Have you ever felt panic attack symptoms brought on simply by being in an enclosed space—an airplane, a train heading into a tunnel, even the back seat of a car? If so, then you may already know that claustrophobia is a specific type of anxiety disorder. For some people, it’s
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Do you ever have wild visions or dreams that are extremely vivid and seem like real life just as you’re falling asleep? You may be experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations, a condition often associated with narcolepsy. In fact, hypnagogic hallucinations are among the four most common narcolepsy symptoms, along with sleep paralysis,
Q: A friend of mine takes an antidepressant that affects serotonin. What is serotonin, and what does it do?
A: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a chemical that transmits messages between neurons in the brain and to the central nervous system. Serotonin has been described as a “feel-good” neurotransmitter, since it is believed
Almost twice as many women as men suffer from depression, and about one in five women develop depression at some point in their lifetimes. However, many women do not seek help.
“Often, people don’t recognize that they may be suffering from depression,” says Susan Evans, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Clinical
If you’ve been feeling down in the dumps for an extended period of time, you may be suffering from depression. You’re not alone, as millions of other Americans experience this common disorder. The bright side is that there are a number of effective lifestyle strategies you can take to fight
Alzheimer’s disease treatment is, in many respects, still a question in search of a definitive answer. No Alzheimer medication can halt the forward progress of the disease or prevent its ultimate devastation on the lives of those who have it.
Yet Alzheimer dementia medications are available that can help relieve some
Many people look to fibromyalgia supplements for relief from widespread pain and accompanying fatigue. One of the top choices, 5-HTP benefits pain intensity, tenderness, stiffness, sleep quality, and more.
What is serotonin deficiency, and could it possibly be one of the underlying causes of your depression symptoms? Research shows the two are intricately linked!
Serotonin is an important chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to the other. It plays a key role in psychological functions and
Q: I’ve recently been experiencing occasional stabbing pain in my breasts. Might this be a sign of a serious problem?
A: Report the pain to your doctor, who can assess whether the pain you are experiencing is related to an underlying health problem. Assuming there isn’t one, it is likely that
The herb St. John’s wort has a 2,000-year tradition of use for depression, pain, and insomnia. It started to become popular in the late 1990s, when studies showed the herb worked as well as antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) at treating mild-to-moderate depression. St. John’s wort also had