As a neurologist covering neurological cases in the hospital, daily life has changed. In the earlier part of this year even, my career was fairly stable and routine. I would wake up early to get ready for work – shower, brush my teeth, get dressed, eat breakfast, kiss my family, and then head to the hospital.
This is a story familiar to all of us during the winter. Frequency and duration can vary but at some point in time, everyone seems to get sick. Whether it’s a tickle in the throat, a mild headache, or just feeling run down, the common cold is very difficult to avoid.
Injuries to the head are very common, unfortunately. From athletes of all ages, work place accidents, fender benders, and head butts from grandchildren while rough housing, I have seen all sorts of head injuries that resulted in a stereotypical constellation of symptoms in my neurology practice.
There has been a lot in the news regarding Ketamine and its use and potential benefits in a variety of mood disorders,- including major depressive disorders. This includes a 2017 article in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggesting Ketamine may be effective in treating suicidality, and subsequently hundreds of articles both in the lay press and medical press have emerged.
Headaches are almost ubiquitous. You talk to your neighbors or family members and, more than likely, almost one quarter of them will have migraine headaches. These severe headaches are bad enough, but some people even have chronic migraines, which are defined by the International Headache Society as fifteen or more headache days per month.
Who could use more sleep? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who would say no to that question. I think as a whole, most of us are sleep deprived, whether it is lack of time to sleep or just poor quality. Sleep is very important for brain function. I like to think of sleep as the reset button for your brain.
The sun is shining. The temperature is warm. No clouds can be seen in the sky. And you have plans to meet with friends at the beach. Sounds like the potential for a great day, right? But if you suffer from depression, despite the sunny blue skies, you tend to always have a cloud over you.
Headaches are ubiquitous. I have never met someone who has never had a headache in their life. As a neurologist, I see a lot of patients specifically for this disorder. The World Health Organization estimates that about 50-75% of adults in the world aged between 18-65 years have had headaches in the past year, and 30% of those individuals have had migraines specifically.
Everyone gets stressed, right? Just a fact of life when you work hard for a living. Burnout is a condition you may experience when under long term stress in your workplace. While normal stress is short-term, often relating to a looming deadline or a temporarily busy period, burnout is far more sneaky.