About the Author

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek served as 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. Jimison Vitek 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.

Articles by Susan Jimison Vitek

Memory Improvement Games: Train Your Brain

Regularly engaging in memory improvement games, training exercises that help you practice specific cognitive abilities (e.g., attention or processing speed), seems to protect against memory loss better than memory strategies alone. So as we get older, it's important to keep our minds moving. Memory Improvement Games, Tips, Advice Cognitive training … Read More

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia? The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of … Read More

Finding the Best Antidepressants for Anxiety

People who struggle with feelings of anxiety frequently turn to medications to help ease their symptoms. However, the large number of medications and their varying characteristics can sometimes make it challenging to find the one most likely to restore normal mood with a minimum of side effects. We asked a … Read More

Dementia Types: Irreversible and Reversible Dementia

Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called "reversible dementias." Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, "Is dementia hereditary?"—can be caused by family genes. Let’s look at reversible dementia first. It’s … Read More

What Causes Dementia?

Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they're trying to learn the process associated with the condition's onset. What are they learning? That there's a multifactorial process associated with AD, and that it's triggered by a combination of … Read More
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