Understanding Your Mental Health
Hangxiety: The connection between alcohol and anxiety

Hangxiety: The Link Between Anxiety and Alcohol

Drink long enough — or hard enough — and you’re probably familiar with the dreadful feeling that comes the morning after a night of over-imbibing. Maybe you try to replay the evening’s conversations in your mind or scroll through text messages to make sure you didn’t send something you regret. …

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Addiction Help
Is Someone You Love Using Meth? How to Talk About It

Is Someone You Love Using Meth? How to Talk About It

Methamphetamine use has been eclipsed in the media by the ever-growing opioid epidemic, giving the false impression that meth use has declined. But the unfortunate reality is, meth use is still prevalent across the United States. Once used primarily by people in rural or lower income areas, meth is causing …

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Understanding Your Mental Health
Is it Depression? Your Questions Answered

Is It Depression? Your Questions Answered

Depression affects an estimated 15 million American adults — many of whom suffer in silence. “Everyone has a down day now and then, but if a depressed mood lasts for at least two weeks and is accompanied by a number of other symptoms, you may have the most common form …

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Mental Health
Journaling: The Healing Power of the Pen

Journaling: The Healing Power of the Pen

For decades, authors, poets and writers of all kinds have touted the art of writing as a method of healing. Writing allows you to process your own story and share challenging thoughts on the page that you don’t want to speak aloud. And although you may have heard friends or …

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Understanding Addiction
Can you be addicted to video games?

Can You Be Addicted To Video Games?

Whether on your phone, tablet or TV, video games are a powerful draw for adults and kids alike — so powerful, in fact, that gaming can turn into an addiction. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared video game addiction, or “gaming disorder,” a new mental health condition in the …

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Staying Connected
How to Spot Depression in a Loved One

How to Spot Depression in a Loved One

If you live far away from friends and family, the holidays may be the only time of year when you connect with your loved ones in the same physical space. “Holiday celebrations may offer a unique opportunity to really assess how your loved ones are doing,” says Shazia Qamar, M.D., …

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Mental Health
Coping with a Loss from Suicide

Coping with a Loss From Suicide

Newscasters and viewers of Fox 2 Detroit are reeling after the apparent suicide of meteorologist Jessica Starr, leading many to question how an apparently successful, bubbly wife and mother of two could take her own life. “We have no answers,” said Fox 2 morning host Deena Centofanti, not long after …

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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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