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Breaking bad moods with these tips

Breaking bad moods with these tips

We’re all human, and we all feel a little blue sometimes. And for many people, it isn’t easy to get out of a bad mood. Dr. Sanjay Mathew, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, has some advice on pulling out of a blue mood. “Everyone … Continue reading

Mentorship, guidance help steer careers

Mentorship, guidance help steer careers

When it comes to careers, they aren’t always a straight line. The professional path can be filled with bumps and curves. Dr. Toi B. Harris, associate provost for Institutional Diversity and Student Services and interim associate dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Baylor College of Medicine, said her own professional path didn’t lead directly … Continue reading

Curb buyer’s remorse: Skip drinks while holiday shopping

Curb buyer’s remorse: Skip drinks while holiday shopping

Preparing for some marathon holiday shopping? Baylor College of Medicine Psychiatrist Dr. Kristin Kassaw says don’t add alcohol to the mix. “Alcohol impairs judgment and decreases inhibitions,” said Kassaw, an associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor. “You may come home with shopping bags full of impulse buys that you ordinarily wouldn’t buy.” Kassaw recommends taking an extra … Continue reading

Physical symptoms could be sign of depression

Physical symptoms could be sign of depression

Depression and chronic mood disorders can manifest themselves through physical symptoms, said an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. “Physical symptoms often drive a patient to see a primary care physician, and then the diagnosis of depression may emerge,” said Dr. Sanjay Mathew, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Symptoms … Continue reading

Vaccines to treat addictions?

Vaccines to treat addictions?

Could a vaccine be used in the future to treat an addiction to nicotine, cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates? Dr. Thomas Kosten, professor and the Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine has dedicated two decades on developing these vaccines. Kosten talks with John … Continue reading

Help your kids stress less over tests

Help your kids stress less over tests

Lots of children experience anxiety over tests, but they – and their parents – can deal with it through the right attitude and taking care of their physical health, said a Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry professor. Kids should understand that nervousness about a test is a normal feeling, said Dr. Megan Mooney, adjunct assistant … Continue reading

What to do with unexpected research results

What to do with unexpected research results

When research results are not as expected, it can be challenging for the investigator, especially for those just starting out. However, as Dr. Thomas Kosten, professor and the Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, reminds us, some of the best work can … Continue reading

Ketamine: A rapid antidepressant?

Ketamine: A rapid antidepressant?

Helping people diagnosed with major depression feel better in as little as a few hours? Dr. Sanjay Mathew, associate professor of psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, says its can happen. The drug that could make it a reality? Ketamine—a drug approved for anesthesia, but known … Continue reading

Understanding mood changes triggered by menopause

Understanding mood changes triggered by menopause

Because hormones influence mood, perimenopause, or the transition period prior to menopause, can be an emotional time for women, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Britta Ostermeyer, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at BCM, said that perimenopause occurs at the same time as other life … Continue reading

Coping with tragedies: BCM expert offers advice

Coping with tragedies: BCM expert offers advice

Watching tragedies such as those at the Boston Marathon and at the plant explosion in West, Texas, can leave many people feeling overwhelmed, helpless and upset. Experts at Baylor College of Medicine offer a few tips and resources to cope with these difficult times. “Those who have already endured a painful event may be re-traumatized. … Continue reading