Understanding Your Mental Health
Do Your Medication's Side Effects Include Depression? Young woman taking a pill with glass of water

Is Depression a Side Effect of Your Medication?

Nearly 60 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication daily. And about 200 commonly prescribed medications list depression as a possible side effect. So are the millions of Americans who take prescription medications inevitably sliding into depression? Not necessarily, says Opal Bacon, a clinical pharmacist at Henry Ford …

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Practing Self Care
The Downside of Social Media

The Downside of Social Media

Social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram were created to strengthen social ties and provide a sense of personal connection. But research increasingly shows extensive use of social media may actually decrease communication with family and friends while increasing feelings of loneliness, anxiety and depression. One of the problems with …

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Behaviorial Health
What to Know About Suicide

In the Wake of Tragedy: What to Know About Suicide

The apparent suicide death of New York designer and icon Kate Spade shows suicide is truly an illness that can affect anyone, says a Henry Ford Health System psychiatrist. New York City police told the New York Times Tuesday that Ms. Spade, 55, was discovered unresponsive at a Park Avenue …

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Coping Skills
How Coping with Grief Can Affect Your Brain

How Coping with Grief Can Affect Your Brain

You’ve probably heard the term “baby brain” to describe the mind-numbing fog that sets in when you bring a new baby home and you’re overwhelmed and under-slept. You may have also heard of “chemo brain,” where people who are going through cancer treatment have trouble concentrating as a reaction to …

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Understanding Addiction
Are You a "Weekend" Alcoholic?

Are You a “Weekend” Alcoholic?

After a long day at work or a stressful week, a drink or two at home or out with friends might sound like just what you need to regroup. But what happens when a casual drink on a Saturday night turns into a blur – or ends up being a …

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Staying In Tune With Your Teen
anxiety in teens

Anxiety in Teens: What Parents Need to Know

Anxiety is a normal response by the body when stress or danger looms. We’ve all been there – and can probably remember those anxiety-inducing situations that are very common in our teenage years. You walk into a class before an important test, and you feel your heart beat a little …

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Mind-Body-Spirit

5 Reasons Why Exercise Can Help Depression

It’s no secret that movement makes you feel better, especially when it’s cold, dark and dreary – whether that’s outside or in your mind. This time of year can be especially difficult for some people. Not only is it hard to drag yourself out of bed to exercise when the …

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Coping with Life Changes

Managing Good Stress (Yes, You Need To)

People most commonly associate stress with difficult times – death of a loved one, losing a job, receiving a devastating diagnosis. But it also occurs on the heels of a happy shift. In fact, many of the best times in life – starting a new job, getting married, welcoming a …

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Preventing Addiction
4 Things You Should Know Before Taking Your Opioid Prescription

6 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Your Opioid Prescription

Opioids are highly addictive drugs that act on the brain to alleviate pain. They include opioid medications that doctors prescribe to relieve pain after serious injury or surgery, as well as illicit drugs such as heroin. Examples of prescription opioids include oxycodone, morphine, codeine, fentanyl and hydrocodone (commonly known as …

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Stress and Anxiety
Advice for Coping After a Violent Tragedy

Advice for Coping After a Violent Tragedy

Dealing with tragedies – such as the recent shooting in Las Vegas – is a process, says a Henry Ford Health System psychologist who has worked with many patients exposed to shocking violence. Police estimate a lone gunman killed more than 50 people and injured more than 400 attending a …

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