About the Author

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek is Executive Editor of Mind, Mood, & Memory, a monthly publication sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston that focuses on the latest developments in mental health. Her regular interviews with outstanding Harvard researchers and medical experts have covered a variety of topics associated with the brain, including mood disorders such as depression, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, nutrition, mental stimulation, the brain benefits of exercise, and more. Jimison Vitek is an experienced journalist who has focused on health issues for a variety of publications, including major national newspapers. Over the years, her writing and editing career has encompassed projects ranging from reporting for national health agencies and pharmaceutical companies to authoring a diet book and documenting the progress of innovative programs for the New York City criminal justice and social service systems.

Articles by Susan Jimison Vitek

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Should We Worry About Metals and Brain Health?

The brain’s blood-brain barrier (BBB), a densely packed layer of cells lining the interior of cerebral blood vessels, is capable of protecting brain tissue from viruses, bacteria, parasites, and many chemical toxins. But the BBB is not perfect: It is vulnerable to influxes of heavy metals such as lead, iron,

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PTSD: Hidden Consequence of Health Problems Such as Stroke

About 20 percent of people exposed to a threatening experience such as automobile accident, a violent crime, or physical or sexual abuse, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The mental health condition, which is characterized by high levels of anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts about the event, and emotional numbing, can

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Left-Brain, Right-Brain Personality? No Such Thing!

A new study involving analysis of brain scans of more than 1,000 people has called into question the long-held view that individuals tend to use one side of their brain more than the other, with observable effects on their personality. The now discredited theory held that people’s brains have dominant

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6 Ways to Ensure Your Independence As You Age

A new study has found that today’s older Americans can expect to live an average of two years longer in good health than previous generations. The gains suggest that older people are finding ways to add to the number of years they can live independently, a major goal of the

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Do-It-Yourself Techniques to Improve Your Mood

According to the latest federal figures, about nine percent of U.S. adults are currently wrestling with depression, and more than 10 percent are coping with serious anxiety. These estimates include not only people with serious disorders, but also those whose day-to-day symptoms may not fulfill the diagnostic criteria for mental

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Avoid Holiday Sleep Deprivation

If you want to maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season, don’t let your celebrations interfere with your sleep. That’s the message of recent research that has linked sleep loss with a number of negative cognitive and emotional consequences.

The studies suggest that changes in routines and behavior that go along