"At least eight licorice compounds are monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)," according to Dr. James A. Duke in his book The Green Pharmacy. MAOIs are compounds capable of potent antidepressant action. From a prescription medication perspective, "MAOIs were the first type of antidepressant developed. They are effective, but they have generally been replaced by antidepressants that are safer and cause fewer side effects. Use of MAOIs typically require diet restrictions because they can cause dangerously high blood pressure when taken with certain foods or medications. Despite the side effects, these medications are still a good option for some people. In certain cases, they relieve depression

How being Defensive Blocks Communication

There are certainly times when defending yourself and standing up for yourself is necessary. Being assertive allows you to communicate your needs to others and can set standards for the way you allow yourself to be treated. However, there are certainly times when being defensive can block a healthy dialogue. When referring to communication, according to the dictionary defensive means, "very anxious to challenge or avoid criticism. Self-justifying, oversensitive, prickly, paranoid, neurotic and uptight." Being defensive can cause what started out as asking for clarification to become a big brawl. It can leave you feeling constantly on the edge and even without your awareness, in constant atta

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