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OCD: Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common form of anxiety disorder marked by uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to engage in repeated behaviors or rituals (compulsions). OCD will affect 2.3 percent of adults in their lifetime. Research by the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) revealed that approximately 1.2 percent … 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

The Loss of Sense of Smell: Here’s Why It Matters

Don’t sniff a the loss of sense of smell. Besides a connection to dementia, there are health and nutrition factors that make hyposmia (reduction), parosmia (distortion), or anosmia (complete loss) worth investigating. There are a number of benign—albeit annoying—reasons you don’t smell well, but a connection to dementia may make … Read More

Seizures: Causes, Triggers, and Treatments

A seizure is one of those scary things that most of us don't really know much about. But if you or a loved one have seizures or are epileptic, you can work with your doctor to determine the underlying cause and choose the best treatment. What Is a Seizure? In … Read More

Address Sleep Disorders to Feel Better and Improve Your Health

Sleep deficiency—not getting enough restful sleep—is associated with many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Some people are able to correct a sleep disorder by improving their sleep habits and environment, but for those who continue to have sleep problems, a sleep disorder … Read More

How Is Depression Diagnosed?

If you think you might be suffering from depression, the only way to know for sure is to see a doctor or mental health professional. Once you’ve made that important first step, your first question may well be: “How is depression diagnosed?” The process starts with a doctor or mental … Read More

Vertigo: Symptoms Call for Screening and Treatment

What is vertigo? It’s caused by vestibular (balance) system disorders that originate in the inner ear, where balance is regulated. Vertigo symptoms can lead you to three types of the condition: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): This occurs when tiny calcium crystals in the utricle (one of the structures of … Read More

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