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Easing the Burden of Living with Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see What You Can Do). It often takes time and patience to overcome. However, while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, an MGH expert points out that there are commonsense steps you can take that

Managing “Sundowning”

Sundowning is a common condition, or syndrome, among people with dementia, and is associated with some adverse outcomes, such as institutionalization, faster cognitive worsening, and greater caregiver burden, according to a study published in Frontiers in Medicine online Dec. 27, 2016. It is characterized by the worsening or emergence of

Newsbriefs: Dementia Risk; Chronic Pain; Naps

O-T-C Sleep, Allergy Aids linked to Greater Risk for Dementia.
People who routinely take a class of drugs called anticholinergics over the course of many years may be at higher risk for dementia than people who don’t take these drugs. Anticholinergics are used to treat such conditions as asthma, incontinence, intestinal

Head Off Chronic Stress to Preserve a Healthy Brain

Chronic stress is a toxin that damages both body and brain. Long-term exposure to the pressure, anxiety, and repeated fight-or-flight responses linked to stress has been shown to play a role in the development of physical ailments such as stroke, cardiovascular problems, asthma, immune suppression, inflammation, diabetes and rising levels

7. Sleep Hygiene and Sleep Strategies

What is Sleep Hygiene?
Sleep hygiene is the term specialists use for good habits that promote sleep. These include keeping regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time every day to keep your sleep schedule consistent. A nighttime

6. Other Sleep Stealers

Plenty of other factors can disrupt sleep. Traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, the effects of illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even taking it easy in your retirement are some of them. In many cases, simple steps can help restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
When

Chronic Fatigue Treatment: How to Get Your Energy Level Back on Track

Chronic Fatigue Treatment: How to Get Your Energy Level Back on Track

If you’re suffering from the syndrome known as chronic fatigue, treatment can vary—no surprise, considering that the condition itself is so mysterious. Before we get into management of chronic fatigue syndrome, consider the genesis of how we define it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bases its description of

‘Fractured’ Sleep = Trouble for the Brain

Trouble falling asleep, frequent nighttime awakenings, and waking too early in the morning may do more than cause frustration and fatigue. Recent research suggests that these types of sleep disturbance may actu-ally cause shrinkage of the brain—often a sign of cognitive decline.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
The following strategies may help reduce

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