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A Review of Antidepressant Side Effects: From Common Nuisance to Dangerous

One of the most frequent reasons people decide to stop taking their antidepressant medication is because they experience side effects. Sometimes side effects of antidepressants are quite minor and time-limited, however, if a person isn’t prepared for the possibility of side effects they may take this as a sign they can’t tolerate the antidepressant. It is important to be educated and know the potentials. This article will discuss common antidepressant side effects, and differentiate between the ones that will go away from those that will last for the duration of time on the medication. I will also review 4 dangerous antidepressant medication side effects that, although uncommon, are important to know about.

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Meat Eating and Your Health: Is There, Really, News?

The Annals of Internal Medicine has just published a cluster of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, all in the same issue, on the topic of eating meat and processed meat. All of these research papers show, consistently and with statistical significance, harms of eating more rather than less meat and processed meat. The specific harms these papers tabulate (see Table 1) include all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Eating more meat and processed meat contribute to all of these- so say these research papers just out in the Annals, and sure to dominate the health news for some time (and likely doing so already).

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3 Simple Things to begin to Tune In to Your Healthiest Self

1. Drink more water. Our bodies are approximately 65% water. Water intake is a significant contributor to our overall health. It keeps us hydrated, reduces cravings, and cleanses our body. The optimal amount of daily water for an individual is half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs., you should drink at least 75 oz. of water a day. You can alkalize your water, making it even more beneficial, by adding lemon or lime. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning aids digestion and assists weight loss. Another alkalizing aid is 1-2 tsp. of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in 8 oz. of room temperature water. You can even add fresh herbs, cucumber slices, citrus, apple slices, or other fruit to infuse your water with a little flavor. Enjoy & drink up!

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Detox - Getting Started

Detoxing results in increased energy and improved digestion. It helps give our digestive system a rest and clears out toxins from our system that make us feel sluggish.

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Akathesia: A Tortured Restlessness

There are particular side effects from medicine that physicians want to know right away if you have. Akathesia is one of them. Akathesia is a sensation of inner restlessness so bad that it can actually increase the risk of suicide. People suffering from it are unable to sit still and often describe it as a creepy-crawly sensation inside of them. Akathesia treatment usually works pretty quickly. Let’s go over what is akathesia to be sure you can recognize it in the unfortunate chance that you or someone you know experiences it.

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Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion Hyponatremia & Symptoms

Hyponatremia means a low amount of sodium in the blood. This may sound like a good thing since doctors are frequently telling people to limit salt intake, but in this case, the low sodium isn’t healthy and in fact, can be extremely dangerous. Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) is one of the conditions that leads to hyponatremia. SIADH symptoms can be induced by many different medications prescribed for psychiatric conditions, including antidepressants and mood-stabilizers. What is SIADH hyponatremia? Let’s review what it means, the causes of SIADH, and the details of the symptoms SIADH causes so you know what to watch for.

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How to Stop Ruminating: Ruminative Thinking Doesn’t Solve Problems

Do you get a thought stuck in your head and then can’t stop thinking, analyzing, and worrying about it? Are these thoughts negative and focused on possible mistakes you have made? Do you let problems eat away at you? These are examples of ruminating thoughts. Ruminative thinking is not problem-solving that is productive, it is the tendency to repetitively think about situations that are upsetting. Figure out how to stop ruminating by first learning the rumination definition to recognize them when they are occurring.