We’re all a little sick.

One of my mentors in neurology at Yale was making a point to me as we were struggling to figure out how to help an intractable headache patient in clinic one day. Literally nothing helped this person. No standard treatment made any difference. All her tests were normal and she appeared totally normal, yet had […]

The migraine / anxiety connection.

A recent article in the journal Headache called  Untangling the Association Between Migraine, Pain, and Anxiety: Examining Migraine and Generalized Anxiety Disorders in a Canadian Population Based Study, looked at the association between generalized anxiety and migraine headaches. The DSM V definition of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is paraphrased as follows: Anxiety or worry over […]

Purpose in life associated with lower risk of stroke.

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Brothers Karamazov” Having a purpose in life turns out to play a significant part in health including reducing the risk of stroke. A purpose, a goal, a meaning, something to live for – […]

The risk of PTSD after a TIA

An article from Germany, published in the journal Stroke last year called Increased prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in patients after transient ischemic attack. looked at the important issue of PTSD after a TIA.  It truly can be a life-changing, scary event when the body suddenly malfunctions.  It’s easy for doctors and medical staff to […]

Anxiety and stressed linked to higher risk of Alzheimers

In an unusually long study, Swedish researchers followed 800 women between the ages of 38 and 54 for 38 years to see who among them developed dementia.  The purpose of the study, called Midlife personality and risk of Alzheimer disease and distress: a 38-year follow-up., was to determine how midlife anxiety and stress related to the […]