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Are you always too rushed?

CAN'T SHAKE THAT "HURRY SICKNESS?" - HERE ARE WAYS TO SLOW DOWN. Excessive time-urgency is a classic component of Type-A behavior. People who are overly time-oriented have a greater risk of cardiovascular and other health problems than more patient individuals. Excessive time-urgency is not...

Are you always disappointed?

IF SO, HERE ARE WAYS TO SET MORE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. People who score high on the disappointment scale are at greater risk of physical or emotional difficulties, or both. Such individuals appear to have a greater frequency of headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties, moist palms, and over-...

How do you handle stress?

The SMQ® (Stress Management Questionnaire) is not a psychological test. It's a tool developed by Stressmaster® to help you gain a general view of how well you are handling the stress in your life. The SMQ® assesses eight key stress warning signs: anger perfectionism time-urgency disappointment...

Multiple Sclerosis - Symptoms

Symptoms weakness of one or more extremities paralysis of one or more extremities tremor of one or more extremities muscle spasticity (uncontrollable spasm of muscle groups) muscle atrophy movement, dysfunctional slowly progressive beginning in the legs numbness, decreased or abnormal sensation in...

Multiple Sclerosis - Overview

Definition: A disorder of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) involving decreased nerve function associated with the formation of scars on the covering of nerve cells. Causes, incidence, and risk factors: Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 1 out of 1,600 people. Women are...

Depression- Glossary

ANXIETY DISORDER: a disorder in which an individual is chronically and extremely anxious to such an extent that it limits his or her ability to function. ATYPICAL ANTIDEPRESSANTS: a variety of antidepressants that includes buproprion (Wellbutrin), mirtazapine (Remeron), nefazodone (Serzone),...

Depression resources - Organizations

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) http://www.dbsalliance.org/ 730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501 Chicago, Illinois 60654-7225 USA Toll-free: (800) 826-3632 Fax: (312) 642-7243 National DMDA is a not-for-profit organization established to educate patients, families, mental health...

Depression - Choosing a doctor or therapist

Your options, of course, will vary depending on your health plan. Typically a general health care provider -- a family physician, internist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant -- can provide needed medical therapy for most people who have mild or moderate depression. If the depressed person...

Depression treatment - Self care

While psychotherapy and antidepressants can be effective treatments for depression, there are steps you can take on your own to keep depressive episodes at a minimum, or better cope when they hit. Get exercise Medical studies have shown that exercise is an inexpensive and effective supplemental...

Depression treatment - Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy or "talk" therapy can be provided as a short-term form of psychological counseling. Psychotherapy usually can be effective in 24 sessions or less. Psychotherapy alone (without the use of antidepressants) helps about one out of every two people who have mild to moderate depression. It...

Depression treatment - Light therapy

Light therapy (or phototherapy) is an effective treatment for the winter-onset form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). During treatment sessions the person with SAD sits in a room containing a 10,000-lux light box. The light is aimed down toward her or his head, initially just for 10 to 15...

Diagnosing depression

How to tell if you are depressed Diagnosing depression involves a good medical examination, including a complete history of current and previous symptoms, questions about illnesses of other family members and about your mood, memory, and changes in relationships. How to tell if someone else is...

Should psychiatric drugs be prescribed for young children?

Parents of young children with behavior disorders face an incredibly difficult decision -- do they treat their child's symptoms (like hyperactivity and anxiety) with drugs such as Prozac or Ritalin, or do they try to cope with these problems through therapy, communication and a lot of patience?...