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    Surprising Causes of Depression

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    Mental health is a really important issue right now.  So many people are suffering n numbers we have never seen before, particularly when it comes to depression. The stats say that approximately 16.2 million adults in the USA will have suffered a major depressive episode in the last year alone! That is a staggering amount of suffering!


    In order to effectively deal with depression and hopefully see an improvement in one’s symptoms, it is important to know what the root cause might be – if indeed there is one because some depression is purely chemical. This can be quite difficult to do because there are some very surprising causes of depression other than the common ones such as trauma, grief and money worries, for example, which may surprise you…




    Most people have heard of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD as it is more commonly known, but most of us associate it with becoming more depressed during the winter months when it is dark and cold. However, it is possible to suffer from SAD in the summer months too. It is thought that under 1 percent of people who suffer from SAD sufferin the summer, but if you find yourself feeling blue at this time of year, it may be something worth exploring.


    Thyroid Disease


    This is thankfully becoming more well-known, but many people are still surprised to hear that their depression could actually be being caused by thyroid disease rather than chemicals in the brain or some other purely mental cause.


    When the thyroid is not functioning correctly it can screw with your serotonin levels and this can make you feel very depressed indeed. If you are suffering from depression, it’s always worth checking whether you are experiencing any symptoms of hyperthyroidism too, and if so raising that as a concern with your physician.

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    Stomach Issues


    If you suffer from stomach issues and you have also suffered periods of depression, it may be worth seeing a good gastroenterologist because many studies have shown a link between gut flora and depression. The way you eat and the bacteria that can be found in your stomach can have a real impact on how you feel because the gut and the brain are very tightly linked indeed. It’s also a good reason to clean up your diet and eat primarily wholefoods, as well as plenty of probiotics, if you can.


    Birth Control


    Again, this is more well-known than it once was, but a lot of ladies still do not realize that their choice of birth control could be affecting their moods and their health in a negative way. If you take hormonal contraceptives, some of those hormones could cause an imbalance in yur body which could lead to mood swings, depression and anxiety amongst other things. If you’ve noticed a change in your mood after starting birth control, talk to your gynecologist about changing to a different medication, It may be all you need to do to feel well again.


    Depression has many causes and it may take a while for you to find out which one(s) are applicable to you, but there is help out there, so seek it!



    5 Preparation Steps When Attempting To Make A Positive Life Change

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    The decision to make a positive change in your life is always momentous. You have, after much reflection, decided that something you are currently doing is negatively impacting your overall health or well-being. Now, it’s time to say goodbye. Whether it’s quitting smoking, making more time to relax, or starting an exercise regime, you’re confident that you’ve made a decision that is going to greatly benefit you in the future.


    Unfortunately, countless people decide to make a change, but relatively few then follow through and achieve a change that is built to last – despite the best of intentions, the change doesn’t quite “stick”. If you intend to make a positive life change in future, you can hopefully avoid a misfire, and ensure that your change is a permanent one by following the preparatory steps listed below…


    Step #1: Tell people you’re intending to make a change


    In fact, tell as many people as you possibly can – friends, family members, medical professionals, even acquaintances. The more people you inform of your decision, the higher the number of opportunities for support.


    Step #2: Check your change is safe


    If you’re intending to make a small positive change – such as getting up earlier in the morning – then you can usually skip this step. However, if you’re intending to make a change related to your health – such as quitting smoking, exercising more, or radically changing your diet – then a chat with a medical professional is generally advisable. Not only will your doctor be able to confirm your intended change is positive, but they may also be able to provide you with a few tips that can ease the process.


    Step #3: Do your research


    Ideally, look for accounts written by those who have successfully completed the change you are attempting, looking to pick up tips that you may find useful to your own experience.


    Step #4: Look for ways to make the change easier to deal with


    No matter how enthused you are about any significant life change, there will be a time in the not-too-distant future where your enthusiasm will inevitably wane. As a result, it’s helpful to look to see if there is anything you can do to make adhering to the change as simple as possible. If you’re quitting smoking, you could opt to buy an e-cigarette and vape packs in an effort to control cravings; if you’re hoping to exercise more, invest in at-home gym equipment; if you’re looking to eat more healthily, see if you can bulk buy ingredients to save you the hassle of shopping – and so on.


    Step #5: Set your date


    Often, people are told that if they want to make a change, they should make it today – but, at best, the results of a sudden change can be unpredictable. It is usually best to schedule your change a few days in advance, so you can be fully mentally prepared when the big day finally arrives.


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    If you follow the preparation steps as listed above, you should find that your positive life change will “stick”, and you will thus be able to enjoy the benefits for many years to come.


    Enabling Your Children To Trust Healthcare Professionals



    Healthcare professionals can sometimes be quite worrying for a child to interface with. It can often be that the clinical environments they are often found in, the fact that they’ll likely only see these individuals when feeling poorly or undergoing a necessary check-up, or the fact that they are a complete stranger can sometimes make a child absolutely hate the idea of going to the Doctor or the Dentist. It’s a shame this is the case, because these are often the most trustworthy individuals around to ensure your child lives the best life they could be.


    However, we all know how the mind of a child works. It takes one unhappy injection or perhaps a dentist accidentally and harmlessly tapping the mirror on a child’s teeth in a way they don’t like for the entire process to seem akin to taking Garfield to the vet on a Monday.


    However, enabling your children to trust healthcare professionals is essential. They will need to throughout the course of their life, so working on this fear is important. You can do so in the following ways:


    Speak Their Name


    Speaking their name in a positive tone is the first step. Speaking of them as a trusted friend, someone you respect and are also looking forward to see can take the sting out of the actual context of their visit. Never use a visit to the Doctors or Dentists as a threat if they don’t eat their meal or brush their teeth. Speak of them as if they have healing powers your child needs. When children understand as they can that the healthcare professional only has their best interests at heart, they will be more open to heading to the appointment with you.


    Reward For The Challenge


    Not all healthcare professional visits are pleasant, but that’s not the fault of the professional giving you or your child the aid. A set of injections aren’t always pleasant, and dental work can sometimes be sore and painful. Reward your child for the challenge of going if possible, and approved by your Doctor. You might take them for ice cream, or rent a movie they want to see, or play with them on your games console health permitting. A little reward goes a long way to help the entire day remain remembered as a worthwhile one.


    Choose Child-Friendly Services


    It’s important to visit child-friendly services, and visit Doctors you are happy to see. For example, a pediatric dentist kids dentist often have a range of tips and tricks and a generally pleasant demeanor in order to build that trust in your child effectively. They know what they’re doing, and often choose pediatric care because they have great care for children and their health. Don’t be afraid to switch Doctors or Dentists depending on who your child cares for most, but also be aware that building a relationship with a trusted practitioner can help your child feel much less worried over the years.


    With these tips, you’re sure to enable your children to trust the healthcare professionals they might need. Not only that, but you’ll make both parent and practitioners appointment experience much more pleasant to deal with, so there are some selfish benefits for the both of you too.


    How To Help Elderly Relatives Age Healthily

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    To get the most out of life, you need to live it healthily. You need to eat the right foods, spend time with friends, find time to exercise, and much more. Unfortunately, as you grow older, this can become a little more difficult. Despite what many believe, growing old doesn’t have to mean growing unhealthy. However, if your elderly relatives are to stay happy and in shape, they may need your help. With that in mind, here are six ways you can support your aging loved ones.


    1. Make Helpful Home Upgrades

    Whether your elderly relative lives with you, their partner, or alone, you need to ensure that their home is equipped for their needs. This might mean making certain home upgrades and adjustments to their property. From installing safety features to adding an accessible shower room, these changes can do a world of good, saving your loved one from potential injury.


    1. Maintain Their Healthy Diet

    Good nutrition is crucial for older adults, especially those with dementia or diseases. Unfortunately, your loved one simply may not have the energy or focus to stand around and prepare healthy meals each day. Thankfully, there are things that you can do to remedy this. Many opt for a meal delivery service allowing their loved one to eat without any of the work.


    1. Find The Right Support

    When your elderly loved one start to struggle with their health, they may benefit from some professional support. Organizations, like Peace Hospice, are invaluable in the final few months of life. You can learn more from their hospice literature about services they provide. If you’re not at this point yet, there are lots of other options, from sheltered housing to live-in home care.


    1. Attend Important Preventive Checks

    Annual checkups are vital at any stage in life but are especially important as you grow older and become more at risk of certain health conditions. However, many older people try to avoid these important preventative checks, which means that you may need to step in. Instead of assuming your relative will go alone, ask when their appointments are and go along with them.


    1. Improve Their Social Life

    Mental health is just as important as physical. Unfortunately, many elderly individuals’ mental health starts to suffer as a result of boredom and loneliness. To help your loved one lead a well-balanced life, you should encourage them to go out and meet new friends. You should also remember to visit them regularly and invite them to any family events there may be.


    1. Ease Their Mobility Struggles

    Of course, if your aging relative struggles with their mobility, they may find it difficult to get out of the house. With that in mind, you should help them to look into possible solutions for this issue. There are plenty of options to consider, such as walking frames or scooters. Whatever you decide, they have some freedom back and will feel much happier as a result.


    Growing old doesn’t need to mean growing unhealthy, so keep your aging loved ones in tip-top condition by following the advice above.


    Health Checks to Book In for the New Year

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    There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to get yourself into better habits. Stepping into 2019 will be like opening a fresh blank page on a new chapter in the book of your life story! It also makes keeping track of progress easier, as you know that your good behaviour will date back to the first day of the first month of the year! This is why so many people come up with New Year’s Resolutions at this time. Now, rather than sticking to the traditional resolutions such as hitting the gym more or quitting a bad habit (or even better, alongside doing these things), why don’t you make your resolution to book in and keep up with regular recommended health checks. So many of us either fail to book appointments in. Even more of us book appointments in with good intentions, but don’t end up actually attending. Here are just a few to consider and stick to throughout 2019!


    Eye Tests


    You should have your eyes checked once every two years, but there’s no harm in checking in on an annual basis, especially as you get a little older. Booking in with an optometrist allows a professional to survey the overall health of your eye from front to back. They can also carry out tests which will determine whether your vision is up to scratch and whether you are becoming a little short sighted or a little long sighted. If any problems are identified, an appropriate course of treatment can be carried out, or your optometrist will be able to write out a prescription that will help to correct your vision.




    Breast imaging, such as that carried out by Consulting Radiologists, Ltd, is a process that uses low-dose X-ray to identify abnormalities or issues with breast tissue. If you are any age, you can request screening privately. This is especially recommended if you have a family history of breast cancer or other illnesses, or if you notice changes in your breast tissue, such as lumps, new moles, or other changes in the texture of your skin and breasts. If you are aged between forty and forty four, you can request checks as a part of your usual healthcare checkup. If you are aged between forty five and fifty five, you should be booking in for an annual screening. The process is simple and you will be guided through each step.


    Dental Check Ups


    Dental checkups should really be an annual part of your routine. They allow your dentist to take a look around the inside of your mouth, checking your teeth, gums, and tongue. They can take note of any cavities or other problems and can book you in for subsequent relevant treatment. They can also conduct a scale and polish, which will leave your pearly whites shining bright!


    These are just a few checks that you may need to book in throughout the new year. Stick to them and you’ll be in much better condition in the long run!