Rachel Chasse

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Why I Plan to Get Pregnant on Anti-Anxiety Meds

The drugs seemed less dangerous than growing a fetus steeped in cortisol and adrenaline.<p>Six weeks after I went off my medication, the terror at night set in. Not night terrors, which would have required that I had gotten some sleep, but the feeling that I had been given a shot of adrenaline. I …


14 Ways to Chill the Eff Out Without Using Meditation

Sitting quietly isn't the only thing that helps you calm down.<p>Sure, meditation chills you out, alleviates pain, improves your mood, plus helps you think clearer and sleep better. But it's not for everyone. If sitting quietly with your eyes closed just isn't your thing, here are 14 other ways you …


6 sleep problems that crop up after age 50

For the first time last year, older adults got their very own personalized sleep recommendations. The National Sleep Foundation concluded, after reviewing the scientific research on sleep duration, that adults 65 and up should aim for 7 to 8 hours a night, compared to adults 26 to 64, who should …

Science can help explain why too little sleep makes us so emotional

If you’ve ever tossed and turned at 3am, you can probably attest to the fact that sleepless nights lead to bad mornings. Every minor mishap seems to set you off. You might snap at your spouse for forgetting to buy coffee filters, respond brusquely to a well-meaning co-worker, or blink back hot …

Emotional Intelligence

Psychedelic compounds could treat patients with mental health issues

Mental Health

Studies Show Sleep Deprivation Performance Is Similar to Being Under the Influence of Alcohol

<i>Didn't get sleep for 17 hours? You might as well be drunk.</i><p>If you're a student, you know finals are looming over the skies and the forecast calls for endless all-nighters. For those lucky enough to be in the "real world," tomorrow will be just another day where most of us sacrifice sleep for getting …

POWs in Solitary May Have Tapped Unused Parts of Their Brains

Dennis S. Charney, MD, is the Dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and he’s been thinking about the brain, specifically how <b>we don’t normally</b> …

Sleep Deprivation Hits Employers' in the Wallet

Whether stress, daylight savings or technology is the culprit, America’s zombie-like state due to lack of sleep is costing America’s companies about …


Sleep-deprived Canadians risking serious long-term health problems: scientists

Scientists have some advice for sleep-deprived Canadians: wake up – and go to bed.<p>Surveys show millions of us don’t get the recommended eight hours …


How Your Anxiety Affects This Other Chronic Condition

Women are more likely to have the <i>extremely fun</i> experience of dealing with stomach and gut conditions, though experts don't quite know why. But …

Part 8 of 15 - Optimizing ADHD Treatment - The Impact of Comorbidity

How to diagnose ADHD and comorbidity in adulthood?

How Should Clinicians Discuss the Side Effects of Medications?

While studying for a certification exam, I came across a question that stayed with me well after taking the practice test. The case discussed a patient who was prescribed antibiotics by his physician for a presumed bacterial illness and then returned the following week with an antibiotic-associated …

5 Myths About Medical Marijuana

<i>This article was originally published on July 21, 2015.</i><p>At this point, marijuana is legal for medical use in nearly half of the country. But David …


Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women | Alyson McGregor | TED Talks

Antidepressant Medication Side-Effects: From Serious to Bothersome

Are Your Bipolar Medication Side-Effects Worth Tolerating?

Bipolar Medication: Lithium

ADHD Medication Side Effects

Anxiety Meds Valium, Xanax And Ativan May Not Lead To Dementia After All

The connection between benzodiazepines and dementia has not been especially clear in recent years. Last year, a widely publicized study again found that benzodiazepines–Ativan, Valium, and Xanax–which are often used to treat anxiety and sleep problems, were linked to increased risk for Alzheimer’s …


Better sleep may be the key to treating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness—a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders. With millions of people suffering from such conditions, it is crucial that we find ways to improve diagnosis …

Mental Health

This Is How Sleep Affects Your Anxiety Levels

Altering your sleep patterns might help reduce your anxiety. That's the consensus of researchers Jacob Nota and Meredith Coles at Binghampton University in New York.<p>Of 100 people polled, those who went to bed later and slept for shorter periods had the most severe symptoms of worry and negative …