Fear and anxiety about a new disease and its repercussions can cause overwhelming emotional responses to the people affected. In the case of CoVID-19, we are ALL affected. Our way of life, our freedom, our daily functions, really it’s been everything. Social distancing and other public health actions are necessary to reduce the spread of… Continue reading The Stress of a Pandemic
Is 2020 over yet? Well, we are more than halfway to 2021 thankfully, and it probably can’t come sooner our mental health may just depend on it. The riots made us forget about COVID-19 for about a week, and with phase 3 underway, it’s refreshing to see more people walking around and eating outside. Just remember, social distancing should still be practiced and PLEASE let’s continue to wear a mask.
May is Mental Health month, and it has never been more important than this year in the midst of our global pandemic. Historically resources and information have focused on the one in five individuals who have a mental health concern in any given year. However, this year IS different. In 2020, we are all struggling with a ‘common enemy.’
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.
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.
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.
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.