When we face new situations, they often bring new problems. The Doctors address health problems that can arise when something new enters our lives.
10. New Dads
Postpartum depression continues to gain recognition as a serious medical condition. Many new mothers grapple with the hormonal imbalance post-pregnancy, but new studies have found that the condition isn't limited to women. Ten percent of new dads suffer from postpartum blues, partly due to a decrease in testosterone levels and an increase in estrogen.
"[Having a baby] is a hugely emotional experience," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "After anything like that you're going to feel a little bit down. Plus you've got the financial pressures; suddenly, there's another mouth to feed."
Tom, 32, is thrilled with the newest addition to his family, 5-week-old Ashley, but he admits that the late nights and frequent feedings have left him exhausted.
For a good night's sleep, Dr. Jim suggests a SLEEPTRACKER watch."You set it for about when you want to wake up, and it monitors your sleep cycles," Dr. Jim explains. "It wakes you up at the right sleep cycle, within the range you wanted. So you wake up really refreshed."
Tips for New Dads:
• Engage in cardio exercise
• Eat healthily
• Ask for help if you need it
• Read Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know by Dr. Jim Sears
• Try to get enough sleep
a) Take shifts with mom
b) Sleep when the baby sleeps
c) Sleep in a different bedroom than the baby
9. New Mom
One of the first challenges a new mom faces after giving birth is how to lose the baby weight. The Doctors reveal celebrity moms' secrets to slimming down after baby.
• Kate Winslet used the British facial analysis diet that purports the condition of the body's organs can be read and diagnosed by studying the face.
• Reese Witherspoon turned to Kundalini yoga.
• Jessica Alba used a girdle.
• Christina Aguilera relied on breastfeeding.
• Ashley Simpson Wentz signed up to have nutritious, balanced meals like BistroMD delivered to her home.
8. New School Year
The new school year usually brings with it new clothes, new supplies and new friends. But new friends can bring potential problems -- like lice! Younger children are prone to lice infestations, and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears demonstrates the latest treatment to get rid of the tiny mites.
Learn more about head lice and treatments for them.
7. New Job
A new job can be exhilarating, but it can be stressful as well. Brittney, a recent college graduate, recently started a new job as a 10th grade schoolteacher and reports she feels stressed and run-down.
Behavioral psychologist Deborah Rozman, Ph.D. demonstrates how the emWave by HeartMath, a device designed to monitor heart rate rhythm, can help manage stress. The more stressed and anxious a person, the more jagged and disordered his or her heart rhythm will be. The key is to re-set the heart rhythm into a smooth, coherent and ordered pattern.
"Focus on something you appreciate, something that you love," Dr. Rozman instructs. "Pretend like you're breathing through your heart."
"One of the easiest ways to deal with stress," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork adds, "is quite simply, breathing. Take nice, slow, deep breaths. I like to take a deep breath in, hold it for a few seconds, and then count to 10 as I let it out."
• Start slow, don't overdo it
• Learn how to use equipment properly
• Learn to make the right movements
• Always warm up before stretching
See Tosca's tips for starting a new fitness regimen.
4. New Computer
Some people become addicted to playing video games on their computer, "gaming" up to 16 hours per day. The disorder is called pathological computer use or Internet addiction, and China and South Korea have declared it the number one public health danger.
Ben, 19, recently underwent Internet rehab for his gaming addiction, and recalls his entire existence used to consist of gaming and sleeping.
If you suspect your teen may be at risk, check for the following warning signs:
• Heightened sense of euphoria on the computer
• Craving more time on the computer
• Neglecting family and friends
• Computer use interferes with job and/or school
• Change in sleep patterns
3. New Car
Hybrid cars are great for the environment, but are they great for your health? Hybrid cars have higher electromagnetic fields (EMFs) than ordinary cars, but Lawrence Gust, an EMR radiation safety advisor, says the jury is still out on whether people should worry about them or not.
Electromagnetic fields are generated by man-made sources such as electricity, radio waves and other forms of technology, as well as natural phenomena such as thunderstorms.
2. New Medications
CVS Pharmacist Jeff McClusky joins The Doctors to answer audience member Suzy's question about the risks of combining medications.
1. New Doctor
When you start seeing a new doctor, make sure to provide him or her with your complete medical history. Omissions from or inaccuracies in your records could put your health at risk.
"This goes for if you're going to see your primary doctor or a specialist," Dr. Travis says.
Organize your files in one notebook, such as the Medical.doc by Franklin Covey. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson recommends organizing your files and sending them ahead to your doctor's office before your first visit.
Tips for Seeing a New Doctor:
• Keep copies of your medical records
• Bring a list of your current medications
• Research your new doctor and his or her practice and/or affiliations
• Consult the doctor's references