As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these
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Chronic pain—a condition that exists when pain lasts three months or more—affects 25-30 percent of Americans. It is more common in older adults, men, and Caucasians. It is not life-threatening, but if not treated it can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Different Than Acute Pain
Acute pain might be caused by surgery,
If you find yourself tired all the time, you may suspect a sleep disorder. And while that’s a wise place to start, there may be other reasons for your daytime tiredness.
“Fatigue and sleepiness are two different things,” explains clinical psychologist Jennifer Martin, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at
What is CBD oil? It’s derived from cannabidiol (CBD), one of more than 60 compounds derived from the cannabis family of plants (Cannabis sativa); hemp and marijuana are others in the family. CBD is just one of a family of chemicals known as the cannabinoids, shown to have anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic,
An estimated 80 million Americans spend their days and nights coping with chronic pain that has lasted for six months or more. For many, these persistent throbs and aches negatively affect their mood, quality of life, and ability to function from day to day. Prescription drugs are one approach to
Q. I have suffered from migraines most of my adult life. Do migraines increase the risk for cognitive decline?
A. A recent study may put your mind at ease about the long-term cognitive effects of migraines. Researchers tracked 286 migraine sufferers for nine years and compared scans of their brains with
Q: What is cryotherapy, and is it an approved treatment for any medical conditions?
A: In medical terminology, “cryotherapy” is the use of very low temperatures to treat injury and disease. For example, putting an ice pack on a sore back is one form of cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy, also sometimes referred to as
If you have osteoarthritis (OA) in your hips, you’re probably aware that having your hip joints replaced may be in your future. However, for some patients, joint preservation may be a better option.
“When determining the best treatment option, the factors that are considered are age, sex, and whether or not
Feeling depressed can happen after any type of surgical procedure, and many doctors don’t warn patients of the possibility, according to geriatrician Michelle Eslami, MD, UCLA Medical Center. Postsurgical depression can be the result of chronic pain, reactions to pain medications, anesthesia, facing one’s mortality and the physical and emotional
It’s a term that’s bandied about frequently these days, but you might wonder, “Exactly what is mindfulness?” At its core, it’s the ability to stay present in moment. That means being able to focus, and to be aware of what’s happening right now.
For example, right now, you’re reading these words.