Fairfax Mental Health Blog

E-Cigarettes – Helpful or Harmful?

E-Cigarettes – Helpful or Harmful?

You have probably walked or driven by someone blowing plumes of thick white smoke into the air from an electronic cigarette. Most people are familiar with e cigarettes these days. They have been around since the early 2000’s with increasing popularity as an aide to smoking cessation or recreational use.

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The Beauty of Mindfulness

The Beauty of Mindfulness

Usually when people think of meditation they imagine a Buddhist monk on the top of a snowy mountain seeking enlightenment, but you don’t have to be an expert to meditate. Mindfulness is defined by Psychology Today magazine as a state of active and open attention to the present.

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Do Antidepressants Work?

Do Antidepressants Work?

When used properly, antidepressants can be a lifesaver. In the treatment of severe major depression, especially when someone experiences intense feelings of hopelessness and thoughts of suicide, antidepressant medication can reduce the intensity of the sadness and help people move towards more productive lives. But do antidepressants cure depression?

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What are the Holiday Blues?

What are the Holiday Blues?

During the winter months of the holiday season, some people report a marked worsening of their mood when the amount of sunlight available during the day becomes significantly less. Also known as the winter blues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that usually occurs during the autumn and winter, when the amount of natural sunlight decreases.

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