I see it every week: A person who is sad, having difficulty functioning or concentrating, crying frequently. Some have anxiety, other feel achy all over, still others sleep too much or too little. Most say that they feel utterly alone. This is depression.
Depression affects around 19 million Americans at any one time. And treatment does help reduce symptoms and in most cases cause remission of the disease.
How to determine if the sad feelings are true depression or just the blues is a real clinical call that can be determined by a trained medical professional.
Most people know that depression causes a person to feel sad, empty or hopeless most every day. He or she may be anxious or moody. People with depression tend to lose interest in doing things they used to enjoy and have difficulty making decisions. Often a depressed person has an exaggerated sense of worthlessness or guilt. And most worrisome, a depressed person may wish themselves dead or make plans to harm themselves.
Getting off the Emotional Rollercoaster
When you were told that you had herpes , what was your reaction? Fear? Shock? Anger? Sadness? Or Resolution?
I’ve seen all of these reactions … and others.
The initial reaction to the news that you have herpes is often a major one, often involving involves many negative emotions.
Let’s face it, no one wants a lifelong disease, particularly one that unfortunately often carries significant stigma.
First, let’s deal with the chronic disease part of the equation. While it’s true that herpes is caused by a virus that can not currently be eradicated, it’s also true that the disease can be successfully managed – with medication and with lifestyle changes .
Historically, doctors did a lousy job teaching their patients how to cope with a chronic condition. For herpes patients, our answers were medication, safe sex and more medication.
Recently, I was introduced to a program that seeks to change that. It’s a six week set of seminars that...
Numerous questions come up regarding herpes and safe sex and specifically use of condoms. Here's a quick rundown on the dos and don'ts:
Many people are asymptomatic and don't even know that they have herpes so your rule should be to always use a condom with a new or current partner. Latex condoms are the best . Add a spermicidal to increase the effectiveness and protection. If you have herpes and experience genital pain, assume an outbreak is imminent and refrain from having sex (or if this applies to your partner, do not have sex with them). Do not have oral or traditional sex in the presence of lesions - a condom is not sufficient protection. Be aware that if active virus is present outside the area covered by the condom - you can transmit herpes or if you are using a condom and your genitalia come in contact with active herpes on the female genitalia, you can contract herpes.
If you are allergic to latex condoms , using lambskin condo...
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