18 Things You Need To Know If You’re Falling In Love With A Narcissist

I don’t know when I became a self-aware narcissist. I mean, I probably was always the narcissist part, but the self-aware bit came one day when I said something self-deprecating and someone told me not to be so hard on myself.

My response was, “My self-deprecation is just another form of self-absorption.”

Epiphany time! Assured of my palatable form of narcissism, I patted myself on the back and then went to check the mirror to see if I looked wiser but hopefully not older. I looked the same but I still spent a while with my reflection.

I think most narcissists fall into the self-aware category with me. (I’m not special, even if I’m so special.) We’re the overthinkers, the navel-gazers, the writers, but we really do know that we can’t be all about us all the time. The problem is, sometimes it just happens.

It makes it hard to be in love with us, and you will fall in love with us. We’re dazzling but we aren’t monsters; we’re just messes (once you get to know us). And when it comes to finding someone who loves us, flaws and all (we do know we have them), we want you to stay in love with us.

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Tips For Nerve Protection During Chemo

By: Dr. Adam McLeod, ND, BSc (Hons)
A common side effect from chemotherapy is peripheral neuropathy which manifests as painful or uncomfortable symptoms in the peripheral nerves. It often manifests as pain, burning, tingling, loss of sensation, balance problems or sensitivity to temperature and touch. The significance of the symptoms varies depending on how badly the nerves were damaged from the drug. Usually the feet and hands are affected first but technically these concerns can manifest anywhere in the body. If left untreated this damage can be permanent.

There are some drugs such as paclitaxel which are well known to cause this uncomfortable side effect. When the oncology team discusses the different side effects of therapy, patients are often left with the impression that peripheral neuropathy is a normal side effect of chemotherapy. As a consequence when it starts happening, patients do not recognize it as a serious concern. What more patients need to be aware of is that if you are experiencing neuropathy then you must inform your oncologist and your oncology nurse so that the dose can be modified accordingly. Do not wait for them to tell you that you have neuropathy, you must take the initiative and inform them as soon as you experience these symptoms.

Many oncologists have this belief that the only way to prevent peripheral neuropathy is to reduce the dose of the drug causing this symptom. Of course modifying the dose is important to prevent damage to the nerves but there are many natural therapies which can help support nerve health as well. What is interesting about these natural supports is that they are well documented to make a substantial difference in some major studies published in the most mainstream oncology scientific journals.

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Alternative Therapies for Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia is a condition that is characterized by chronic pain in the locations of the lesser and greater occipital nerves. People with this condition experience pain in the upper neck, back of the head and behind the eyes. While many people choose to have back and neck injections along with several different medications, there are natural remedies that can help with the pain that this medical condition causes. Learn some of the alternative therapies for occipital neuralgia below!


Combining massage and bodywork techniques with acupuncture can help reduce a patient’s occipital headache. Research from a Chinese medicine hospital in Guangzhou showed that acupuncture plus acupoint-injection can be extremely effective for greater occipital neuralgia. Because acupuncture can help relieve inflammation, this is a great option to help relieve the “a permanent headache” many patients deal with.

Partake in Cranial Osteopathy

Victims who suffer from reoccurring headaches and migraines that never seem to go away usually benefit from this type of therapy. Cranial osteopathy consists of a head massage which manipulates the body and causes your cranial pressure to disperse. You can also do these cranial exercises at home along with other muscular relaxation exercises. Studies have shown that if you do them at least three times per week, the number of headaches and migraines you have will significantly decrease.

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Hepatitis a adult vaccine Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: pain at injection site and tenderness at injection site. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to hepatitis a adult vaccine: intramuscular injectable, intramuscular solution, intramuscular suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by hepatitis a adult vaccine. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking hepatitis a adult vaccine, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common:

  • Fever more than 99.5 degrees F
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

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Treatments, Myths, Tools and Tips Related to Dyslexia

Treatment for dyslexia typically consists of reading interventions and other educational tools and strategies. Medications are not used to treat dyslexia.

Scientists are still researching dyslexia to better understand the diagnosis. For example, last year, neuroscience student Emily Finn and her colleagues at the Yale University School of Medicine conducted a whole-brain functional connectivity analysis of dyslexia using functional magnetic resonance imaging. The results were reported in Biological Psychiatry.

Scans of children and adults with dyslexia were compared to typical readers in the same age groups – and there were widespread differences. Dyslexic readers showed decreased connectivity within their visual pathway – as well as between visual and prefrontal regions. They also showed reduced connectivity in the visual word-form area.

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The Risks of Not Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a progressive inflammatory disease that affects vertebrae in the spine and often the hip, knee, and shoulder joints, can be difficult to diagnose. Many of my patients come to me with symptoms such as back and hip pain and stiffness, which are similar to other forms of spinal arthritis or general chronic back pain conditions. Early symptoms of AS are often minor and, as a result, are ignored or attributed to other things such as overexertion or injury. But, the longer AS goes untreated, the more debilitating and widespread symptoms may become.

While some people have only mild, occasional back pain and stiffness, others develop severe mobility issues that impact their range of motion and ability to perform even the simplest task such as tying their shoes. Early diagnosis and treatment may help reduce symptoms and long-term complications, but if left untreated, AS may progress to the following conditions:

Limited Mobility and Spinal Deformity

AS causes inflammation in the spine, and if this inflammation goes untreated, the vertebrae in the spine can fuse together, impacting a person’s mobility and appearance. Depending on where the spine fuses and how severe it is, AS could result in a curved back or hunchback–or worse, the inability to lift your neck. In severe cases, the vertebrae in the neck can fuse together, leading to difficulty raising the head, eating, or even breathing. When this occurs, complex spinal surgery may be necessary.

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11 Signs You’ve Had Weight-Loss Surgery

I know I’m not Buzzfeed…but I thought this could be fun. You know those “10 Signs You Were Raised in the 1980s” and other fun articles? Hmmm…it makes me wonder. What would the signs be that you’ve had Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve Surgery? These are based on my years working with bariatric patients. I’d love to hear what you’d like to add!


1. Your co-worker heard a strange noise and doesn’t bat an eye…knowing it was your stomach.

Patients often ask me why their new pouch makes odd gurgling noises. It could be too big of bites or eating too quickly (careful, a culprit to hunger issues and even weight re-gain) It could also just be your stomach moving around and making noises for all to hear 🙂

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Multiple sclerosis: New technology improves cognition

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an often disabling neurological disease that affects one’s muscles, vision, mood, and concentration.

MS is estimated to affect anywhere between 250,000-350,000 people in the United States, and 200 new cases of MS are diagnosed each week.

While there is currently no cure for the condition, treatment options are available for reducing the symptoms. The most common therapy consists of steroid drugs, which have been shown to speed up recovery.

A new technology called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been recently shown to improve some of the symptoms of MS. The tDCS device was created by Marom Bikson, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering at The City College of New York, in collaboration and Abhishek Datta, Ph.D., the chief technology officer of Soterix Medical.

Researchers from New York University’s (NYU) Langone’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center conducted a feasibility study for tDCS, and the results were published in the journal Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface.

The team was led by Leigh E. Charvet, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and director of research at Langone’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center.

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6 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s

 With the passing of boxing great Muhammad Ali, Parkinson’s disease has made a return to the national spotlight. The “Louisville Lip” lived with Parkinson’s disease for 32 years, having been diagnosed at the relatively early age of 42. Most diagnoses come after age 60, but about 4% of diagnoses come before age 50. How was Ali diagnosed so early, and what signs should you watch out for in yourself or someone you love?

Diagnosing Parkinson’s
Some Parkinson’s diseases symptoms are well known, like the tremors from which Ali suffered. But Parkinson’s is often difficult to diagnose when it’s in its early stages, and no blood or imaging test can confirm if someone has the disease.

So how is Parkinson’s diagnosed? A doctor will take a medical history and look for signs. In addition to slow movement — aka bradykinesia – either stiffness or tremors must also be present. The doctor may also use a SPECT test that tracks the chemical dopamine in the brain. But your doctor needs to know to look for Parkinson’s, and that’s where you come in. Tell your doctor if you’ve noticed any of these early warning signs.

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5 Daily challenges for people who have Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a neurologic condition. The cause of Cerebral Palsy is either brain injury or brain malformation occurring during foetal development, at birth, or after birth while the brain is still developing. The actual brain damage does not progress, which differentiates Cerebral Palsy from other disabilities.

However, primary conditions can lead to secondary conditions. For example, 86 percent of those with Cerebral Palsy have an inability to control facial muscles. This can result in difficulty swallowing, breathing, or communicating; these are considered secondary conditions of Cerebral Palsy. This article discusses some of the secondary challenges that may come as a result of having Cerebral Palsy (CP) and tips on how to overcome these challenges.


Communication is something we rely on everyday and cerebral palsy can make it difficult for a child to communicate effectively. How much it affects them varies from child to child, as does the best way to handle it. Some individuals with CP are unable to communicate verbally, and may instead use signing, nonverbal cues such as facial expressions or gestures. With technology constantly changing, more and more options are opening up for people who need alternative communication means. Touch-pad devices, advanced hearing aid, and tablet-based communication devices can assist your child in communicating with you.

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