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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Behavioral Health

What You Need to Know About Adult ADHD

Many people think attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a childhood problem. The reality is, people with ADHD have it for life. In fact, some of the world’s most influential people — from CEOs to celebrities — have ADHD. Business moguls including JetBlue founder David Neeleman, Ikea founder Ingvar …

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Mind-Body-Spirit
Don't Let Negative Self-Talk Sabotage Your Health Goals

Don’t Let Negative Self-Talk Sabotage Your Health Goals

When it comes to healthy behaviors, how we think is just as important as what we do. Unfortunately, most of us engage in negative self-talk — berating ourselves for everything from our weight to our bank accounts. To make matters worse, we live in a glass-half-empty culture. Nothing is ever …

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Mental Health

Depression and How Your PCP Can Help

Up to 26 percent of Americans will be clinically depressed at some point during their lifetimes. When you throw other mental disorders into the mix, including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder, the number skyrockets to about 50 percent. “The number of people who are diagnosed with depression is …

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Understanding Your Health
Is it a Panic Attack or a Heart Attack?

Is it a Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

Any unusual sensation in the heart is frightening. Suddenly you feel an intense pressure on your chest, or you experience irregular heart palpitations. Maybe you even feel sweaty and dizzy, or suffer from shortness of breath. What is happening? Are you in the midst of a heart attack, or has …

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Raising Healthy Kids
The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

Some stress is simply unavoidable in modern life, even for children. Learning to successfully cope with stress is an important part of growing up. However, when stress becomes too extreme or goes on for an extended period of time, it forms what is known as “toxic stress response” in children. …

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Coping with Cancer
Overcoming Anxiety as a Cancer Survivor

Overcoming the Anxiety as a Cancer Survivor

From an initial diagnosis to treatments, recovery and beyond, cancer is an anxiety-filled journey from start to finish. And for many, that fear and anxiety doesn’t easily go away once a clean bill of health is received. “Once people are cancer-free, that anxiety doesn’t just stop,” says Michael Ryan, Psy.D, …

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Women's Health

Understanding Postpartum Depression

Having a baby is an exciting time, but it’s also fraught with shifting hormones, sleepless nights and increased demands on your time. Your sense of self may change, along with your body image, and you may be suffering from the physical consequences of childbirth. Add breastfeeding, managing a household, changing …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Is Your Child Depressed? How to Help

With rise of social media, children and adolescents face enormous pressure. Unlike previous generations, today’s youth can be heckled or bullied 24/7 in the virtual world. They also deal with schoolwork, family issues, social relationships and other potential daily stressors. And while your child might appear fine physically, he or …

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