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Ask Dr. Pat · Menopause

Is It Depression or Menopause?

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S
Dr. Megan Riddle provides a thoughtful discussion of depression and the menopausal transition that will be helpful for women who need more than just a lifestyle change, meditation, exercise, or even hormone therapy for control of depression.
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Monday Notes From Dr. Pat

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

When I was in college, I worked at a private psychiatric hospital on the locked ward for women. Many of the patients I worked with on this ward had schizophrenia diagnoses. These women were often in their 20s and 30s, and many were in this locked ward for their first hospitalization after repeated attempts to diagnose and control behaviors in the community setting.

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General Medical · Health

Caregiving: Positive Steps to Take

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Pat has asked Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D. to consult with a wife who is overwhelmed with caregiving for her husband and is seeking advice about ways to share the responsibilities and the steps she can take to improve her quality of life.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Dementia—Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Diagnosis

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There are a number of risk factors for developing dementia. These can be thought of broadly in two categories: those that you can do something about and those that you cannot. Risk factors you can’t change include aging—risk dramatically rises with age, with more than 50 percent of those older than 85 being affected—and genetics.

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Ask Dr. Pat · Health

Ask Dr. Pat: Is hormone replacement therapy dangerous?

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Women who had fulfilling professional and personal lives first, then had children later in life, often find themselves in the menopausal transition with demands for the care of younger children, personal relationships, and work that leaves no time for self care. Find a health care professional who will listen to your symptoms of menopausal syndrome and the narrative of your day-to-day existence and who will work with you to design a plan for evaluation and treatment of your symptoms.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Eating Disorders in Midlife

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S
By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S

This month—National Nutrition Month—Dr. Pat asks Megan Riddle, Ph.D., a new member of our Medical Advisory Board, how someone could open a conversation with a middle-aged colleague who is suffering from anorexia nervosa, the deadliest of all mental health disorders.

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Dr. Pat Consults: What Vitamin B12 Can Do For You

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg
By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

"Could you explain why people become anemic when they don't have enough B12 in their blood, and what supplements in general a woman my age should have been taking? Is there anything else I should have done to prevent this?"

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