Don’t Take the Holidays Too Much to Heart

We tend to overdo it during the holidays, and for some of us it may cause extra stress on the heart. There’s even a name for this phenomenon: “holiday heart.” Heart problems common during holidays Richard Krasuski, MD, is a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic. He says he sees an increase in cardiovascular events this time … Read More

Beware of ‘Natural’ Testosterone Boosters for ‘Low-T’

Over-the-counter “natural” remedies that claim to raise your testosterone levels sound too good to be true. That’s because they are. No such thing as natural low-T boosters Urologist Daniel Shoskes, MD, says there are really no such things as natural testosterone boosters. “It’s not a medical term,” says Dr. Shoskes. “There really aren’t any substances … Read More

Don’t Live Your Life Focused on Disease

For a person with a complex, chronic illness, too much healthcare can be as dangerous as too little. It’s easy to become overly dependent on medical interventions, on drugs and treatments that while useful, are not enough in themselves to help a person achieve real health.

When to Get Help for School Anxiety

It’s normal for kids from preschool to high school age to experience some nervousness and anxiety early in the school year. As the early weeks unfold, most kids quickly gain confidence and settle into a routine. However, for some students — and their families — the anxiety continues to build. School-related anxiety and school refusal … Read More

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Reducing the Stigma Around Depression, OCD and Anxiety

Growing up, sisters Patrice Catan-Alberty and Sharon Kilbane remember their mother coping with depression. That’s one reason the sisters and their families have made a major gift to Cleveland Clinic supporting mental-health research and the work of Donald Malone, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. Sharing a similar mental-health challenge Both … Read More

Stroke and Depression — A Deadly Combination

It’s not surprising that 20 to 30 percent of people who suffer a stroke also develop depression. Because of the sudden onset of disability, they’re not able to do many of the everyday things they could do before. “It’s a traumatizing experience,” says Cleveland Clinic neurologist Irene Katzan, MD, who treats stroke patients. She says … Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Beyond the Winter Blues

For some, spring seems like a distant dream during the short, dark days of winter — and not just because of biting cold or impending storms. These people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a distinct type of depression, says clinical psychologist Beth G. Dixon, PsyD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. How can … Read More

Do Concussions Lead to Depression?

Playing in the National Football League may offer glory and fame, but as players age, they may also experience some negative brain-related side effects. Repeated concussions may be tied to depression, a study finds. The two-year study followed 34 ex-players with an average age of 62. Researchers found a high correlation between the history of … Read More

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How to Shake the Holiday Blues

Does your holiday jingle sound more like a languishing jangle? If you feel blue around the holidays, you’re in good company. These feelings are quite common, says psychologist Michael McKee, PhD. He says you may feel down if you can’t celebrate the way you’d like to or if you’re reminded of losses that happened around … Read More

Women: Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

If you’re “dashing through the snow” this holiday season, chances are you’re experiencing stress — especially if you’re a woman. Women are vulnerable to stress due to: Socialization. Women are taught to nurture others and spend less time caring for themselves. They often feel guilty saying “no.” Too many hats. About 70 percent of married women … Read More