The Truth About Postpartum Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss

As women, we’re often told that our hair is our crowning glory, so it’s only natural for us to freak out after noticing greater than usual amounts of hair on our pillows and in our sinks. If you recently had a baby, then you’ve probably experienced this way more often than you would like. Although commonly referred to as postpartum hair loss, the medical term for this condition is called Telogen Effluvium, and it happens to about 50 percent of women after they give birth. Why does it happen? And is it normal? Read on to find out!

What Causes It

It’s not uncommon for new mothers to experience hair shedding between three and six months after giving birth. On average, we lose 100 strands of hair on a daily basis. However, when you’re pregnant, the hormones prevent those hairs from falling out, making your hair thicker and more luscious than it’s ever been. After giving birth, your hormones return to normal, causing all that extra hair to fall out – at once.

Read the rest of my piece at [BlackDoctor.org].

Hollywood After Dark: Black Celebrities Who’ve Overcome Depression

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Depression is still a taboo topic, especially within the African-American community. With one Black person dying every 4.5 hours by suicide in the U.S., there are more of us suffering from depression than we even realize or care to admit. These celebrities are proof that money and fame do not equal happiness.

1. Alicia Keys

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What Can You Do To Help?

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1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime

This statistic is what makes breast cancer awareness month so important. Through early detection, chances of survival are greatly increased. Mortality rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989, especially in women under 50. This is largely thanks to growing awareness of the importance of early detection.

Despite the leaps being made, breast cancer still accounts for more deaths than any other cancer, besides lung cancer. Talk with the women in your life about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer this October.

Originally appeared on: [North West Pharmacy].

3 Tips For Dating After Divorce

Dating after a divorce

With Pat and Gina Neely announcing that they’re getting a divorce after 20 years together and Nick Cannon’s marriage to Mariah Carey on the rocks, it seems as though everyone is splitting up these days. Perhaps one of the scariest parts about filing for divorce is getting back into the dating game. Here are three things you can do to make that process a little less stressful and intimidating.

1. Be accountable.

No one likes admitting their faults, but in order to make your next relationship work, it’s important to reflect on why your marriage didn’t last. That means asking yourself the tough questions such as, “What role did I play in our divorce?” and “Is there anything more that I could’ve done?” It’s easy to blame your ex for everything that went wrong in the marriage, but being honest and owning up to your own mistakes shows maturity. Expect to shed a few tears during this one. Divorce is painful and it’s going to be an emotional roller coaster for the first few months, but over time, you can and will love again.

Read the rest of my piece at [BlackDoctor.org].

Low-Fat, No-Bake Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie

With the leaves beginning to change colors and the weather growing crisper, it’s clear that fall is officially in full effect. Missing the summer already? Then you’ll definitely want to try this light-weight, refreshing key lime pie recipe. Just one bite will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation.

Ingredients

1 graham cracker crust shell
2 8 oz. containers of Cool Whip at room temperature
1 small can of low-fat sweetened condensed milk
½ to 1 cup of key lime juice depending on how tangy you want your pie (my favorite is Nellie & Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice)
1 lime cut into thin curled strips for garnish (optional)

Read the rest of my piece at [BlackDoctor.org].

6 Signs You Might Be Dealing With A Narcissist

Signs of a narcissist

We all know someone, whether it’s a friend or coworker, who’s completely stuck on themselves and thinks that the entire world revolves around them. A person who exhibits these traits is commonly referred to as a narcissist, which is someone who’s excessively preoccupied with themselves, as well as power and prestige. But did you know that it’s possible to possess narcissistic tendencies without actually having Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Here are a few traits to look out for:

1. They always make every conversation about themselves.

If you start talking to someone about your problems and before you know it, they’ve managed to steer the entire conversation back to themselves, this could be a telltale sign that you’re dealing with a narcissist.

2. They don’t take criticism well.

Let’s be honest: No one truly enjoys being criticized, but narcissists take it personal and tend to be hypersensitive to it. They may overreact and immediately become defensive afterwards.

3. They like nice things.

This is not to say that all people who enjoy nice things are narcissists, but many narcissists are obsessed with the idea of being perceived as having a higher status so often times, they’ll purchase expensive material things to impress others.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

Do You Know What’s Hiding In Your Drink?

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Often, when we think of rape, we picture a stranger jumping out from nowhere and attacking someone, but that theory is way off. According to a 2010 study conducted by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, more than half of female rape victims had been attacked by a current or former partner, while 40 percent had been raped by an acquaintance. And since the introduction of date rape drugs in the mid-90s, it’s become much easier for sexual predators to assault their victims.

A ‘date rape drug’ is any drug that’s intentionally used to sexually assault a person. They can be slipped into your drink when you’re not looking or when you leave your drink unattended. The scary part is that date rape drugs have no color, smell or taste. They cause the victim to become weak, dizzy, confused and in some cases, pass out, leaving them unable to turn down sex or defend themselves. In many cases, victims cannot remember what happened while they were drugged.

Read the rest of my article at [BlackDoctor.org].

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