Mental Health

Depression

What You Don’t Know About Depression

If you’re diagnosed with depression, then chances are you can relate to any of the following: persistent distress, malaise, anxiety, inner agitation, fatigue, low libido, poor memory, irritability, insomnia, sense of hopelessness, and feeling overwhelmed and trapped but emotionally flat. You might wake up most mornings unmotivated and uninspired, and you drag yourself around all day waiting for it to end (or waiting for a drink). Maybe you feel a sense of dread or panic without knowing why.

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

There are those who embrace winter and those who have to brace themselves for it. Not only does the profusion of cold and snow tend to drag spirits down, but the lack of daylight really does a number on mood, often sending it to a dark place. Be it a slight case of the blues or full-on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the symptoms tend to leave people feeling fairly lousy, with some combination of exhaustion (despite oversleeping), carb cravings, feeling withdrawn, moody or blue.

Anxiety

6 Tips For Managing Anxiety Without Drugs

As a holistic psychiatrist practicing in New York City, I see a lot of anxiety. A lot. And I’m disheartened to see so many of my patients on loads of psychiatric medications that are not necessarily helping and may even be causing harm. Meanwhile, these highly medicated folks are still suffering from anxiety!

Birth Control Pill

That Naughty Little Pill

It was early in my actualization as a feminist-minded, righteous post-adolescent that I began to think of birth control as a woman’s right (who was anyone to tell me that I couldn’t assault my hormones with synthetic imposters). It would be years before I would consider the nuanced considerations of tacit permissiveness toward reckless unprotected sex, the wholesale delegation of contraception to the female counterpart, and the fundamental divorce of a woman from the very feedback systems that fire up her reproductive age vitality. These concerns would begin to color my perception of this gift from Pharma, well before I began to learn about functional biochemical concerns surrounding the metabolism of synthetic hormones.

Pregnancy and Depression

Undoing Depression and Anxiety in Pregnancy

For many women pregnancy is not a time of blissful navel-gazing. Almost 1 in 5 women will experience depression during or after pregnancy1. For some, a history of depression or anxiety and associated treatment has left them with questions and confusion when they are planning a pregnancy or find themselves in a fertile bind. Since we have shed so many of the mood-supporting aspects of our ancestral lifestyle – outdoor activity, food derived from it’s natural chain, community, sleep when it’s dark – it can take a lot of work to be well and avoid biochemical pitfalls. What are some of the options?