What is a “personality disorder”

I keep reading news reports about the Sandy Hook shootings that describe the shooter as having a “personality disorder”. No explanation is given and no effort is made to enlist the help of mental health professionals to define “personality disorder”. Here is my attempt to provide that much-needed explanation. Read More …

Natural Remedies for Migraine Prevention

Many medications used to prevent migraines come with some serious side effects. Patients complain of memory loss, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, tingling of hands and feet, mood swings, depression, and much more. Some of preventives can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels, trigger seizures, cause weight gain or loss, kidney problems, liver problems, Read More …

The Fairy & Pixie War

I’ve angered the Migraine Fairies and Cluster Pixies. My end-of-the-month positive Facebook post (50% decline in “headache days”) prompted a 2-day protest. They gate-crashed the party in my head and tried to trash the place. In earlier days I might have tried to appease the pesky critters and ply them with offerings of remorse. Not Read More …

Coping with disappointment

Given the narrow margin of victory in many of yesterday’s elections, at least half of all Americans are experiencing disappointment today. No one likes to lose. It is human nature to emphasize our opponent’s weakness and over-estimate our team’s strengths. We want to win. When we lose, we might experience negative emotions and begin to Read More …

Muscle Dysfunction as Migraine Trigger

Did you know that muscle tension can trigger a migraine attack? Neither did I until just a few weeks ago. Technically the diagosis is Cervicogenic Headche, a secondary headache disorder that has a lot of features similar to Tension-Type headaches. Apparently it is common to experience more than one type of headache disorder and each Read More …

Physical Therapy

I started physical therapy today. It was not at all what I expected. I was prepared for a lot of bending, stretching, and lifting. That’s not at all what I got. It was closer to massage therapy than exercise…but still painful. Think of it like this… Imagine you are lying on your back and someone Read More …