We like to think that childhood is free from worry or care, but the fact is that mental health issues are present for approximately 25% of children every year. The most common issues are depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Autism, although less common than these three […]
Chronic pain is a long-standing pain that is not new. It may be as a result of an injury or trauma to the body that did not heal properly, or it may arise from a chronic condition such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. In keeping with the idea of a […]
Fibromyalgia is a complex and difficult disease that affects approximately five million people in the U.S., most of whom (80-90%) are women. There are many ideas about what causes the disease, including a genetic link or a tie to a traumatic event, such as an accident or certain diseases, […]
Stress and how we deal with it throughout our lives plays an important part in the aging process. Our bodies deal with stress by releasing the hormone cortisol and adrenaline to either deal with the stress head on or to leave the stressful situation. After this response, our levels […]
Childhood is a relatively new invention, basically unheard of until the early 20th century. At that point, child labor laws placed age restrictions on factory workers, public schools became more common, and kids began to experience free time that they had not had before. TV shows from the mid-20th […]
At the end of a long, stressful day, we feel it in our bodies. Our necks ache, maybe our lower back hurts. This could be a direct result of holding our muscles tense for a long period of time and usually goes away once we are able to relax […]
Can stressful events predict future illness?
Two researchers in 1967 thought so. Combing through the medical records of over 5,000 patients with an eye to seeing if there was a connection between illness and stressful events, Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe found that a strong correlation did exist. This correlation […]
Stress is a complex, natural response to a perceived dangerous threat. When we feel stress, our bodies release extra adrenaline and cortisol, giving us the temporary ability to move faster, to think more quickly, and to react instinctively. When the threat goes away, our bodies return to a neutral […]
Who suffers most from mental illness? This is a complex and difficult question to answer, almost a chicken-and-egg proposition.
There is some evidence that people living below the poverty line suffer mental illness disproportionately, but are they living below the poverty line due to mental illness, or are they mentally […]