If you become very nervous, worried, fearful, or anxious when you think about or are in a certain scenario or situation, then you may have an anxiety disorder. These are mental health conditions in which anxiety and worry arise in response to a perceived danger. The perceived danger varies among
You have lack of motivation to participate in the things you love. You feel hopeless. You’re fatigued, unable to sleep well or concentrate. As a result, your relationships at home and work suffer. If you’re bogged down by a lack of motivation, don’t just chalk it up to boredom or
Doctors can’t yet cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD), although that is the ultimate goal of AD research. Treatments have advanced to the point where they can help manage some of the most troubling cognitive and behavioral symptoms, and make life easier for people with the condition, and their caregivers. New treatments
Despite decades of research and promising developments, there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. One or more of the drugs currently being tested may offer hope, but the results of those studies are still a few years away. In the meantime, there are drugs that can treat some of
The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to
Q: Are energy drinks safe for older adults? How do they affect the brain?
A: I’d recommend caution when it comes to these powerful pick-me-ups. Energy drinks such as 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy are loaded with caffeine and other stimulants. Most studies suggest consumption of two or more cans per
Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior, and physical health. As discussed earlier, people used to think it was “all in your head,” and that if you tried hard enough, you could “pull yourself out of it.” Doctors now know that depression is not a weakness;
If you’re like many men, you don’t like to ask for help. You have a do-it-yourself attitude that any problem can be fixed. That’s also the mindset that many men have when it comes to dealing with depression. In general, experts say, men simply don’t discuss sadness or other feelings.
If you feel sluggish and “down” when it’s cold and damp outside, your symptoms may signal seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that is triggered by the seasons, and manifests at about the same time every year. “After the switch to daylight savings time, as darkness falls earlier,
Q. How much sleep do I really need? I’ve heard so many conflicting theories.
A. Some people need way more sleep than others, but most people need between seven and eight hours a night to function at their best during the day. However, it seems too few people get the right