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    Through the Skin for the Win: Dr. Dalthorp Discusses HRT

    As a reproductive psychiatrist, much of my job is to help patients find a balance between the risks and benefits of treatment options for hormone related mood disorders. Reproductive events such as puberty, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and the transition to menopause greatly increase the risk of depression and anxiety disorders. Patients may view hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as “natural” and as such, harmless.   Read More...

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    Practicing Intimacy: Have you "lost that lovin’ feeling"?

    Here’s the thing: I am 40-something, married to the same guy for 20 years, mommy to a 9-year old, working a couple of part-time jobs, and helping my husband care for his elderly grandparents. My idea of the perfect date night includes tacos (thank you Baby Jesus for Uber Eats), stretchy pants, a glass of Franzia, a good book, and bed by 9:00 pm. Oh, and to be left completely alone.   Read More...

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    Does Winter Make You SAD?

    It’s cold and gloomy outside and there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee and carbs in the world to help me shake this nagging wintery funk.My energy is low, my weight is up, and please don’t ask me to go anywhere that requires “real” pants. I am pretty sure I am experiencing the Winter Blues and it doesn’t help that the savviest salesperson I know in the brown vest and pig tails is currently offering online cookie orders -yes, THOSE cookies - and delivery (you ...  Read More...

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    Is it possible to prevent depression with exercise? (Here's a hint: Yes!)

    Researchers say preventing depression is possible with only one hour of exercise a week. And yes, a leisurely walk around your neighbor counts!Recent research findings provide significant evidence that exercising one hour per week can help prevent depression. Medical professionals have known for some time that exercise can help treat depression, but this study is the first to show how physical activity can help prevent it from occurring.   Read More...

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    Holiday Stress: Conversations, Emotional Triggers, & Expectations

    It’s hard not to wonder what the holidays were like for the humorist Victor Borge when he said, “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.”Perhaps family gatherings produced feelings of anxiety rather than comfort and joy? Or maybe there were intense expectations surrounding adhering to traditions: it’s just not Christmas unless I make Grandma Flo’s 22-ingredient cheese log!   Read More...

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    Grief, the Holidays, and Ways to Cope

    Let’s be frank, the holidays are hard, especially if you are grieving the loss of a loved one.For many, the holidays are a time spent with family and friends, sharing meals, and creating special moments and memories. The hustle, bustle and celebrations are difficult to manage and might even feel a little offensive. How can you possibly celebrate the joy of togetherness when your loved one is not with you?  Holiday details may serve to remind you of what you don’t have and the absence o...  Read More...

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