Drinking is a norm in our society. With the holidays, this is a very common thing to do with friends and family. It’s definitely possible to have fun without drinking (I like Red Bull) but drinking is a CNS depressant and causes a feeling of relaxation.
Recreational marijuana was legalized on January 1, 2020, making Illinois the 11th state in the country to do so. Purchasers of marijuana must be 21 years old and can buy marijuana with or without a medical card. At this time, only dispensaries equipped to sell medical marijuana are allowed to sell recreational marijuana.
Neurodegenerative disorders are abundant but treatments are far and few between. These disorders are highly associated with the detrimental effects of reactive oxygen species from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the imbalance of the creation and elimination of reactive oxygen species or free radicals that results in damage to cells, organs, and the body. The…
When an individual suffers from depression, chronic pain, and other related illnesses it may be beneficial to receive ketamine infusion treatments. This therapy is considered an alternative based treatment to traditional medications with long-lasting side effects.
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.
Most people who have migraines also experience nausea and vomiting during an attack, but what if that connection goes deeper – into the gut? What if there is a link between migraine and gut health and by taking care of your gut you may be able to better manage your migraine? Some doctors are now…
According to studies, Seventy-five percent of all Americans are dehydrated EVERY day. Although the study showed that most people had, in fact, drank 8 glasses of fluids per day, they still had net fluid loss, leading to chronic dehydration. This is due to the domination of caffeinated beverages (Too much Starbucks, Alcohol consumption (Too much…
Alcohol can be a good thing and a bad thing. In moderation, according to the Mayo Clinic, there is some evidence that it can help lower your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. Their definition of moderate drinking is one alcoholic beverage per day for women of all ages and men older than 65 years or two alcoholic beverages per day for men younger than 65 years.
We see a lot of patients with chronic disease in clinic. Most of our patients have depression as well, that they attribute to their chronic disease. We are not psychiatrists, and don’t manage antidepressants, but we do have to be aware of side effects and potentially dangerous drug interactions with medications we may prescribe or…
Ketamine and Suicide: How an anesthetic, once used recreationally is breaking the mold and saving lives. Could this be the cure for depression you’ve been looking for?
Suicide. It’s not a dirty word. But you’ve likely heard it spoken more times than you’d like. You may have even uttered those words yourself in the depths of despair? Known someone close to you, who experienced suicidal thoughts? Perhaps you’ve even supported someone going through a deep and dark depression, feeling lost and broken. Feeling as though it was their only escape.
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.
You wake up and it hits you. Dry mouth. Opening your eyes makes you flinch – it’s just too bright. And when you do sit up, how is it that you feel hungry and sick at the same time? How many drinks did you have last night? And why didn’t you drink more water? Hangovers…
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.
This is a summary of Guidelines on the Use of Intravenous Ketamine Infusions for Chronic Pain from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists July 2018.
Did you know depression alone can cause what looks just like dementia? When not controlled, depression can cause memory problems, poor concentration, personality type changes, sleep issues, apathy, etc. And not just major depression. You want to make sure you’re recognizing and then treating even milder depressed moods, as it can lead to major depression if not addressed and treated. I also count stress and anxiety into this group.
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.
Your partner or friend has said they’re worried about you. Maybe you can’t stop reliving the traffic accident you were in a few months back. You’re struggling with mood swings and low self-esteem. Or you’re avoiding social situations, and spending more time on your own – concentrating solely on work, and spending all your free time watching Netflix. Does this sound familiar?
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is something all women know. PMS is characterized by the presence of both physical and behavioral symptoms. The most common behavioral symptom is mood swings. Other frequent symptoms include irritability, anxiety, depression, and diminished interest in activities. The most common physical symptoms are bloating and extreme fatigue. Hot flashes, dizziness, and breast tenderness are not uncommon. PMS has been associated with decreased work productivity, increase in work absences, and increase in visits to the hospital.
Depression, or Major Depressive disorder (MDD), is a common mental health disorder in the USA. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 7.1% of all US adults, or 17.3 million people, had an episode of depression in 2017. The prevalence of depression was higher among females and highest in individuals between 18-25 years old.
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.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. We have to continue to shed light on mental health just like we would any other medical based illness. Just like any organ of the body that may need treatment, the heart, the lungs, so does the brain.
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.
The flights are booked, the hotel reservations made, and you’ve planned the itinerary – or embraced the lack of one! You’re looking forward to the soft sand and blue waves. Except… you’re looking in the mirror and you don’t like what you see.
Dementia is a very scary topic. Whether it is your own mind or a loved one, losing one’s memory can be difficult to handle. Unfortunately, there are no cures, and traditional medicine is not as effective as we would hope. Memory loss can be confusing. Even when I was in neurology residency training, it was…
It’s spring, and you’re probably thinking about all the traveling you’d like to do now that the warm weather is finally here. Or you’re looking forward to enjoying a drink, while sitting outside in the sun with friends. You could even be considering an exotic getaway, sipping cocktails by the pool or beach. Sounds blissful.