Blog Archive

Get Psychiatric Help From The Comfort of Your Own Home Aug 1st, 2022

There are a lot of things to love about telemedicine, especially when it comes to your mental health. Not only can these virtual appointments make it easier to get access to quality care, but it’s quick, discreet, and convenient. Our team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness in North Houston knows that several...

Understanding the Different Types of Bipolar Disorder Jul 1st, 2022

An estimated 4.4% of adults have bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime. Generally speaking, this brain disorder describes dramatic emotional highs and lows. However, they can vary in duration and intensity based on the type of bipolar disorder the person develops. Our team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness offers compassionate, integrated psychiatric and family...

How Lifestyle Changes Can Help with Your Insomnia Jun 1st, 2022

Did you know approximately half of adults struggle with insomnia, and up to 15% live with chronic problems?  While there are no hard and fast rules about how much sleep everyone needs, most adults require 7-9 hours each night. And anyone who’s spent the night tossing and turning knows the toll it takes on the body...

I Think I’m Depressed: Can You Help? May 1st, 2022

It can be hard enough to recognize the signs of depression in others. But, it can seem even more difficult when you experience these feelings yourself. After all, sadness is a part of life, right? Sadness is indeed a “normal” and healthy emotion. It’s also completely natural to feel unhappy or depressed...

The Many Benefits of Telemedicine Apr 4th, 2022

Whether you love technology or hate it, it’s hard to argue with the fact that it’s made access to quality medical care much easier. That’s because you no longer need to make a special trip to the doctor’s office when you need to see an expert. Now you can do...

4 Types of Depression Mar 1st, 2022

Depression affects people in every corner of the world. In the United States alone, 7% of adults experience depression each year, and approximately 1 in 6 will have depression at some point during their lifetime. However, there are numerous types of depression that can affect people in different ways. Our...

Common Myths About PTSD Feb 1st, 2022

Did you know that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects an estimated 3.5% of American adults each year? On top of that, approximately 1 in 11 will receive a diagnosis during their lifetime.  This widespread disorder can impact anyone of any age, leading to intense and disturbing thoughts or feelings related...

A Deeper Look At Bipolar Disorder Jan 1st, 2022

When people think of bipolar disorder, they usually focus on the extreme shifts of mood this “manic-depressive disorder” is known for causing. However, there’s a lot more to this condition than meets the eye. At Compass Mental Health & Wellness in Houston, our experienced team takes the time to get...

Tips for Managing Anxiety Through the Holidays Dec 8th, 2021

Even if you feel like the holidays are the most magical time of year, they can still cause anxiety and stress. But, whether you love or dread the season, there are ways to manage the emotions they can muster. Our team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness in Houston understands...

How Insomnia Wrecks Your Health Nov 1st, 2021

Do you wake up too early or struggle to fall asleep at night? Do you wake up feeling poorly rested or unrefreshed? Most of us have sleep problems from time to time. However, ongoing issues can put your health at risk. Almost 60 million Americans live with insomnia, spending day...

What to Eat When You Have Diabetes Oct 1st, 2021

Across the United States, more than 34 million people have diabetes, and an additional 88 million adults are considered prediabetic. Without treatment, diabetes can put you at risk for developing serious health complications, ranging from vision loss to heart and kidney disease. Whether you have higher than normal blood sugar...

What Is Mindfulness and How Can It Help My ADHD? Sep 1st, 2021

The idea of meditating when you have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can seem impossible. After all, how can you manage to spend time sitting still if you have trouble concentrating, feel restless, or have difficulty engaging in quiet activities? Believe it or not, that’s where mindfulness meditation can help....

The Link Between Pain and Depression Aug 9th, 2021

As humans, we love to organize and compartmentalize things. As a consequence, this leads many people to associate depression with mental health and pain with physical health. However, this natural impulse to create order can cause us to overlook the interconnected nature of our bodies and minds. When it comes...

Risk Factors for PTSD Jul 7th, 2021

PTSD — or post-traumatic stress disorder — isn’t new. During the Civil War, people often referred to these symptoms as “soldier’s heart” and, by World War I, “shell shock.” While PTSD has a long history, it gained new understanding in 1980 when it became an official diagnosis. People also learned...

5 Ways to Manage Social Anxiety Jun 7th, 2021

If you have a presentation, job interview, or blind date coming up, you may have some anxiety about it. These types of situations can put you out of your comfort zone, so your body may respond by causing you to be a little more anxious than normal to keep you...

How Does ADHD Impact Relationships? May 14th, 2021

Most of us associate attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, with children. But this neuropsychiatric condition affects people of all ages, including adults. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 4.4% of adults ages 18-44 have ADHD. However, even though this neurological disorder is present from birth,...

Common Signs of Bipolar Disorder Apr 14th, 2021

There’s a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and stigma surrounding mental-health issues, and that goes for bipolar disorder as well. Unfortunately, this also keeps many people from seeking the help they need. An estimated 46 million people worldwide have bipolar disorder, a chronic condition that makes it difficult to control mood....

How We Can Help You With Your Depression Mar 15th, 2021

There’s a lot of stigma surrounding mental health conditions, such as depression. However, this is a real illness that can affect people of all ages and walks of life — even children — and trigger numerous symptoms, such as: Irritability, anxiety, helplessness, and hopelessness Low energy and fatigue Difficulty making...

Is My PTSD Treatable? Feb 16th, 2021

Experiencing, witnessing, or learning about a traumatic event can cause a wide range of reactions, including stress, anxiety, and nightmares. These responses are completely natural as you adjust and process the trauma. However, if your symptoms persist, worsen, or become chronic, it could be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder...

Choosing Telemedicine as an Option for Your Psychiatric Evaluation Jan 11th, 2021

Modern technology is making everything easier, and that includes visits to the doctor. At Compass Mental Health & Wellness in Houston, our team offers telemedicine and telepsychiatry services, so you can always get the care you need even when you can’t come into the office. Here are a few reasons...

Why Can't I Sleep? Dec 15th, 2020

Good, quality sleep is critical for a healthy body, sharp mind, and balanced emotions. But, sometimes, no matter how tired you are, it can feel out of reach. Approximately 1 in 3 people live with insomnia. While some of these cases are mild, even a few sleepless nights can still...

Why You Should Never Let High Blood Pressure Go Untreated Nov 16th, 2020

We know it's hard to keep up with the demands of everyday life. However, it’s essential to make time to manage chronic health conditions, especially when it comes to high blood pressure. At Compass Mental Health & Wellness in Houston, our team takes an integrated approach to helping our patients...

Are You Among the One in Four Women With Insomnia? We Can Help. Oct 13th, 2020

When it comes to insomnia, people often associate the disorder with the inability to sleep. However, insomnia can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get back to sleep after waking. While you can experience bouts of short-term insomnia for days or weeks at a time, it can...

The Lasting Effects of Childhood Trauma on Your Mental and Physical Health Sep 17th, 2020

You may try to overlook events from your childhood. However, having negative or traumatic experiences as a child can significantly impact your adult life in numerous ways. Our team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness in Houston provides integrated psychiatric and family medicine services. If you experienced trauma before turning...

Compass Mental Health & Wellness: Anxiety or Depression: Which do I have? Aug 17th, 2020

People use the terms “anxious” and “depressed” a lot, especially during these trying times. So, how do you know if you actually have a clinical disorder, and how do you know which one? At Compass Mental Health & Wellness (MHW), our compassionate providers understand the complexity of mental health conditions,...