how best to treat. Identifying Depression Depression can manifest itself in many ways. Even though it is classified as a mental health disorder, depression can trigger physical irregularities in addition to disrupting psychological wellness. Familiarity with the many signs and symptoms of depression facilitates earlier recognition, treatment, and recovery. Some […]

Is Depression the Catch-All Diagnosis for Most Doctors?

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Originally Posted April 2017Updated August 2019 Patients of all ages have reported similar experiences of visiting doctor after doctor hoping for answers on why they’re having headaches, fevers, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, tremors, heart palpitations, digestive upset, and other mysterious and debilitating symptoms. Over and over the diagnosis is made, often without a thorough examination or testing. “Depression,” they say. “I’ll give you a referral to a psychiatrist.” Or “It’s anxiety. There’s a medication for that.” Or simply “You’re just stressed. You need to relax more.” The widespread recognition of the mind-body connection among the medical community is a positive thing – but have some doctors taken it too far? Have psychosomatic illnesses become a catch-all diagnosis? If so, these physicians may be doing more harm than good in many cases. It’s almost unheard of nowadays to hear a doctor say, “I’m really not sure what’s causing your symptoms.” For […]

The Importance of Support When You Have a Chronic Illness

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Conditions like Lyme disease, thyroid disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can have a dramatic and long-lasting impact. One of the most common and detrimental effects of chronic illnesses such as these is a sense of alienation and loneliness. These feelings can contribute to a significant decline in mental health, encourage psychological dysfunction, and exacerbate existing conditions. To combat the psychological effects of chronic illness, it is essential that patients be aware of the threat, recognize the importance of community, and get appropriate support. Learn more about the connection between chronic illness and mental health here. The Alienating Effects of Chronic Disease Abandonment is a common sensation for those living with chronic illness. Many patients find that friends and family who have made vows to stick around through thick and thin tend to fade away when issues of chronic illness arise. Such situations can leave patients feeling betrayed, judged, and […]

Finding a Therapist When You Have a Chronic Illness (+ What Makes Good Therapist)

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Most people know what qualities to look for when choosing a physician. However, many with chronic illnesses are at a loss when it comes to selecting a therapist. Knowing the signs and qualities of a good therapist can help you choose an expert who can provide the care you need.   The Connection Between Chronic Illness and Mental health A decay of both physical and mental wellness is frequently seen in those with chronic illness. There are many reasons why chronic illness may result in this mutual decline.  Emotional stress caused by a new diagnosis or an unexpected worsening of the condition can trigger a significant amount of stress, anxiety, or depressive symptoms. If left unattended, these problems can actually contribute to an increase in the frequency, severity, and new development of physical symptoms. A decline in physical health such as this can impede factors associated with mood regulation and neurological function, […]

Warning Signs That Your Chronic Illness is Taking a Toll on Your Mental Health

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Those with chronic illness often experience symptoms of psychological unrest such as isolation, loneliness, sadness, and even loss of hope. Unfortunately, many people disregard such symptoms and write them off as fleeting or temporary. In reality, these issues can be indicative of serious psychological dysfunction. Because chronic illness is so often accompanied by mental health issues, it is essential that those suffering from chronic illness be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of psychological dysfunction. Is There a Connection Between Chronic Illness and Mental Health? Any type of stress can contribute to mental dysfunction. Chronic illness is a common cause of mental health issues as it often contributes to a great deal of emotional, psychological, and physical stress. Studies show that individuals suffering from one or more chronic illness are almost twice as likely to develop a mood disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar, when compared to those […]

Apps to Help You Manage Your Chronic Illness and Mental Health

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In part, this is because patients suffering from chronic illness must juggle additional responsibilities like scheduling and attending numerous doctor appointments, tracking and taking medications, logging symptoms, and more. The physical and mental drain that comes with chronic illness can make these and other common tasks exceptionally difficult. Fortunately, it may be possible to lighten your load and improve mental well-being by utilizing tools built specifically to support those suffering from chronic disease. The Link Between Chronic Illness and Mental Health Chronic illness is frequently accompanied by psychological dysfunction and emotional issues. In part this is due to the heightened degree of stress and anxiety that comes from living with chronic disease. Additionally, some chronic conditions trigger fundamental changes in physiological activity that may make individuals more prone to mental dysfunction and mood disorders. This may be a primary reason why many of those suffering from chronic illness experience psychological […]

9 Tips to Help You Manage Your Chronic Illness (and Mental Health)

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Managing both the physical and mental symptoms of chronic illness can be challenging. Fortunately, it may be possible to improve both areas through the same process. Adopting healthy psychological and self-care practices helps alleviate physical and mental dysfunction caused by chronic disease.  The Connection Between Chronic Illness and Mental Health Chronic illness and mental wellness are closely related in many ways. For example, psychological issues such as emotional trauma, grief, guilt, and anxiety can contribute to chronic pains, weight gain, and other physical manifestations. Conversely, chronic illness such as diabetes, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and thyroid disease, can contribute to mental stressors and the development of mood disorders. In fact, studies suggest that those suffering from a chronic illness are almost twice as likely to develop clinical anxiety, depression, or other psychological issues. Learn more about the connection between chronic illness and mental health here. Tips on Managing Chronic […]

The Connection Between Chronic Illness and Mental Health

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Chronic illness in any form can have a dramatic effect on both physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, treatment of chronic disease tends to focus primarily on resolving only physical symptoms. This erroneous practice discounts the fact that chronic illness often disrupts mental wellness to a significant degree. To effectively support mental health, it is essential that we understand and appreciate the impact of chronic illness on the mind and implement the appropriate treatments. Linking the Physical and Mental Chronic disease such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Lyme disease are associated with an array of physical problems that make everyday life challenging. Issues such as fatigue, pain, and weakness often accompany these types of illness. However, mental problems including mood irregularities, poor cognitive function, and anxiety are common symptoms as well. Sadly, many people discount the impact of chronic illness on mental wellness despite much research showing a strong connection […]