Because of the rise of skin cancer and increasing concerns about the effects of aging on physical appearance, more and more people are avoiding the sun. Almost everyone has heard the dire warnings about how a single instance of sunburn exponentially increases your chances of getting skin cancer, and how a few sessions in a tanning bed can cause you to age way before your time. Staying out of the sunlight, though, may not always be a good strategy for your mental health, and getting small daily doses of sunlight may improve overall happiness.
At the heart of most people's relationship insecurities is a fear of infidelity. The dishonesty and betrayal can be too much to bear, and a significant portion of marriages end when infidelity is revealed. Infidelity, however, remains common. Slightly under half of men and women admit to at least one instance of unfaithfulness. Infidelity is so common that some marriage and sex experts have argued in favor of loosening the rules. Sex columnist Dan Savage, for example, argues that monogamy shouldn't be a marital deal breaker and that couples should be flexible with their approach to monogamy. The reasons people cheat are as diverse and varied as people themselves, but some common themes run through most infidelity stories.
When you've spent weeks, months, or even years in a state of depression or anxiety, medication can feel like the silver bullet that will knock out all of your problems. But medication decisions in psychiatry are an art as much as they are a science, and what works for one person won't necessarily work for another person. Your doctor might switch your medication, add another medication, or even recommend nutritional changes. If you think your medication might not be working, talk with your psychiatrist and carefully weigh your options.
Anyone who has ever watched a medical drama knows that childbirth can be scary. For most women, though, the fear associated with childbirth diminishes as soon as the baby is born and the pain is gone. Some women even refer to “birth amnesia”: the tendency to forget the pain and stress of childbirth after it's over. But not all women are so lucky. For a few, the trauma of birth can be difficult and lasting, leaving a new mom with symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
Depression can quickly sneak into your brain, chemically turning off previous sources of joy and wonder. Depression cruelly convinces those who experience it that their pain is not really due to depression and that it will never go away. Consequently, it can take months for a person experiencing depression to seek treatment, and depression can be quite severe by that time. Relief can be surprisingly quick for many people, usually with a combination of the right medication and effective therapy. Others, however, have a form of depression called treatment-resistant depression, which is not easily treated with traditional approaches.