Demoralization in Parksinson’s Disease

Demoralization is a psychological state characterized by helplessness, hopelessness and a sense of failure.  It often but not always goes along with depression.  We know that depression is common in people with Parksinson’s disease, as with other chronic disabling conditions.  A recent article finds the not surprising fact that people with Parkinson’s often also have […]

The sleep – depression link.

If you’re a parent of an infant that needs fed every couple hours, or a doctor on overnight call in a busy hospital you may understand sleep continuity disruption.  I’ve been both (though my devoted wife was usually the one up through the night with my hungry kiddo.) There is a clear association between insomnia […]

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 […]