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.
Given the prevalence of herpes, and the constant turnover of
men in my life, I was always surprised I hadn’t met a potential mate who shared
my disease. Well I am thrilled to
say that it has finally happened, and I’m sure this has, or could, happen to many
others of you.
After a steamy night of making out and resisting the
temptation to indulge all of our desires, we spent the next day lounging in the
park, basking in the sun, and enjoying our new interest. Then, out of nowhere, he pushed back
and said, “So I think I should warn you…” and the wheels in my head started spinning…Uh
oh, lemme guess…you’re afraid of commitment? You’re an ex-convict? Drug addict? Until I saw
the look in his eyes, sensed his nervousness, and I knew he was about to
disclose an STD. “I have oral
herpes, so the more you kiss me, the more chances you have of catching
it.” What a r...
How time slips by. It's already March and I'm just now finishing scheduling the medical and dental appointments for my family. It's a good idea to check in with a physician on an annual basis to make sure that you're in the best of health, particularly if you have Genital Herpes. And for many of us who are generally healthy, an annual physical checkup is the best way to go. Here's a general checklist of what you need: Shots. Everyone hates them, but immunizations save lives. For adults, I usually recommend: A tetanus shot every 10 years Guardasil for women ages 12-26 An annual flu shot for everyone A shingles vaccine for adults over the age of 60 who haven't had the disease Pneumovax every 5-10 years for adults over the age of 65 or earlier if you have diabetes, heaert disease, asthma or any chronic disease. Blood pressure check. I think that everyone over the age of 20 should know their blood pressure. Annual screening isn't recommended unti...
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