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The Facts on Phobias

The Facts on Phobias


More Than Fear

Phobias are a particularly unsettling form of anxiety and source of much distress to sufferers. What is a phobia, what forms do phobias take, and what can be done about them? Can they be reduced or eliminated? There are resources available, and things tend to be less frightening once they are better understood.

What Is a Phobia?

It’s normal to have things that scare you. Most of us are scared of something. Some common fears are heights, dark spaces, enclosed spaces, creatures like spiders and snakes,

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MDD and Hormones

A Common Crossroads

Today, we’ll talk about how hormones affect major depressive disorder (MDD). Imbalanced hormones are a common issue we hear about from our patients. For more on hormones and mental health, check out our posts on postpartum depression and menopausal depression.

What Are Hormones?

Hormones are chemical signals that travel around the body influencing the functions of different organs and tissues. Hormones work with the chemical signals of the brain, called neurotransmitters. Hormones are produced and released by glands placed around the human body:

Adrenal glands
Thyroid glands
Pituitary glands

Major hormones include cortisol, estrogen,

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COVID and MDD Part 3: Loss of Routine

When the World Turns Upside Down

Check out our other posts on COVID and mental health here and here, where we talk about the general connection and the effects of isolation.

Today, we want to look at the effects of the loss of routine stemming from the COVID-19 fallout. Loss of routine can be caused by losing one’s job, having to get a different job, working from home, having to get alternate schooling, or taking on additional responsibilities like day-long childcare.

A “Normal” Day

The NCBI has two main definitions of routine: primary and

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Depression Part 5: Postpartum Depression

A Brand-New Person

Having a child is a big deal. It’s usually a joyous time that is anticipated and celebrated, but the period of pregnancy, birth, and a child’s early life is also extremely stressful. The CDC estimates that about 1 in 8 new mothers will experience symptoms of postpartum depression. Today, we’re going to look at postpartum depression: Its definition, causes, symptoms, and how to get help.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that sets in after giving birth to a baby. It can affect the person

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What is meditation?

Meditation Defined

Meditation is an ancient practice performed across time, culture, and geography. A general definition of meditation is action taken to produce greater peace of mind, clarity, and control over one’s thoughts. What is the goal of meditation, and how do you meditate?

Why Meditate?

A good thing about meditation is that it can be combined effectively with any treatment regimen like medication, therapy, and neuromodulation like TMS if the patient chooses to. What are some reasons people meditate?

Someone suffering from anxiety might meditate to calm themselves.
Someone having trouble with repetitive, ruminating

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Depression Part 4: MDD

The Battle Against Depression

Treating major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the main things we do at Rochester Holistic Psychiatry.  For our series on different types of depression, it’s time to talk about MDD.  We’ll look at some nuances that make MDD what it is, including some elements that can be unexpected or go unnoticed.  For our purposes today, we will use major depressive disorder, MDD, and depression interchangeably.

Depression Doesn’t Need a Reason

When someone is ill, we immediately begin looking for any culprit that can be addressed to alleviate the

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MDD and Genetics

Are MDD and Our Genes Linked?

What kind of influence do genes have on occurrences of major depressive disorder (MDD)?  How do we figure out the links and how do we adapt our treatments to best help patients?

First, we have to acknowledge the base question that this, and many other investigations into the causes of mental health issues, comes down to: Nature versus nurture.  Biology versus environment.  Hardwired—or acquired?  What about both?

Environmental Factors

It is strongly believed that environment plays a large part in mental development, particularly in childhood.  A negative environment

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Covid and Depression Part 2: Isolation

The Alone and the Lonely

Rochester Holistic Psychiatry’s goal is for all of our friends to feel seen and cared for.  We’re going to be covering several aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine that impact mental health, and today’s focus is isolation.

In early 2020, millions of people were ordered to shelter in place and millions of businesses closed.  Some people are able to move more freely again, and some are back under lockdown.  One of the things about the pandemic that exacerbates depression is the isolation and loneliness that often

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COVID and Depression, Part 1

Facing the COVID Effect

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the need for psychiatric care to a whole new level.  Quarantine and other effects of the pandemic have impacted the mental health of millions.  To best deal with something, we need to do our best to understand it.  Every day we help people hurt by the effects of the pandemic, and we anticipate doing so for a long time to come.

Many of us are always taking care of other people.  It is essential to care for yourself, and we can help with

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Beginner’s Guide to TMS

Back to Basics

Sometimes it helps to have a refresher.  Today we’re going to go over the basics of TMS and the most common questions we receive about this treatment.  We’ve included plenty of links to other parts of our site for more information on each point.

What Does TMS Mean?

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation.  It is a form of non-invasive neuromodulation therapy approved by the FDA in 2008.

What Does TMS Do?

TMS is used to treat treatment-resistant MDD (major depressive disorder).  “Treatment-resistant” refers to MDD that has previously been treated with

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