Four Ways to Protect Your Eyes During Healthy Vision Month

Most of us cannot conceive of a life without appreciating the beauty in every blade of grass or every child’s smile. However, around 12 million Americans 40 years and over have vision impairment, including one million who are blind. This July, we recognize Healthy Vision Month. It is a time to understand better the risks associated with vision loss, the ways that we can support the vision impaired, and recommit to making healthy lifestyle choices to protect our eye health. This summer, when the sun is at its highest and strongest peak of the year, spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the risk factors that can put your healthy vision at risk. Then, pledge to yourself to prioritize your long-term eye health this month and always.

1. Commit to an Annual Eye Exam

You prioritize seeing your physician annually for a wellness exam and routine screening (or you should; if you don’t already have a primary care physician, find one here). However, you should also make an annual visit to your eye doctor another healthcare priority. Your doctor can screen for eye disease and other risk factors that could impair your vision long-term during your eye exam.

2. Encourage Your Family and Friends to Obtain an Annual Eye Exam Too

Not only is Healthy Vision Month a time to prioritize your eye health, but it is also a time to strengthen your advocacy for the eye health of those you love and care for. Encourage your parents, friends, and other family members to obtain an annual eye exam. If you are a parent, talk to your pediatrician about a recommended cadence for eye exams for your child. Typically, however, children should have their first eye exam at six months, then at age three, and then again before they begin first grade.

3. Give Your Eyes a Rest from Digital Devices

The blue lights that your smartphone, laptop, and tablet emit can cause eye strain, especially for individuals (including teenagers) who work at a computer or spend significant time each day on their smartphones. To minimize your exposure to blue light and your risk of eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer at a point about 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. Pair this with a stand, water, or meditation break for double the wellness.

4. Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection

Wearing sunglasses every season when you are outdoors during the day is a critical step to protecting your eyes. Ensure your sunglasses are designed to protect you from both UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunglasses do not need to be expensive, prescription, or designer to include UV protection, but you want to ensure you choose a pair with this feature for optimal impact.

Commit to Recognizing Healthy Vision Month Every Month

Think of Healthy Vision Month as a time to recommit to eye health best practices, but don’t let up the rest of the year. The long-term effects of sun exposure, eye strain, and neglecting regular eye screenings can be detrimental to your long-term eye health. With a few proactive but consistent lifestyle changes, you’ll be enjoying the beauty of nature’s details and your loved ones’ smiles all the days of your long, healthy life.

Diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes? Nine Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk Factors

Here in the United States, 34.2 million Americans—just over one in 10—have diabetes, and another 88 million—approximately one in three—have prediabetes. These staggering numbers remind us that diabetes is a prevalent health crisis in our country and often preventable with proper awareness, education, and lifestyle choices. However, if your doctor has recently diagnosed you as pre-diabetic, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a future as a person with diabetes is imminent. The following nine health choices will mitigate your risk of developing diabetes and the health complications it can carry.

1. Eat Healthily

A critical change that you can make to lower your risk of diabetes is to make healthier eating choices. A five to ten percent weight reduction can significantly lower your risk of developing diabetes. Swap processed carbs for whole grains and starches, such as potatoes, white bread, and sugary breakfast cereals.

2. Get Active

Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity per day, five days per week. Such activity can further help you manage your weight and can strengthen your heart and lungs. Talk to your doctor before you begin any new fitness routine or exercise program.

3. Manage Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

High blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels are risk factors for several health risks, including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. A healthy diet paired with an active lifestyle can help. So can your doctor.

4. If You Smoke, Quit

Smoking can increase your risk of diabetes. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor, or visit smokefree.gov to access education, programs, and resources.

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, So Grab Your Favorite Sunglasses

Nothing says summer like basking in the sun—but this quintessential seasonal activity could be putting your eyes at risk. The sun brings outdoor fun but also damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. To help educate adults and teens about the risks of UV rays, each July we recognize UV Safety Awareness Month. At Nova Health, we want to ensure that you enjoy the dog days of summer without  long-term vision and eye health complications. Read on to learn why UV rays are dangerous and what simple—and still stylish—steps you can take to keep your eyes safe this summer.

What are UV Rays?

UV radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation created by the sun. There are two types of UV rays:

  • UVA – has a longer wavelength, and can age the skin
  • UVB – has a shorter wavelength and can burn the skin

Why are UV Rays Harmful?

Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB radiation damages the DNA in skin cells. The damage can cause genetic mutations or defects and cause premature aging, skin cancer including eyelid cancer, and cataracts. In addition, long-term, exposure to UV rays can increase your risk of macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease and the leading cause of vision loss that affects more than 10 million Americans. Other eye health issues that long-term UV radiation can cause include pinguecula and pterygia, or tissue elevations on the eye’s surface.

If you ‘re seeking the perfect summertime tan, beware: You may also be exposed to UV rays from that year-round suntan source the tanning bed.

How to Protect Your Eyes from UV Radiation

The most important and easiest thing that you can do to protect your eyes from UV rays is to wear quality sunglasses designed with UV ray protection. That  simple easy step is crucial to your eye health. In addition, follow these summertime tips:

  • Avoid going outside during the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. standard time, which are the most hazardous for UV radiation
  • Ensure any pair of UV blocking sunglasses you select indicate that they protect the wearer from both UVA and UVB rays (health tip: sunglasses do not have to be designer, prescription, or high cost to protect you from UV rays)
  • Choose sunglasses with maximum coverage, ideally the kind that wrap around to your temples (even if you are wearing contacts that protect against UV rays)
  • Wear a hat with a brim (in addition to sunglasses) to shield more UV rays from your face
  • Wear sunglasses even on a cloudy day; invisible UV rays permeate thin clouds and haze
  • Wear sunglasses all year long; even when skiing in the winter, as the sun produces UV rays in every season, not just summer
  • Never look directly at the sun; if you are observing a solar eclipse, use specially designed gear to enjoy the spectacle, or else you could put yourself at risk of solar retinopathy, or damage to your retina

This summer, get outside and get active, but do so safely. Avoid peak sun exposure times, always wear sunglasses and a hat, and while we’re on the subject, coverup with full spectrum sunscreen too. We all love the long days of summer, but we love our eye health more. Stay safe this summer, and if you need us, find a Nova Health location near you

Nova Health Welcomes Stephen G. Garratt, FNP-C to Practice, Will Treat Patients at Junction City Clinic

Eugene, OR – July 7, 2021 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient primary and urgent care services in the Western United States, has announced the addition of Stephen G. Garratt, BSN, MSN, FNP-C, to its team of healthcare providers. Garratt will begin treating patients at Nova Health’s Junction City clinic, located at 355 West 3rd Avenue, Junction City OR 97448, starting on August 9th, 2021.

Garratt joins Nova Health from Golden Valley Health Center in California, where he treated patients as a family nurse practitioner. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he obtained his EMT certification shortly after finishing his undergraduate studies. He then went on to work in a hospital setting for several years while simultaneously continuing his education in the legal profession at the University of San Diego. Garratt worked in the legal field as a medical-legal researcher and paralegal for several years before completing a post-graduate certificate program at the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on cellular/molecular biology and biochemistry. Garratt next studied nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2014 and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2016.

Nova Health Chief Executive Officer Jim Ashby said that Garratt’s medical and legal studies background makes him a valuable asset to Nova Health.

“What is so inspiriting about Stephen is how, throughout his life, he has never stopped learning and never stopped applying his skills in new ways and in new areas that need a compassionate, educated, and dedicated healthcare expert,” said Ashby. “We are thrilled to have Stephen join our Nova Health team.”

“Nova Health is the ideal next step in my medical career,” said Garratt. “My past experiences providing nursing care to rural, underserved communities has strengthened my passion for working for an entity that shares my dedication to these populations. I value the commitment that Nova Health has made to providing care in rural communities across the Western United States, and I am thrilled to start the next phase of my career as a member of the Nova Health care team.”

About Nova Health

Nova Health provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services. Our focus is on providing the best patient care to patients in our communities. Established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees, we have grown to 25 clinics in Oregon, Washington, and Montana.

Nova Health and Louisiana-Based SouthStar Urgent Care Announce Merger

Eugene, OR – June 23, 2021 – Nova Health, a provider of high-quality, convenient urgent and primary care services, announces its merger with Louisiana-based SouthStar Urgent Care. The merger of the two companies is targeted to be complete in August 2021.

Nova Health and SouthStar Urgent Care share a similar mission and commitment to their patients. As one company, both organizations will continue to operate with a focus on patient care at the forefront. With a presence in six states, both brands will gain the benefits of access to more resources, talent, and room for expansion.

“We strongly believe the merging of these two businesses will enhance the organization as a whole and allow our teams to continue to focus on delivering quality care for our patients.” Says Jim Ashby, CEO of Nova Health.

The Nova Health and Southstar brands will remain intact in the states in which they currently operate. This merger allows for both Nova Health and SouthStar Urgent Care to help more patients as they expand nationally.

 

About Nova Health

Nova Health is a comprehensive provider of high-quality urgent care and primary care services with 28 clinics throughout Oregon, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and Colorado.

 

About SouthStar Urgent Care

SouthStar is a leading provider of urgent care services with 28 clinics in Louisiana. SouthStar is known for its exceptional urgent care services, customer service, and commitment to the healthcare industry. 

Media Contact: Emma Stevens, 541-743-6111

Cataract and Eye Health Awareness, and Remembering Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.”

Those words were penned by the incredible Helen Keller—a woman who overcame monumental challenges after being born deaf and blind to become a famous author and global inspiration. Keller redefined what was possible for individuals living with visual and auditory impairments in an era that lacked the same level of sophisticated technologies and medical treatments available today.

In honor of Keller, born on June 27, 1880, every year, we celebrate Deafblind Awareness week during the last week of June. This year, to help further the conversation around preventive measures to minimize vision loss risks, we’re bringing you cataract and eye health best practices from our team of medical experts.

What are Cataracts and What Causes Them?

Cataracts are cloudy areas in the eye’s lens. This eye condition is common in older adults and can slowly cause blurry vision. Symptoms of cataracts may include:

  • Clouded, blurred, or dim vision that makes the patient feel that they are looking through a frosty window
  • Increasing difficulty or discomfort with night vision
  • Double vision in a single eye
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Seeing “halos” around lights
  • The need for extra light when reading or completing other activities
  • Frequent changes in the prescription of your eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Fading or yellowing of colors

While cataracts can cause some vision discomfort, if untreated, they can develop into blindness. In fact, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

What Can You do to Minimize Your Risk of Cataracts?

While cataract development is common in older adults, there are some healthy lifestyle practices that you can follow to minimize your likelihood of developing cataracts as you age.

Eat a Balanced and Healthy Diet

Some research indicates that high antioxidant foods may help prevent cataracts. Try to add foods high in vitamins C and E to your diet, such as:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes
  • Red and green peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Wheat germ
  • Almonds and peanuts

Protect Your Eyes from Sun Exposure

Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure can cause changes to your eyes and damage the proteins in your lens, putting you at greater risk for developing cataracts. Anytime you are outside during the day, even if it’s a bit cloudy, be sure to protect your eyes with sunglasses specifically designed to block UV light. If you are an outdoor athlete, such as a cyclist, runner, or even if you play a contact sport, you may benefit from protective athletic eye ware designed to block UV rays.

Watch Your Blood Sugar

Being diabetic may put you at an increased risk of developing cataracts. When one’s blood sugar remains high for a prolonged period, the eye lens changes blood sugar into sorbitol which, when it collects in the lens, may cause a cataract to form. Eating a diet low in sugar and closely monitoring your health for early signs of diabetes can help minimize your chances of cataracts.

Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption

Research indicates that those who drink fewer than two standard-size alcoholic drinks daily are at a lower risk of developing cataracts. Conversely, those who drink more than two standard drinks per day face an increased risk of cataract development. If you need help moderating your alcohol intake, talk to your doctor.

Quit Smoking

Smoking may increase your risk of developing cataracts, as it creates more free radicals in your eyes, which are chemicals that can damage healthy cells. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor or visit smokefree.gov.

Obtain Regular Eye Exams

Your eye doctor can help you identify changes in your eye health that may indicate an increased risk of cataracts. Adults between ages 40 and 64 should obtain a full eye exam every two to four years, and adults over age 65 should obtain an eye exam every one to two years.

17 Signs that You Could be Suffering from Post-Partum Depression

The months after you welcome your new bundle of joy into the world should be a time filled with joy, smiles, and mother-baby bonding. In reality, however, whether you are a new parent or welcoming a second, third, or tenth baby into your family, the months after a new baby arrives can be full of uncertainty, new challenges, and new stresses. It is common for mothers to face moments of stress, frustration, and even cry a time or two while balancing their new responsibilities and ensuring their new baby is healthy and happy. However, if you find that you feel irrationally frustrated, angry, or resentful of your baby and are struggling to bond with them, it may be time to talk to your doctor about the possibility that you are suffering from postpartum depression.

What is Post-Partum Depression?

Postpartum depression is a form of depression that women experience after they give birth. Unlike a bad day or week, postpartum depression can last for months or longer and become so severe that it becomes debilitating, making it difficult for you to care for your baby or yourself properly.

If you have recently given birth and are experiencing most of the following 17 common symptoms of postpartum depression, talk to your doctor or OBGYN.

What are the Signs of Post-Partum Depression?

Women who experience postpartum depression often describe the following symptoms:

  • Depression or hopelessness
  • Severe mood swings
  • Periods of extreme, inexplicable anger or frustration
  • Excessive crying
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Insomnia, or excessive sleep
  • Restlessness
  • Severe anxiety or panic attacks
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, and responsibilities
  • Difficulty with decision-making or focus
  • Lost interest in hobbies and activities
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Extreme fear of not being a good mother that may cause avoidance of motherly duties or interactions with your baby
  • Feelings of inadequacy, guilt, shame, or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you fear you may not be a perfect mother and find yourself tearful or frustrated at times as you learn to fulfill the needs of your new baby, you should know that “baby blues,” a period of frustration and anxiety in the immediate few days or weeks after your baby is born, are very common—particularly for first-time moms. Seek the support and guidance of your partner and family and friends, especially those who are parents and can empathize with your concerns.

If your depression persists or interferes with your ability to care for or bond with your baby, make an appointment to talk to your doctor. If you are having thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or have thought of harming your baby, please seek immediate support from a medical professional. You can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at any time of the day or night at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Shingles vs. Chickenpox. What’s the Difference?

You may have heard that only kids can get chickenpox, while only older adults can get shingles. Or perhaps you’ve heard it said that it’s the same virus, but it’s given a different name, whether the patient is a child or a senior. We’re here to set the record straight on the differences between shingles and chickenpox so that you can protect your loved ones, of all ages, from the discomfort that comes from this itchy, painful condition.

What is Chicken Pox?

The varicella-zoster virus causes the infection we know as chickenpox. Symptoms include an itchy rash marked by tiny, fluid-filled red blisters. The rash often appears 10 to 21 days after virus exposure and typically lasts from five to ten days. During the total period in which symptoms are present, the rash typically evolves through three distinct phases:

  • During the first several days, the rash often appears as raised pink or red papules (bumps)
  • Next, small fluid-filled vesicles (blisters) form over a day, which then break and leak
  • The broken blisters then scab over, taking several days to heal

Since new bumps continue to form until the virus is destroyed, patients may have bumps on their skin in all three phases at once.

Other symptoms of chickenpox include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Tiredness and malaise

Chickenpox patients can spread the virus to others up to 48 hours before the rash appears and remain contagious until all broken blisters have scabbed over. The infection is highly contagious for those individuals who have never had chickenpox or who have never been vaccinated against it, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine vaccination of children against the varicella-zoster virus.

While chickenpox is often thought of as a childhood illness, adults can contract the virus too, and when they do, their symptoms may be more severe.

What is Shingles?

Like chickenpox, shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus that creates a painful rash. Unlike the chickenpox rash, which can form all over the body, the shingles rash typically appears as a single stripe of blisters around one side of the torso.

In addition to the painful rash, shingles symptoms may include:

  • A painful, burning, numbness or tingling that for some is intensely uncomfortable
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • An itchy, red rash that begins a few days after the first pain symptoms
  • Fluid-filled blisters that break and scab, as with chickenpox
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fatigue

It is possible for someone who had chickenpox to develop shingles later in life. In patients who have had chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in nerve tissue near the spinal cord and brain. It can reactivate in the form of the shingles virus years later.

If not properly treated, shingles can result in health complications, including a condition called postherpetic neuralgia, in which a patient experiences shingles pain for a long time after the blisters have healed.

Also, like chickenpox, there is a CDC-recommended vaccine for shingles; however, it is recommended for seniors rather than children.

When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you or a loved one has developed a red, painful rash, talk to your doctor. Whether it is chickenpox, shingles, or another condition, your doctor will diagnose the cause and recommend a treatment plan. Further, if you have any questions regarding recommended vaccines for chickenpox and shingles, and when you, your child, or senior parent may be eligible, talk to your doctor.

Common Triggers for Hives and When to Get Help

It starts as a mindless tickle on the side of your neck. You find yourself itching the spot casually. A few minutes later, you’re rubbing your side along your ribs with more persistence, moving to scratch the back of your hand next. You look down and recognize, in a second, the telltale sign of a larger issue than just an itchy sweater or pesky few mosquito bites.

Hives.

The unsightly red, itchy spots are noticeably appearing like unwanted house guests, and you feel helpless and desperate for relief. If you’ve ever developed an allergic reaction to a food item or an insect that has resulted in a hive breakout on your skin, then you know all too well the discomfort and stress of these little red spots. What causes hives, and if you’re susceptible, how can you avoid them? More importantly, when is the appearance of hives the first indication of a potentially dangerous allergic reaction, and when should you receive urgent treatment?

What are Hives?

Urticaria, or hives, are a skin rash that appears as welts or raised bumps on the skin. They are often red and uncomfortably itchy. They can range in size from small to large bumps, up to 8 inches in diameter at their largest, and may appear on one body part or all over the skin. When you press on a hive, it will appear white in the middle. Like their size, the duration of an outbreak of hives may vary as well. For some patients, hives may appear for a few minutes or last for several months, with most people experiencing hives finding them to last at least 24 hours.

What are the Most Common Causes of Hives?

Anyone at any age can develop hives if exposed to an irritant that causes an autoimmune response in the body. About 20 percent of people will develop hives at least once in their lifetime. The most common triggers of hives include:

  • Infections, including the common cold and other viruses
  • Food allergies, most commonly including eggs, shellfish, and nuts
  • Medications, such as aspirin, antibiotics such as penicillin, and sulfa
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Blood transfusions
  • Other autoimmune conditions, such as thyroid disease

Some patients experience chronic episodes of hives that can last over six weeks. In these cases, doctors cannot always determine the underlying cause of the outbreak.

Another form of hives is dermatographia, a condition in which light scratching of the skin causes raised, uncomfortable red lines at the scratch site. Delayed pressure urticaria occurs when skin under constant pressure, such as from constrictive clothing, swells and becomes irritated.

Other hive triggers may include:

  • Exposure to low temperatures followed by re-warming—a potentially life-threatening situation if there is a generalized body cooling
  • An increase in body temperatures during exercise, a hot shower, or an anxiety-inducing situation, known as cholinergic urticaria
  • Sun-exposure

When to Seek Urgent Medical Care?

Hives can often be treated with a topical or oral antihistamine medication. However, in more severe cases, hives are one symptom that appears during anaphylaxis. This potentially dangerous allergic reaction can cause swelling of the tongue or throat and difficulty breathing. If anaphylaxis occurs, call 911 immediately. If your doctor diagnoses you with a severe allergy to a specific food or other substance, they may prescribe you an epinephrine pen which can be administered during a severe allergic reaction to immediately abate swelling that can make it difficult to breathe.

Otherwise, if you often experience hives that do not cause respiratory issues and you believe you may be allergic to a food item or medication, talk to your doctor. They can conduct tests to help you identify the cause of your outbreaks. If you are experiencing chronic urticaria, your doctor may refer you to an allergist or immunologist for more specialized testing and treatment.

How to Overcome Blood Injury and Injection (BII) Phobia

If the sight, smell, or even the thought of blood makes you queasy, uncomfortable, or downright panicked, you’re not alone. Three to four percent of the population experiences blood injury and injection (BII) phobia. With this common psychiatric disorder, sufferers are so fearful of being exposed to blood or a medical professional taking a blood sample or receiving an injection—such as a vaccine—that they will avoid medical appointments and critical care entirely.

While blood draws and vaccines may provide temporary discomfort, blood testing is critical to identifying health risks, and vaccines are critical to protecting our population from contagious viruses and other diseases—such as COVID-19. If you suffer from BII, overcoming your fear is critical to ensure you don’t feel the need to avoid medical care and maintain regular preventive and chronic care appointments with your trusted medical care team.

Symptoms of Blood Injury and Injection Phobia

At the sight or prospect of blood, a blood-inducing injury, or an injection, BII phobic individuals may experience:

  • Decreased blood pressure leading to fainting
  • Anxiety and intense, irrational fear of seeing blood, being injured or disabled, or receiving an injection
  • Avoidance behaviors

How to Overcome a Blood Injury and Injection Phobia with Applied Tension (AT)

If your fear of blood, an injury, or injection is so intense that you find yourself avoiding doctor appointments, routine tests, or vaccines, talk to your doctor or seek treatment by a certified mental health care provider. A common treatment for BII phobia is Applied Tension (AT), a technique to help BII phobic individuals prevent fainting or recover more quickly if they faint. AT involves tensing your muscles, which raises your blood pressure, making you less likely to faint.

If you would like to learn about AT as a viable method for coping with your BII phobia, talk to your doctor or a mental health care provider to determine if AT is right for you and for assistance in learning how to apply the methodology to the situations in which you find yourself fearful.

In general, to apply AT, you may be directed to follow steps such as those outlined below:

  • Sit comfortably and tense your arms, legs, and core muscles for 10 – 15 seconds or until you feel a warm sensation in your head
  • Relax your body for 20 to 30 seconds and return to a normal state; avoid allowing yourself to be overcome with feelings of relaxation, which may cause your blood pressure to drop
  • Repeat the cycle five times

If your care provider advises that AT may be a viable technique to help you cope with BII phobia, your care provider may encourage you to practice your AT technique a few times a day for at least a week before you expect to be exposed to blood or an injection to help you mindfully master the technique so that you can use it effectively when needed.

When to Talk to Your Doctor

If you feel paralyzed by the possibility of being exposed to blood, are terrified of a blood-inducing injury, or avoid necessary routine testing or vaccines out of a desire to avoid needles, or if you have ever fainted at the sight of blood, talk to your doctor. BII phobia is an understandable and treatable condition. With proper support and a master of a treatment plan prescribed by your doctor, you can reclaim your confidence over any medical setting.