Shoutout to Nicole Norton

We are excited to introduce the newest member of our practice, Nicole Norton. Nicole is a certified Physician Assistant who has previous experience in Neurology and Sleep Medicine.

A native Houstonian, Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in 2001 and went on to earn her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2010. She is nationally certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Have you ever Wondered Why?
Mental health can worsen in the spring. While springtime generally invokes feelings of hope and renewal, there are several factors that contribute to increased depression during this season. Spring is a time of change, milestones, and the memories that come with it. Even allergies play a role in mental health.
Overwhelming Changes
For many of us, change can feel uncomfortable and sometimes overwhelming. For those who already struggle with their mental health, a change in their lives can be a trigger, leading to increased anxiety and depression.
Missed Milestones & Bitter Memories
Spring also comes with the common milestone of graduating from high school and college. This can elicit fond memories for those happy with their academic careers and their success post-graduation. Conversely, it can elicit negative memories for those who struggled in school and even in their work life upon graduating.
According to Psychology Today, intense allergies induce something referred to as "sickness behavior" in people and animals. The symptoms of "sickness behavior" are like those of depression. Symptoms include oversleeping, decreased appetite, decreased libido, and self-isolation. The symptoms of allergies themselves can also make sleeping difficult, which can contribute to symptoms of depression.
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Welcome Spring
Congratulations, class of 2022! This spring brings yet another round of COVID-19 graduates. Graduation can be a time of excitement, heartfelt goodbyes, and worries for the future. Tackling this transitory period can be stressful, and COVID-19 sometimes adds another layer of stress. Read more for simple tips to help manage graduation anxiety.
Tips for Managing Graduation Anxiety
Give yourself the gift of some downtime. Break up your endless to-do lists with some self-care and space to breathe.
Tips for Managing Graduation Anxiety
Celebrate your wins when they happen. Rejection is a part of the process when it comes to searching for jobs or applying to schools. It happens to everyone and does not make you a failure by any means.
Tips for Managing Graduation Anxiety
Have a good cry. Letting out your emotions can be cathartic and is a great way to reduce stress.
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