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Beyond the baby blues: navigating postpartum depression myths

When a newborn is brought into the world, mothers often experience a floodgate of emotions: excitement, jitters, joy. But, the beautiful milestone of a birth may trigger other feelings for new moms: isolation, numbness, hopelessness. There is a deepening silence around these feelings and a generalized stigma surrounding a prevalent maternal mental illness called postpartum…
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Mental Health Month: the truth about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

Approximately 1 in 5 adults (46.6 million) in the U.S. will have experienced a mental illness during their lifetime. Globally, an estimated 300 million people are affected by depression alone. Mental disorders are among the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. If those statistics aren’t staggering enough, try this one…
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Stress, the “health epidemic of the 21st century”

Just how stressed are Americans? Enough to have an HBO documentary, One Nation Under Stress, that explores the connection between our increasingly stressed-out nation and the fall in U.S. life expectancy. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in 2017 noted life expectancy was the lowest it had been in a decade…
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HCA Healthcare stabilizes shaken community after 7.0 magnitude earthquake

We care like family at HCA Healthcare. So when our caregivers and communities are in need, HCA’s scale – 179 hospitals in 20 states and 1,800 other sites of care – allow us to be there for one another. That’s exactly what happened after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska on November 30, 2018, causing…
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‘Gaming disorder’ added as mental health condition. Here’s what you should know.

It’s official. Video game addiction, or “gaming,” has been added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) list of mental health conditions. The disorder was added last week to WHO’s disease classification manual, which identifies health trends. Audrey Nottke, director of nursing over behavioral health services at The Medical Center of Aurora, told the local Fox…
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Kate Spade’s death prompts education on suicide risks, signs and resources to help

American fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her home on Tuesday after an apparent suicide. She was 55 years old. Brian E. Wood, DO, a board-certified psychiatrist at HCA Healthcare’s LewisGale Medical Center, reacted to the news and shares the risk factors for suicide and what we can do to help our loved…
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