February 12, 2015
Michael M. Siegel, MD
Exercise / Nutrition / Physical Health / Stress
February is Heart Health Month. Many people don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is more deadly than...
February is Heart Health Month. Many people don’t realize that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is more deadly than any form of cancer. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce the risks of heart disease by keeping your heart healthy. Here are a few examples of steps you can take to lower your risk of heart disease.
Remember to take it one step at a time and don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. If you are unsure on how to maintain a healthy weight or follow any of these tips, contact your doctor so you can figure out the best plan for you. Even if you think you are at a healthy weight, it’s a good idea to visit your health care professional at least once a year for a checkup. For additional tips and information about American Heart Month, visit the CDC.
February 04, 2015
Martin Portillo, MD-FACP
Everyone feels depressed now and then. Feeling sad or becoming withdrawn for short periods of time is normal. However, when blue moods hang on for weeks and interfere...
Everyone feels depressed now and then. Feeling sad or becoming withdrawn for short periods of time is normal. However, when blue moods hang on for weeks and interfere with your daily life, it might be a sign of what is called Major Depressive Disorder. Those suffering from Major Depressive Disorder feel unhappy, down, or blue nearly every day for at least two weeks. They lose interest in activities and people they used to enjoy. Other symptoms, which might include sleep problems, changes in appetite, trouble concentrating, or lack of energy. To take good care of yourself, you need to know when you need help and how to get it. Effective treatment for Major Depressive Disorder is available. Many people take medication, get psychotherapy, or use both of these to help manage depression.
Self-Help TechniquesThe following activities can help you cope with mild depression: (moderate levels of depression warrant professional treatment, as in the proposed Adolescent Depression Management measure).
If you feel unable to handle your depression, contact your health care practitioner. Together you can decide on the best course of action for you. You may be referred to a mental health care specialist or prescribed medication to help relieve symptoms.