Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health illness that affects millions of people in the U.S. and doesn't discriminate based on gender or age. Sudden, irrational fears of danger which do not exist, or constantly reliving a past traumatic event, can lead to clinical diagnosis of PTSD. The condition can be treated clinically with medicine, such as ketamine, or psychotherapy, with many patients learning to manage the symptoms
Mood swings, crying spells, and trouble sleeping are common to new moms and often called the “baby blues,” but low energy, poor eating habits, irritability, and withdrawal from everyday life may be signs of a more serious mental illness called postpartum depression. Thankfully, the symptoms can be managed or eliminated. WHAT IS POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION? The Office on Women’s Health, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says of postpartum depression:
You are on the short-list for a big promotion at work. Your boss tells you there is a condition: All you need to do is nail the Zoom call with potential investors. You spend the next 24 hours, your stomach tied in knots, then defer to a co-worker. Your co-worker, excited about the opportunity, impresses everyone during the meeting – and gets rewarded with what should have been your promotion.
In late summer, the days get shorter, and you start to notice changes in how you feel. Your energy decreases, you experience sleep troubles, and you may become moody. A coincidence? Maybe. But a more likely possibility is you are one of 10 million Americans who suffer from a kind of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). WHAT IS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER? Seasonal depression, also called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a