As the Summer takes hold, people often find their mood improves, particularly if they suffer from depression. In fact, one type of depression—seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—is believed to be triggered by Winter weather. It’s thought that reduced sunlight may decrease the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that has a soothing
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is an extremely common condition that affects about seven percent of all Americans. The condition imposes an enormous burden on people who suffer from it, impacting their everyday social and occupational lives, to the extent that the mere anticipation of an event—such as eating or drinking
Depression—a mood disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives—is a complex mental health condition that comes in a variety of forms, each with distinct characteristics. Whether mild or severe, depression in anyone should be addressed.
“The concept of ‘depression’ is actually a broad
In the world of medicine, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease. The first controlled study that validated the symptoms of fibromyalgia was published in 1981, and the American Pain Society issued the first treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia in 2005.
What is fibromyalgia? Lisa Witkin, MD, a pain medicine specialist at Weill
Frontal lobe dementia or frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represents a unique group of neurodegenerative disorders that account for approximately 10 percent of all cases of dementia and tend to occur in people between the ages of 45 and 64. The symptoms of each disorder can vary, depending on the part of
Women comprise about half of the estimated 5.1 million people in the United States living with heart failure. Like their male counterparts, many women are surprised at the diagnosis and worry about their future. Will they become disabled? Will they die?
The fact is, modern medical advances and lifestyle measures enable
There is a greater than 70 percent chance that you will have lower back pain in your lifetime, so it’s smart to be prepared and to know what action to take if and when it occurs.
The two most common causes of pain in the lower back include osteoarthritis (OA) and
Have you experienced cataract symptoms? Typically, they involve cloudy spots that form on the eye’s clear lens. The spots consist of protein and water; as you age, the proteins clump together, causing the lens to cloud and turn yellow.
While cataracts may not show up in younger people, the process in
A dopamine deficiency can be effectively treated by using a number of dopamine supplements. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry in the year 2000 reported that people with clinical depression have significantly lower brain levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about dopamine’s role in mood
If you suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating these headaches and their associated symptoms can be.
Migraine affects more than 10 percent of people worldwide. Roughly one-third of migraine sufferers expe-rience what is known as an “aura,” a visual disturbance that appears as flashing lights, zigzag lines, or a temporary