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Dr. Markheim is a health psychologist and LGBT specialist located in Denver, CO.

Gender on the Spectrum

Gender on the Spectrum Gender falls on a spectrum from being completely comfortable with your natal gender, to wanting to transition to the opposite gender, to somewhere in between. But being transgender is not a sexuality issue, and it may not even be a sexual preference issue; it’s really more…

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Depression or Trauma

A recent study found that major depression leaves a metabolic signature, meaning that depression changes DNA.  The study also revealed that the DNA samples taken from women with histories of stress-related depression – often related to forms of childhood adversity such sexual abuse – that there were more mitochondrial DNA…

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Depression and Diabetes

Numerous studies have shown a link between depression and diabetes. A recent study showed that the combination of depression and diabetes negatively affect the health of diabetic patients in numerous ways. A random sample of patients with diabetes were assessed for symptoms of depression. Rates of myocardial infarction and stress…

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Sexual Violence

Unfortunately, sexual violence and sexual abuse is common among both men and women. Victims of sexual violence often report loss of control as being the most traumatic element of their experience.  Sexual violence and sexual abuse can impact multiple areas of life, including sleep, personal relationships, work relationships, and obviously…

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Emotions of Cancer

The Emotions of Cancer Cancer is an emotional condition.  There can be many decisions to make.  There can be devastating, anxiety provoking, and depressing treatments and complications.  Treatment side effects can impact cognition, motivation, and emotions.   When you’re diagnosed, all of this information comes at you. The doctors talk about…

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Biological nature of gender identity

Literature review shows a biological nature of gender identity. Gender identity is a fundamental human attribute that has a profound impact on personal well-being. Transgender individuals are those whose lived and identified gender identity differs from their natal sex. Various etiologies for transgender identity have been proposed, but misconceptions that…

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Diabetes and Depression

Several studies show a link between diabetes and depression. Depression often occurs with many chronic health conditions, although we don’t know why. With diabetes, depression can impact self-care and diabetes management, and diabetes management can impact depression.  There is also research showing that depression is a precursor to type II…

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Depression Self-Management

Depression Self-Management.  If you experience moderate to severe depression, please seek help. Despite the development of various self-management programmes that attempt to ameliorate symptoms of patients with chronic major depressive disorder (MDD), little is known about what these patients perceive as helpful in their struggle during daily live. The present…

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Caring for dementia patients

Caring for dementia patients often takes a lot of time, emotional energy, and possibly financial resources. This often leaves caregivers feeling burned out, guilty, anxious, or depressed. If you’re a caregiver and need support, please structure time to care for yourself, and investigate resources to help with caregiving. Non-drug approaches…

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