What Depression is Not, Part 2
There are many myths about depression floating around out there, and part of our job every day at Rochester Holistic Psychiatry is to help dispel those myths to help people better understand themselves, their situation, and their options. One of the biggest myths we come across is that depression is just one thing, a mental disorder characterized by symptoms like sadness, withdrawal, and problems focusing on tasks.
We offer psychiatric health services to patients with a variety of physiological issues, from major depressive
Depression and the Gut Microbiome
We don’t usually think of our guts as things that talk—at least not coherently. They sort of hang out in the background, doing their work, going through their cycles, and gurgling sometimes. But a fascinating area of study is concerned with exploring possible links between the gut microbiome and mental health. It turns out that the gut microbiome and the brain talk with each other. They send directions, feedback, and status updates to detect problems and direct the body on what to do next.
Characteristics of the Depressed Brain
We can see how depression affects a sufferer’s life in so many ways. People report feeling hopeless, tired, irritable, and ashamed. We also know that the brain is just another organ in the body, an intricate network of tissues that interacts with itself and the other parts of the body to drive our actions and decisions. Each human ever born has had their own unique chemistry. We also know that illness can have a profound effect on the structure, sometimes even the appearance, of
What Depression Is and Is Not
Rochester Holistic Psychiatry treats many people with depressive disorders, particularly major depressive disorder, or MDD. Today, we’ll refer to “depression” as a blanket term for depressive disorders.
Depression is not just sadness. Sadness is a classic symptom of depression—feeling “blue,” or “down.” But there are so many other aspects of depressive disorders. Depression is a blend of emotions, and everyone has their own mix.
Depression isn’t always visible. Someone may do their job just as well as usual or put on a good
How to Get Better Exercise with Depression
A 2017 study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry associates taking up regular exercise, regardless of intensity, was connected with reduced occurrence of depression. Studies continue, but the data suggests that about 12% of depression cases could be curbed with at least an hour of exercise every week.
We all know that exercise is good for us, but every day, people encounter blocks to a healthy exercise regimen. Difficulties with scheduling and lack of guidance, for instance. Depression is a common
OCD Treatment Options
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition affecting thousands across the United States and unknown millions worldwide. It can be a daily struggle, and for some it’s debilitating. OCD involves anxiety, compulsive behaviors (like rituals), circular thinking, obsessions, and a lacking sense of reward. Physical symptoms like headaches, insomnia, and disordered eating often follow. OCD has a cumulative negative effect on one’s employment, relationships, and inner life.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is more than just an inconvenience. People with OCD deserve a better quality of life, and there are
Our Services for Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue is, as its name states, is a feeling of tiredness that doesn’t go away even if the sufferer rests. Ironically, sometimes it is also characterized by insomnia. Chronic fatigue is a frustrating condition that affects thousands every day. We don’t know what causes it and there is no definite cure, but there are plenty of things we can do to manage it and hopefully achieve remission.
While we can’t point to a definite cause, some of the problems that contribute to the development of chronic
How TMS Treats the OCD Sufferer’s Brain
The brain is a wondrous machine that we still know little about, but it’s also another part of the body made of carbon-based tissue. The brain interacts with itself at every moment, and sometimes, if a part of the brain is injured or lost, other parts can adapt to fill the need. Certain areas of the brain have specialties with the actions they control and the neurotransmitters they help produce, direct, and inhibit.
Today, we want to look at the parts of
What is Bipolar 2?
Bipolar disorder is something some of our patients struggle with every day. We don’t know for sure what the cause is, but some of the issues connected to bipolar disorder are a family history of mental illness, a history of trauma, or unusual brain structures. The usual age of onset is one’s mid-twenties, but bipolar disorder has been known to manifest in children. There is no connection to one’s sex. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 2.8% of the population of the United States
What TMS Does for OCD
The experience of OCD is worse than it might sound. Plus, OCD is one of the more common mental health disorders. Tragically, it’s also one of the most debilitating when it comes to daily life, surpassed only by bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Millions of people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder in the United States. Recent studies found that about 1.2% of people at the time the study was conducted matched the clinical definition of an OCD sufferer. That’s well over 7 million people, never mind those
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