The health of millennials

Nearly 73 million people in the U.S. are millennials – people born between 1981 and 1996. In a recent study, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index examined the health of the 55 million commercially insured millennials. The BCBS Health Index quantifies more than 200 different health conditions to identify which diseases and conditions most affect Americans’ longevity and quality of life. It’s powered by … Continue reading The health of millennials

What to expect after a seasonal affective disorder diagnosis

The lull after the holidays, combined with the long days of winter may have you feeling especially down. If you’ve noticed you’ve become irritable, more tired than normal and avoiding social situations, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder (SAD). There are several ways to treat this form of depression, but you first need to visit with your doctor about your symptoms.

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{Guest blog} What helped me most with my depression

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partners with New Directions to provide behavioral health screenings, resources and support to our members and employees. May is National Mental Health Month and to spread awareness, we invited New Directions to share a personal story of how one person overcame their bout with depression. Continue reading “{Guest blog} What helped me most with my depression”

The Doctor’s Note: Exercise and Mental Health

The connection between physical activity and mental health has been extensively studied, and several theories have been developed about it. For example, during the aging process, physical exercise might represent a possible treatment for depression and dementia, helping delay the onset of normal aging processes. Continue reading “The Doctor’s Note: Exercise and Mental Health”