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Biologic Link Between Genes and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)

The NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health, released exciting news this week.  It’s about a study on genes and PMDD, and I will try to explain it to you as clearly as possible.  Dated January 3, 2017, the press release announced that NIH researchers have discovered a link between a reproductive hormone-related set of genes and PMDD, or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.  PMDD is a disabling mood disorder characterized by sadness, irritability, and anxiety that occurs[…]

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The World Lost Carrie Fisher Too Soon: Impact of Bipolar Disorder on Our Physical Health

The sudden death yesterday of Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, brought great sadness to the many lives she touched.  Carrie, and Leia, were known as feisty, courageous, formidable women and Carrie carried that bravely in her battle against bipolar disorder and recovering substance abuse.  She was a real-life advocate for mental illness and approached it with a wry sense of humor, something that comes through[…]

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Volunteer when depressed? The life you save may be your own!

Ugh you say, as you roll your eyes.  Don’t lecture me on what I should do!  But this isn’t a cliché or a holier-than-thou lecture on the benefits of volunteering your time.  It is my own personal experience of how volunteering helped get me, and now maybe you, through depression. How is this possible, you might wonder.  I can barely take care of myself, get off the couch, or think straight.  I couldn’t do something[…]

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