David Messenger MD


Suicidal Thoughts or Threats

Suicide occurs almost twice as often as murder. Each year, about 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide. In the U.S.: 1 Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24 and the second leading cause for people ages 25 to 34. Suicide rates have…

Anger, Hostility, and Violent Behavior

Anger signals your body to prepare for a fight. This reaction is commonly classified as “fight or flight.” When you get angry, adrenaline and other hormones are released into the bloodstream. Then your blood pressure goes up, your heart beats faster, and you breathe faster. Many people mistakenly believe that anger is…

Referred Shoulder Pain

Unexplained shoulder pain that does not change when you move your neck, shoulder, or arm or that occurs with symptoms elsewhere in your body (such as in your abdomen or chest) may be referred shoulder pain. Referred pain means that a problem exists somewhere else in the body other than where you feel the pain. Causes of…

Feeling Depressed

Covers when feelings of sadness or anxiety may indicate need for treatment for depression. Offers tips to help with depression. Explains emergency symptoms, like talk about suicide. Includes interactive tool to help you decide when to call a doctor.

Crying Child and Possible Abuse

Crying is a normal part of your child’s life. Stay as calm as possible during crying episodes. There are many different ways to approach your child’s crying, and over time you will understand your child’s needs and know how to care for him or her. A child’s crying can be very upsetting, especially when you are trying to…