Depressed Moms May Have Shorter Kids

Moms who suffer from postpartum depression may be more likely to have shorter kids, a new study in the journal Pediatrics finds. Researchers at Johns Hopkins linked the height disparity to less breastfeeding, as well as increased stress that may affect a child’s growth hormones.   Amy Sullivan, Psy.D., a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic, says that … Read More

How You Can Deal With Depression

Depression comes in as many shapes and sizes as the people it affects. If you have the symptoms of depression (see box below if you are uncertain), there are ways to take control of your own mental health. Psychologist Michael McKee, PhD, and psychiatrist Donald Malone, MD, offer the following advice to get you started. … Read More

A Happy Mind Makes a Healthy Heart

Eat healthy foods, sleep well and get enough exercise. This has been the typical prescription for anyone seeking a healthy heart. And recent research points to a fourth tenant that should be added to that list: smile! Optimism — It Makes Your Heart Beat Many studies have been conducted regarding the negative affect a bad … Read More

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Bipolar Disorder: Know the Symptoms

Are you experiencing uncontrollable feelings of euphoria or hyperactivity and depression? It could be bipolar disorder, a behavioral disease that is characterized by these drastic feelings. You’re not alone. Formerly known as manic-depression, this disease affects one to five percent of the world’s population. Bipolar disorder usually shows up in the late teens to early … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz: Depression

True or False: Depression is normal in the heart patient. True False Answer:  False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Depression and heart disease often travel together. Twenty to thirty percent of all patients with heart disease develop depression, and depressed individuals tend to develop more coronary heart disease than do … Read More