Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Veterans: When Two Problems Collide

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. One of the largest groups of people who are diagnosed with PTSD consists of recent members of the U.S. military forces. Members of the military are also at risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, a publication of the American Medical Association, found a connection between TBI and PTSD. Continue reading

Which medications, tests, and treatments should you really get? Recommendations for “Choosing Wisely”

Jennifer Yttri, PhD August 2013   When it comes to our health we often want to know as much as possible. But sometimes there is just too much information on what to do to stay healthy. We get advertisements on … Continue reading

How Do You Recover From Rape?

After being sexually assaulted, it can be difficult to know where to turn for help. Several studies suggest that group therapy is more effective at reducing PTSD, anxiety, and depression than individual therapy. However, group therapy may not be the best choice for everyone. Find out what other forms of therapy are available so you can decide what is right for you or a loved one. Continue reading

All the Reasons You Need to Get Your Zs: The Health Risks of Not Getting Enough Sleep

Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause health problems beyond just feeling tired and worn out? Recent studies have found that lack of adequate sleep is related to weight gain, sexual problems, reduced concentration, mental health problems, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Seroquel, Abilify, Zyprexa, and Risperdal are Widely Used But With Dangerous Side Effects

For patients who suffer from depression or anxiety, it’s hard to know which medication is best. It seems everyday a new “wonder drug” is introduced, often costing 10 or 20 times as much as older medications. Things become even more confusing when doctors prescribe medications “off label.” One example is Seroquel. Not approved to specifically treat depression or anxiety, of what kinds of dangers should one be aware? Continue reading