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The Side Effect of Menopause You Might Not Expect

Posted 9/25/2014 by UHBlog

Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Menopause can cause women to experience a host of unpleasant symptoms. But there is one in particular that can last longer than a hot flash, feel worse than a mood swing and be far more dangerous than night sweats: depression. Psychiatrist Sarah Nagle-Yang, MD, explains why it happens – and how to treat it. Q. What are some of the feelings a woman might go through during menopause? A. Each woman’s experience is different. Some women experien...

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8 Simple Habits for Stress Relief at Work

Posted 9/24/2014 by rgriffith

The landscape of the American workplace has changed significantly over the previous decades. Gone are the days of endless job openings and the 40-hour workweek. The new norm is hustling 50 or even 60 hours a week to hold on to your position – plus the assumption that you are available 24/7 via email and phone. “There’s no limit to what is expected these days,” says stress resilience specialist Heidi M Weiker, MSSA, “and we think it’s normal to feel stressed...

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Is It Mood Swings – or Bipolar Disorder?

Posted 9/22/2014 by UHBlog

You started your Saturday morning with a hot cup of coffee, the newspaper on your lap and an optimistic outlook on the day. By midday, however, your sense of calm flipped a switch, and you snapped at your best friend, the waitress and the guy blocking the exit – all within an hour. You were grumpy and sluggish at dinner, but by bedtime managed to dissolve into giggles over a funny movie. When you wake up the next day, you start to worry – are these moody days a sign of something wors...

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Your Stress-Free Guide to Car Trips with Kids

Posted 7/11/2014 by UHBlog

Where is your road trip going this summer: a national park, a lake resort or maybe even the ocean? No matter the vacation destination, there is one thing all family road trips have in common: a high risk for a case of the “are-we-there-yets.” “Vacations are stressful for everyone,” says child psychologist Carolyn Ievers-Landis, PhD, CBSM, “so everyone is not necessarily on their best behavior.” De-stress the ride for your kids and yourself with a few simple ta...

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Depression and Suicide, Gender and Age – What You Need to Know

Posted 5/19/2014 by UHBlog

Emotions like sorrow, grief and moodiness are part of life. But when sadness consumes someone on a daily basis like an unwelcome, unrelenting companion, it may be depression. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from clinical depression. This condition is treatable through methods such as medication and talk therapy, but unfortunately many people don’t seek treatment. Some believe emotions are not a medical concern. Others ar...

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8 Ideas to Make Your Commute More Relaxing

Posted 4/10/2014 by UHBlog

Your daily commute may be the least pleasant time of your day. Delayed trains, traffic jams, bad weather – it’s not the ideal atmosphere in which to begin your day. But rather than giving in to grouchiness, look for ways to make your commute something you can look forward to. 1. Unplug Turn it off – all of it. The phone, the radio, even your digital watch. You can’t silence the horns and engines around you, but you can make your immediate space feel quiet, meditative and ...

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3 Best Apps for De-Stressing During the Day

Posted 2/24/2014 by UHBlog

“Stress is not the enemy,” says Francoise Adan, MD. Rather, “our reaction to stress is.” In a world that seems full of never-ending sources of stress, it’s crucial to know how to respond to the good (a promotion at work), the bad (an unexpected car repair) and the ugly (a major health concern). Dr. Adan explains that our instinctual reaction to stress is the classic flee-or-fight response. “We become doers, not thinkers. Fear is paralyzing our thinking and cr...

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