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Agnosias — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

An agnosic person can see and hear normally, and seems to think and speak adequately, but cannot recognize someone or something he or she once knew.

Alcoholism — The Dana Guide

June, 2009

A disease defined by the compulsive use of alcohol to the point that it interferes with work or personal life or impairs health

Alzheimer’s Disease — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

Alzheimer’s disease evolves slowly, with occasional plateaus. Memory loss is usually one of the first noticeable symptoms.

Amnesias — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

Amnesia refers to a significant and selective impairment of a person’s memory, either in learning new information or in remembering the past.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the renown baseball player who died of the condition in 1936.

Anxiety and Panic — The Dana Guide

June, 2009

Anxiety is a normal human emotion, but at times can become abnormal and harmful.

Apraxias — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

We use our arms and legs most often to carry out tasks, so apraxias are most apparent when they interfere with limb movement.

Ataxia — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

To outsiders, a person suffering from ataxia may seem drunk: reeling unsteadily, slurring his or her speech, and making uncoordinated hand gestures.

Attention and Motivation — The Dana Guide

November, 2007

Motivation and attention are controlled by the prefrontal cortex, which is to the rest of the brain what a conductor is to the orchestra.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

A family of chronic neurobiological disorders that interfere with people’s capacity to attend to tasks, regulate their activity, and inhibit their behavior in ways appropriate to their ages and circumstances.

Autism — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

Autism is a disorder in brain development that becomes apparent in earliest childhood.

Autonomic Disorders — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

Given how many parts of the nervous system control the visceral organs, and the many functions of the autonomic system, it is not surprising that problems with this system can show up in many ways.

Back Pain and Disk Disease — The Dana Guide

March, 2007

A look at disk herniation, spondylosis, cervical spondylotic myelopathy, and lumbar spinal stenosis.

Basic Brain Care — The Dana Guide

October, 2007

Although the development and organization of the brain are amazingly complex, taking care of it is really quite simple.

Basic Drives: Eating, Sleeping, and Sex — The Dana Guide

November, 2007

While eating, sleeping, and sex are basic drives, our activities based on these drives are quite complex.