As a former high school and college athlete and long-time advocate and professional diagnosing and treating individuals with varying degrees of traumatic brain injury (e.g., post-concussion), the time is right to further educate the public with regard to sports concussion. While sports concussion has been a chronic problem ranging from youth to professional sports, only recently has it gained such notoriety in the public media as well as through formal legislation. Continue reading “Use Your Head When Making Decisions About Sports Concussion!”
Continuing from my last Blog Brief of July 6, 2021, I pointed out some differences between normal daily thinking mistakes vs. dementia. Now the question-what tests can determine if a person is beginning to show cognitive signs of dementia? Our medical colleagues typically evaluate blood panels, radiological procedures (EEG, MRI, CT, etc.), and behavioral signs. Neuropsychologists evaluate the functional, cognitive/ thinking abilities of the patient.
In March 2020, US citizens were forced into a period of lockdown and isolation and–as a result–were forced to quickly redefine their “norm” and began to make sense of their new, drastically different lifestyles. While the pandemic has left a profound effect on all populations, it is critical that we work to keep children specifically on a path towards growth and success. Below are some general positive and negative impacts that COVID-19 has had on children, and moreover, how we can guide them and help them adjust.
Continue reading “Helping Children after COVID-19”
Autoimmune conditions currently affect over 23 million Americans. The most familiar conditions that receive attention, such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, and gastrointestinal/gut disorders (inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s), are usually marked by symptoms of pain or dysfunction in multiple regions of the body. What is often overlooked, however, is the finding that a large percentage of individuals with autoimmune conditions also experience elevated levels of depression, anxiety, stress, and brain fog. Continue reading “Intersections between Autoimmune Conditions and Mental Health”
As we forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing attention on the mental health ramifications of this public health crisis. There are legitimate reasons for this concern; depression rates tripled in the past year. Suicidal thinking and substance misuse increased 11% and 13% respectively since 2019. Based on prior findings that anxiety and posttraumatic stress symptoms skyrocketed after the SARS pandemic in 2002, we should expect that there will be emotional ripple effects from this pandemic for quite some time.
Continue reading “Psychological Well-Being & Immune Health: Lessons from COVID”
A dementia diagnosis for a family member can be very unsettling and worrisome. As grandparents and boomers continue to age, the diagnoses of dementias are unfortunately expected to increase. Here are some questions you might keep in mind when speaking to a physician or provider here at NRS|LS:
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