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Understanding social anxiety disorder and social phobia

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Social anxiety disorder is also referred to as social phobia. It is a mental health condition that causes a person to suffer from a persistent and intense fear of being watched or judged by others in social situations. People with social anxiety disorder are afraid of being evaluated or rejected in ordinary interactions with others. […]

Shining a light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

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As days grow shorter and hours of sunlight diminish, many people in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing a return of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a depression condition that is triggered by a chemical change in the brain, brought on by less time spent outdoors and shorter days. Seasonal affective disorder is also referred […]

Too much screen time can be harmful

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Too much screen time can be harmful! In January 2023, the results of a three-year study on what effects prolonged attention to social media activities like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook revealed that pre-teens who spend many hours each day focused on their social media platforms may be physically altering essential neurological functions in their brains. […]

Personal reflection: Mental distress in healthcare workers

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Diagnosing mental distress in healthcare workers has become increasingly important as shortages of trained personnel grow and populations age. There’s a direct relationship between the average age of a country or county’s population and the level of health services they require – older people need more care. The aging of the population places dual pressures […]

Levels of anxiety grow in times of stress

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There is a natural and quite normal link between the volume of news “from the front line” on TV and the levels of anxiety the population feels. Acts of kindness, stories of hope, or ‘top five most outstanding sunsets today’ rarely make headlines. How much more so, in times like these, where unprecedentedly dramatic events […]

Medications for clinical depression and anxiety

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Diagnosing and treating clinical depression, also known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), involves a comprehensive evaluation since no single test definitively identifies it, and there are several options for treating people once a diagnosis has been reached. You can read about the general approach in our more detailed article here. The diagnosis process requires clinical […]

Dealing with depression means understanding the causes

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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is a significant mental health challenge, and it requires special attention and training for a doctor to reach a diagnosis of clinical depression. It is the most common of several forms of depression and is often the most difficult to diagnose and treat. It has to be differentiated from the other […]

Marketing of NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and the bureaucratic time warp

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It’s been just over a year since the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) notified health supplement manufacturers that it was refusing their petition against the decision to block the marketing of NAC (N-acetyl-L-cysteine, aka n-acetylcysteine) as a food supplement. This decision has deep consequences for all of the parties involved in the supply chain […]

With all the benefits of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), why is the FDA descheduling it?

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There is great research going on in many parts of the world to investigate, share and publicize the benefits of N-acetyl cysteine (NAC).  Unfortunately, there is also a bureaucratic nightmare that is putting up barriers for people trying to get access to NAC. In this short article, we will share some thoughts about the supply […]

Uses and Effects of Lamictal

A healthcare provider can help you determine if lamictal is the right treatment for you.

In this article, we will introduce you to the uses and effects of Lamictal, and try to answer some of the more frequent questions that people ask us about it.  Lamictal (generic name: lamotrigine) is a chewable pill that can help prevent epileptic seizures and cycles of depression. It works by stabilizing electrical activity in the […]

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