Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?

Are antidepressant medications working?  There seems to be a growing trend of believers who think not.  Are you on an antidepressant?  If so, did you receive a proper evaluation?  Many people are prescribed with an antidepressant by a physician who does not properly evaluate the patient to rule out bipolar disorders, hypothyroid, hormonal imbalance, sleep disorders, heavy metal toxicity, and even anemia.  In most cases, people are prescribed with these meds with no plan to discontinue taking them….ever. Continue reading “Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?” »

Ruby the Hyper-Hypo

One of our dogs seems to have developed a bit of a weight problem.  Ruby, our 6 year old goldendoodle, was supposed to be “around 40 pounds” as an adult, or so the breeders said.  She tipped the scales at 77 pounds at Christmas and seemed to be getting bigger, despite the fact that I began running her.  Apparently, it didn’t work.  Last week in our back yard, my neighbor took one look at her and said, “My gosh, you’re a MOOSE!” Continue reading “Ruby the Hyper-Hypo” »

The Real Story on Chocolate and Depression

A new study has linked chocolate with depression once again.  The article merely tells us what our intuition already knew, and the fact that chocolate makes us feel better at some point in our lives isn’t exactly news.  But how does chocolate make us feel better?  Why?  What’s the reason we tend to crave chocolate more during PMS?  The article was so unbelievably incomplete that I felt compelled to provide additional information.

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Panic Attack, Hyperthyroid, or Hormonal Imbalance?

Most moms I know are a little anxious…..if they’re unmedicated, at least.  If you’ve been experiencing more anxiety than usual, panic attacks, or you’re constantly feeling “on edge,” there could be plenty of reasons for this.  Before you jump to the doctor for a quick Xanax prescription, be sure you’ve identified the real problem.Stress, Hypothyroidism, and Hormonal Imbalance:  Which One Is it?

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Alcohol Abuse or Sugar Addiction?

All of us know those moms who like to throw a few back.  Some of them openly have a few libations and the closet drinkers carry their own sippy cups around town.  Motherhood can certainly drive us to irrational behaviors, but it’s not the best idea to abuse alcohol.  Before you have your next 12 noon happy hour, take a look at this information.

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How To Be A Happy Mom

I was talking with one of my girlfriends yesterday, and she told me that most of her friends use antidepressant or anxiety medications.  I was amazed to hear that one of her friends uses both Cymbalta and Adderall, and is trying to discontinue using her Cymbalta.  Yikes.  We all know someone who uses this type of medication, but how many people really understand how these work and what we can do on our own to create similar changes in mood related neurotransmitters?

First, what are neurotransmitters?  Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers, and neurotransmission is the messaging process.  Think of a light switch with a dimmer.  With me?  Neurotransmission is to neurotransmitters what the light switch is to the dimmer on that light.  In other words, increasing your amount of neurotransmitter turns the dimmer up and brightens the room. Running dry on neurotransmitter levels is like sitting in a dim room.  Got it?

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