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Manage Hypertension, Hypotension Safely to Lower Brain Health Risks

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you may be primarily concerned about your risk of cardiovascular disease or even a stroke. And while hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, it can also lead to brain health problems in other ways.

Psychiatrist Christopher Celano, MD, associate

8 Tips on How to Cure Depression

8 Tips on How to Cure Depression

If you’ve been feeling down in the dumps for an extended period of time, you may be suffering from depression. You’re not alone, as millions of other Americans experience this common disorder. The bright side is that there are a number of effective lifestyle strategies you can take to fight

Palliative Care Can Improve Your Quality of Life

When you hear the words “palliative care,” what comes to mind? If you said “hospice” or “terminal illness,” you have a common misconception about what palliative care is and how it can benefit patients.

“Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with chronic or serious illnesses with the goal of

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

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Has a friend ever bragged about how refreshed he feels after just four or five hours of sleep the night before? Do you know a child who resists going to bed at a reasonable hour because she “doesn’t feel tired?” Do you find yourself on an inconsistent schedule when it

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Full-blown alcohol addiction, commonly known as alcoholism, doesn’t happen all at once. Typically, alcohol abuse—a pattern of harmful drinking—begins the process. Abuse then progresses to dependency and addiction. The danger signs are well understood: They can provide a chance at early intervention, although problem drinkers face many challenges in overcoming

4. Battling Insomnia

Although insomnia is a common problem—literally, thousands of people suffer from it—not everyone experiences the same type of insomnia.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:

Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights and can be caused by worry, stress, grief, or another situation that affects us temporarily.
Long-term (chronic)

3. Common Sleep Disorders

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are by far the most prevalent sleep disorders, but they’re far from the only ones. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes 78 sleep disorders, which include restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and disorders that cause too much sleep (hypersomnia). Sleep

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