What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

Share List Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head, such as a bump, blow, jolt or wound that breaks through the skull, causes damage to the brain that disrupts normal functioning. The damage can cause bruising, swelling or tearing of brain tissue and may be focal, confined to one […]

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Share List For most of us, the sadness that comes with watching the days begin to shorten and the temperatures start to drop, as summer gives way to fall, is tempered with anticipation for the holiday season trifecta; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For some, however, this time of year kicks off seasonal affective disorder (SAD), […]

What is Non-Traumatic Brain Injury?

Share List Brain injuries are not uncommon. Almost 2 million people in the U.S. sustain some type of new brain injury each year, and over five million live with the after-effects of brain injury. These numbers include both types of brain injury: traumatic brain injury (TBI) and non-traumatic brain injury (NTBI), also called acquired brain […]

What is Dementia?

Share List Dementia is a term that describes a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is not a specific disease or condition but, rather, an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 60 to 80 percent of those diagnosed with dementia, is a […]

What is Alztheimer’s?

Share List Alzheimer’s: What is it? Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, is a brain disorder that progressively destroys memory and thinking skills, ultimately resulting in the inability to carry out even the simplest tasks. Currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., more recent research suggests that it […]

History of Electroshock Therapy: Does It Even Work?

Share List Electroshock therapy, now known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) consists of a finely controlled electric current being transmitted through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and a muscle relaxer to minimize effects of the seizure. ECT is believed to cause changes in brain chemistry and is, […]

What is a Phobia?

Share List Phobias are a relatively common type of anxiety disorder that manifests in an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of objects or situations that, in actuality, pose little real danger. The long-lasting and intense physical and psychological reactions can result in severe avoidance behavior and affect an individual’s ability to function, especially in any type […]

Misdiagnosis: What is it?

Share List What is a Misdiagnosis? “Diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or delayed are believed to affect 10 to 20 percent of cases, far exceeding drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which have received considerably more attention.” Washington Post A misdiagnosis is an inaccurate, incomplete or delayed diagnosis […]