By: Joe Graedon January 10, 2022 4 Comments
    Can You Deal with Depression and Manage Anxiety?

    For more than two years now, all of us have had to deal with major disruptions in our lives. Coronavirus changed the way we live almost overnight. What's more, every time we've thought it might be com…

    By: Joe Graedon January 3, 2022 248 Comments
    How To Stop Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Without Withdr…

    Based on what we hear from readers of our syndicated newspaper column and visitors to this website, most patients are not warned about how to stop duloxetine (Cymbalta). Perhaps the prescriber assumes…

    By: Joe Graedon November 18, 2021 26 Comments
    Long Covid Is Common and Scary!

    Some people continue to maintain that COVID-19 is no big deal. With over 47 million cases confirmed in the US and more than 768,000 deaths, this disease is a very big deal. Global deaths from COVID ha…

    By: Terry Graedon September 9, 2021 3 Comments
    Show 1271: New Approaches to Managing Depression

    For many months now, people have been dealing with the pandemic, Which has brought both grief for the lives lost and anxiety about the threat of infection. At the same time, fires and floods have made…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2021 0 Comments
    Do Lonely Older People Take More and Riskier Dru…

    Doctors write a lot of prescriptions for anti-anxiety agents, pain medicine, sleeping pills and antidepressants. The last time we checked, 22 million Americans were filling more than 100 million presc…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2021 1 Comments
    Show 1262: How to Manage Your Anxiety

    More than a year of living through a pandemic has really increased anxiety for a lot of people. If we define anxiety as worry or unease about an imminent event with an uncertain outcome, it’s easy t…

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2021 4 Comments
    Show 1260: The Pros and Cons of Online Therapy D…

    Last year, just when more people than ever needed the help of a therapist, stay-at-home restrictions made it difficult or impossible to get face-to-face counseling. Moreover, most therapists were comp…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2021 1 Comments
    Show 1248: How to Keep Moving and Feel Better Du…

    COVID-19 restrictions have interfered with the way many of us exercise. Yet the benefits of moving, for both our physical and mental health, are more important than ever. How can we keep moving to fee…

    By: Terry Graedon December 3, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1238: How Is COVID-19 Affecting Mental Heal…

    These are stressful times. Many people are grieving the death of a loved one, while others are struggling with working or studying from home. Being separated from loved ones can be emotionally drainin…

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1237: Improving Your Mood With Food

    Working from home during the pandemic has wrought havoc with a lot of healthy eating habits. It’s harder to shop safely, and minimizing time in the grocery store may mean people have stocked up on s…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2020 27 Comments
    Zolpidem for Insomnia | COVID-Related Anxiety

    Under the best of conditions, tens of millions of people have trouble getting a decent night’s sleep. These days, though, it’s harder than ever. News about the coronavirus is nonstop. People have …

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2020 1 Comments
    COVID-19 Is Making People Anxious and Depressed

    Not surprisingly, the pandemic that has many people trapped in their homes and others putting their lives on the line as they do essential work has affected mental health as well as physical health. C…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Co…

    Schools are closed and kids are home so that they don’t catch COVID-19 and spread it to family members. Of course, parents don’t want their children to get sick, either. How are we keeping kids he…

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2020 20 Comments
    Is There a Downside to Ashwagandha?

    Have you been looking for natural ways to get some sleep? That is certainly understandable. When you are worrying about family members and friends, you may not be able to sleep well. Some herbs could …

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1204: How Brain Function Affects Mental Ill…

    Mental health problems cause widespread disability in today’s world. Large numbers of people suffer with depression or severe anxiety. While these ailments are real, we may not be considering their …

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2020 11 Comments
    How Can You Overcome a Fear of Public Speaking?

    Some people are afraid of spiders, while others are terrified of heights. One of the most common phobias appears to be a fear of public speaking. Nonetheless, people often need to speak up in a gather…

    By: Terry Graedon January 30, 2020 6 Comments
    Do Psychological Benefits from Psilocybin Last?

    Several years ago, scientists at New York University Langone Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University reported on an extraordinary pilot study. Both research groups reported that cancer patients co…

    By: Terry Graedon November 7, 2019 0 Comments
    Can You Fight Depression by Eating the Mediterra…

    Epidemiologists have long known that people who eat a lot of junk food are more vulnerable to depression. Australian researchers have just conducted a study to see whether improving diet also improves…

    By: Joe Graedon October 10, 2019 14 Comments
    Clonazepam Withdrawal | Safe Sedative or Poison?

    Klonopin (clonazepam) was first marketed by the Hoffman La Roche pharmaceutical company in 1975. Roche had already cleaned up with this benzodiazepine class of medications. Librium (chlordiazepoxide) …

    By: Terry Graedon September 12, 2019 6 Comments
    Show 1180: How to Eat to Nourish Your Brain

    You know your body needs food to fuel it. You’ve probably thought about whether you should be eating more fat or less, how much protein you might need and if you are getting enough vegetables and fr…

    By: Terry Graedon August 1, 2019 1 Comments
    Can Resveratrol Help Ease Stress, Anxiety and De…

    Scientists have been investigating resveratrol, a compound found in grapes, berries, peanuts, cacao beans, knotweed and many other plants for about four decades. They have discovered that this polyphe…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2019 22 Comments
    Benzodiazepine Dependence | A Hard Habit to Kick

    When most people hear the words “drug abuse” they think of opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone or heroin. Other contenders include stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine (“meth”), alcohol…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 7 Comments
    Will Lavender Oil Ease Your Anxiety and Insomnia…

    Aromatherapy, the use of plant materials with notable fragrance, has long been popular in Europe. It is now becoming more widely adopted in the US as well. In this approach, people utilize the "essent…

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2018 12 Comments
    Can Clonazepam Increase the Risk for Dementia?

    Millions of people take benzodiazepines every day. Such drugs are variously described as anti-anxiety agents, sedatives, hypnotics (to aid sleep) or benzos for short. At last count about five million …

    By: Terry Graedon October 25, 2018 7 Comments
    Will a Whiff of Lavender Ease Your Anxiety?

    Many people think of lavender as a calming herb. Research in mice now shows that this reputation goes beyond folklore. A whiff of lavender has anti-anxiety effects. How Do Mice React to a Whiff of Lav…

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2018 6 Comments
    Will Fish Oil Supplements Ease Your Anxiety?

    Fish oil has gotten a lot of bad press lately. After a decade or two of enthusiasm for its benefits in preventing heart disease, arthritis and dry eyes, scientists concluded that there is little or no…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 7 Comments
    Should You Stop Taking Your Sleeping Pills?

    Older individuals who take a benzodiazepine are more likely to experience falls. Medications like alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) or lorazepam (Ativan) are frequently used as sleeping pills or f…

    By: Joe Graedon April 23, 2018 28 Comments
    Why Is Antidepressant Withdrawal So Hard?

    It is estimated that one out of every eight Americans takes an antidepressant medication (JAMA Internal Medicine, Feb. 2017). According to the New York Times, roughly 25 million Americans have been ta…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 2 Comments
    How to Lift Worry Along with Weights

    Lifting weights makes your muscles stronger; it may also make you feel less anxious. Can you really lift worry off your shoulders as you do your weight-lifting routine? Studies Show Weight-Lifting Hel…

    By: Terry Graedon September 5, 2017 5 Comments
    How Can You Help Kids with Anxiety?

    Anxiety can affect children as much as adults. It is estimated that anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of youngsters suffer from debilitating anxiety. When children are treated with medicines used to trea…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 24 Comments
    Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medica…

    Starting a new prescription is easy. If your doctor tells the pharmacist to write on the label, "take once a day with food," you know exactly what to do. Most people can manage such a simple instructi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 28, 2016 19 Comments
    Stopping Duloxetine (Cymbalta) Suddenly Flipped …

    Antidepressants like desvenlafaxine (Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), sertraline (Zoloft) and venlafaxine (Effexor) have become extremely popular. Millions take such drugs regularly. When such medicat…

    By: Terry Graedon October 20, 2016 10 Comments
    Curcumin Eases Both Depression and Anxiety

    Curcumin is the active ingredient in the yellow spice turmeric. Numerous studies have confirmed its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Could it help against depression and anxiety? Studying…

    By: Joe Graedon April 17, 2016 21 Comments
    Why Is Old Tranquilizer (Meprobamate) So Damn Ex…

    Meprobamate (Equanil, Miltown) has been around since the 1950s. It was one of the most successful drugs of that era. This blockbuster tranquilizer was considered far safer than the barbiturates it rep…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2015 4 Comments
    Sugar Eases Stress Response–No Wonder We S…

    Some people think they are addicted to sugar, and a new study shows they just might be right. A randomized controlled trial tested the connection between sugar consumption and stress response. The Stu…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2014 1 Comments
    Pharmacists Can Help Older People Become Empower…

    Many doctors worry about the negative effects of benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drugs such as alprazolam for older people. They have been linked to an increased risk of dementia and falls. Getting off …

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2013 40 Comments
    Antidepressant Withdrawal Feels Like Circles of …

    Doctors have been prescribing tranquilizers and anti-anxiety agents for centuries. Antidepressants are more recent. They weren't discovered until the 1950s. When a doctor prescribes anxiolytics or ant…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2012 6 Comments
    Anti-Anxiety Pills May Cause Confusion

    Q. I was a nurse for over 42 years, and I'm alarmed by the staggering increase in the use of anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam or diazepam. There's no doubt in my mind that these addictive drug…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2012 59 Comments
    Sleeping Pills, Anti-Anxiety Drugs & Dement…

    Can medications you take to get a good night's sleep or ease anxiety increase your risk for Alzheimer's disease or dementia? That was the scary question raised in a study published on September 27th, …

    By: Terry Graedon August 2, 2012 0 Comments
    Smiling Eases Stress

    An old song advises, "Smile and the world smiles with you." Whether or not that is true, scientists have found that smiling can help people cope with stress. Volunteers were trained so that they could…