Melissa (Wheelock) Welby, MD Healthcare Guru

Dr. Melissa Welby is a psychiatrist that participates in people’s process of discovery, empowerment, and search for satisfaction and happiness. She treats a variety of illnesses including depression, anxiety & panic attacks, adult ADHD (Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders), bipolar disorder, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and borderline personality disorder. She is also the current president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Association.She completed her Internship & Residency at Cambridge Hospital, affiliate of Harvard Medical School, 2000 to 2004. Dr. Melissa Welby is Board Certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2005 to present. 

 

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The Trap of Black and White Thinking

Do you get stuck in black and white thinking and it is hard for you to see options other than all or nothing? Does rigid thinking cause you to live in extremes where it is "my way or the highway"? Black and white thinking, both at work and in relationships, is generally not a benefit that brings harmony. Are you aware of the downsides of dichotomous thinking in your life and how to change these patterns?

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3 Effective Depression Tips: How to Stay Motivated to Exercise

Exercise helps depression but can seem like an insurmountable hurdle when you aren't feeling well. Even people who aren't depressed struggle with getting themselves to work out. It is hard to start an exercise regimen but also hard to keep it up. Old habits can creep back in and slow down your progress. Learn how to overcome depression and stay motivated moving forward.

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Treating Insomnia Without​ Medication

Do your worries keep you awake at night? Restorative sleep is so important for our health yet is often sabotaged by anxiety. If you are a "sleep worrier" you may benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (abbreviated CBTi). CBT for insomnia is a targeted insomnia treatment that can have long-term benefit and doesn't require taking medication.

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Exercise and Depression: How to Get Started When You Want to Stay in Bed

In the last post about exercise and depression, I discussed the benefits of exercise on depression and why it is worth it to push yourself even when you have no energy. Exercise helps with overcoming depression but are you wondering how to get motivated when you are depressed?

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Treating Depression with Exercise

Exercise isn't just about physical fitness. It also benefits your mental health! Research supports the link between depression and exercise. Even 1 hour of exercise per week can be effective in helping you overcome depression. Learn how to increase your chance of success by treating depression with exercise and set yourself up for brighter days ahead. Get started and work to overcome depression today!

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The Best Resources for Anxiety

Want to learn additional ways to deal with anxiety? Don't spend any more time letting anxiety interfere with your quality of life. Get help if you need it. Here is a list of excellent self-help resources including some of the best anxiety books, websites, and apps available to target anxiety.

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4 Myths About Adult ADHD

ADHD myths can get in the way of people seeking treatment and contribute to the stigma against people with ADHD. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 4.4% of US adults have ADHD although less than 11% receive treatment. Myths and stigma play a role in the huge discrepancy between the number of people with ADHD and the number that receive treatment. ADHD can cause significant challenges in relationships, employment, and self-esteem for people who are not adequately treated.

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Physician Burnout: We All Lose

Despite loving my patients, I burned out. I chose my own quality of life over continuing to work with the chronically mentally ill population that I adored. This patient population is frequently shortchanged with their quality of care and I have joined the ranks of people failing them.

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5 Ways to Stop a Panic Attack

Panic attacks can be terrifying and life-altering if they are not controlled! Often they are so scary that every detail of someone's first attack becomes etched permanently in their mind. Unfortunately, it is too common for people to make major career and life decisions based upon the desire to avoid another attack.

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