Tag: affective disorder

Ask the Doctor: PTSD; Changing Sleep Patterns; Language of Mental Illness

Q: I’ve always thought post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that affects veterans who have been in combat. But after surviving a terrible car accident two years ago, I’m having trouble sleeping and I’m often thinking about the dangers of being on the highway. Could I have PTSD?

A: You’re right that

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

10 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:

Depression or anxiety
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable

Cold Weather Can Affect Your Heart Health

You likely spend much of the winter season worrying about seasonal flu, but recent research underlines the fact that your heart health also is vulnerable when the mercury falls. The study suggests that cool, windy, and dark winter days may raise the risk of heart attack.

For the study (JAMA Cardiology,

Holiday Depression: 6 Strategies for Battling the Blues

Holiday Depression: 6 Strategies for Battling the Blues

Do you watch the holidays approach with a creeping sense of dread? Maybe you don’t get along with family members, or maybe you don’t have any family at all. Perhaps death, divorce, and disagreements made past get-togethers with loved ones a living hell. Or maybe you simply cannot tolerate the

6. Nighttime Sleep Thieves

Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
When

8. Helping Yourself

Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking

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