Author Archives: Rachel Despres

Psychosis: 6 Symptoms of a Psychotic Episode

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The National Alliance on Mental Health characterizes psychosis as “disruptions to a person’s thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for them to recognize what is real and what isn’t.” It is not a illness in its own right, but rather a symptom of mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Each year, approximately   …Continue Reading


Looking at 6 Important Facts About Strabismus

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Also known as crossed-eyes, walleye or squint, the American Optometric Association defines strabismus as “a condition in which both eyes do not look at the same place at the same time.” The condition—which is present in approximately 4 percent of the American population—may be a persistent issue or occur intermittently. Strabismus may not always affect   …Continue Reading


6 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease—a chronic and progressive brain disorder that causes loss of muscle control—affects nearly one million people in the United States alone. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation says the disease involves “the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain,” many of which produce dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for controlling movement and coordination.   …Continue Reading


7 Natural Home Remedies to Soothe a Rash

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Whether caused by an allergic reaction, eczema, or coming into contact with an irritant such as poison ivy, rashes often cause skin inflammation and are a source of uncomfortable, persistent itching. While over-the-counter remedies such as hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion can be effective, save yourself a trip to the drugstore by trying one of   …Continue Reading


5 Things to Know About Exploding Head Syndrome

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Imagine curling up in bed, just about to doze off when…BANG—you hear a loud noise that startles you awake again, feeling frightened and distressed. This is a common occurrence for those with exploding head syndrome (EHS), who imagine loud noises just before falling asleep or when they wake up during the night. Those with the   …Continue Reading


Dyspnea: 8 Common Causes of Shortness of Breath

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Feeling unable to catch one’s breath is something most everyone experiences at some point, often due to having overexerted the body physically. This is known as temporary dyspnea, because the shortness of breath dissipates quite quickly. This is not always the case, however, as dyspnea often occurs due to other health problems. Whether it occurs   …Continue Reading


9 Types of Dementia That Aren’t Alzheimer’s

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Although “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are often used interchangeably, they are not, in fact, the same thing. According to Healthline.com, dementia is “an overall term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, performance of daily activities, and communication abilities.” While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of   …Continue Reading


Myopia: Taking a Closer Look at the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Nearsightedness

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Defined as “the gradual or rapid decline of your eyes’ ability to focus on far away objects,” nearsightedness (or myopia, as it is medically known) affects approximately 25 percent of the American population. Nearsightedness is a refractive error, which, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, means that the eye “does not bend or refract   …Continue Reading


Paresthesia: 8 Possible Reasons for Experiencing Chronic Numbness

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Paresthesia is the medical term for the pins and needles numbing that many experience on occasion. People will often refer to this as their arm or leg having ‘fallen asleep.’ While this sensation most often occurs because of pressure put on a nerve, it is typically temporary and does not require any medical treatment. If   …Continue Reading


Myalgia: 6 Common Reasons for Experiencing Muscle Pain

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Better known as muscle pain, myalgia is a kind of musculoskeletal discomfort that affects almost everyone at some point throughout his or her life. Most commonly, it occurs due to tension, injury or overuse. Those aren’t the only explanations for myalgia, however. The Mayo Clinic says that systemic muscle pain (pain throughout the whole body)   …Continue Reading