Depression can make you feel sad, down, and unable to function as you normally would. Follow these 5 simple habits to reduce depression now!

1) KNOW YOUR HISTORY! If you or a member of your genetic family have a history of
depression you may have a higher risk of depression. It will be important for you to be
vigilant for symptoms of mild depression – treating mild symptoms quickly may avoid
progression to more severe symptoms.
2) SLEEP. Getting routine sleep – going to bed at the same time and waking up at the
same time – and getting high quality sleep may be more important than the total number of
hours of sleep per night.
3) EXERCISE – Routine exercise helps mood and anxiety – again it is the routine of
physical activity rather than the intensity or hours at the gym that matter.
4) SOCIAL SUPPORTS – A network of family and friends are critical to good mental health. When life throws unexpected stress and tragedy at us, we need our support system to be
healthy and strong.
5) PHYSICAL HEALTH – Get health insurance and make sure to get preventative health
care. Declining physical health can make mild depressive symptoms much more difficult to
manage.
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (919) 636-5240.

Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne

AUTHOR

Dr. Jennie Byrne, M.D., PhD
With over 15 years of medical expertise, Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with experience treating mental health conditions in adults, including dementia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and depression. After practicing in New York City for 12 years, Dr. Byrne relocated to North Carolina in 2008; she currently cares for patients in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Dr. Byrne earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She then received her doctorate from New York University Department of Neurophysiology. She also has a doctorate of medicine from New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Byrne went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne has performed extensive research on attention, memory, and depression. As a board- certified adult psychiatrist, Dr. Byrne focuses on the needs of each patient to pro

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