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    Good Night, And Good Luck

    Insomnia is a big problem–in more ways than one. First, there's the huge number of people affected by it. Then, there's the fallout from sleeplessness: damage to overall health and quality of life.

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    And making matters worse, a large number of insomniacs aren't getting help–even though poor sleep can be easily treated. According to a recent report by the National Institutes of Health, fewer than half of patients who suffer from insomnia have discussed their fragmented sleep with a physician. Part of the problem may be shorter office visits that don't leave physicians time to ask about sleep if the patient doesn't bring the issue up, the NIH report concluded.

    If you want to beat your insomnia, the first thing to do is to see your doctor.

    In the meantime, for more information on insomnia and other sleep problems, visit the following websites.

    National Sleep Foundation

    sleepfoundation.org

    Provides a comprehensive look at all aspects of sleep disturbance and related problems.

    American Insomnia Association

    americaninsomniaassociation.org

    Provides information on the causes of insomnia and detailed explanations of the various therapies to treat it.

    American Academy of Sleep Medicine

    sleepeducation.com

    This patient site covers a broad range of sleep problems and includes detailed descriptions of the latest studies on sleep.

    aasmnet.org/BSME

    The professional organization provides a list of sleep experts who have trained and been board certified in cognitive behavioral therapy by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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    The Insomnia Answer

    A Personalized Program for Identifying and Overcoming the Three Types of Insomnia

    By Paul Glovinsky, Ph.D., and Art Spielman, Ph.D. (Perigee, 2006)

    If you'd rather try to fix your sleep on your own, this book can walk you through the steps. Two sleep experts explain why sleep is so easily spoiled and why some people are more prone to insomnia than others. The authors describe the process of sleep consolidation–a therapy that works like glue to stick fragmented sleep back together. They tell the reader how to straighten out sleep patterns by changing bedtimes and rising times and how to implement lifestyle changes that promote sound sleep.

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    Assistance Directory

    HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

    ninds.nih.gov

    “The Brain Matters”

    AAN Foundation patients website

    thebrainmatters.org

    American Academy of Neurology Foundation

    neurofoundation.org

    ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

    Alzheimer's Association

    alz.org

    1-800-272-3900

    Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Service

    alzheimers.org

    1-800-438-4380

    Alzheimer's Foundation of America

    alzfdn.org

    1-866-232-8484

    EPILEPSY

    Epilepsy Foundation

    epilepsyfoundation.org

    1-800-332-1000

    Helping Paws of Seizure Dogs

    To find out more about Canine Assistants, the organization featured on page 27 in the article on seizure-response dogs, call 1-800-771-7221 or visit canineassistants.org. To find other organizations and trainers that offer seizure-response dogs, search the Delta Society's website at deltasociety.org.

    HEADACHE

    National Headache Foundation

    headaches.org

    1-888-NHF-5552 (1-888-643-5552)

    HUNTINGTON'S DISEASE

    Huntington's Disease Society of America

    hdsa.org

    212-242-1968

    MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society

    nationalmssociety.org

    1-800-FIGHT-MS (1-800-344-4867)

    Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

    msaa.org

    1-800-532-7667

    NEUROMUSCULAR DISEASES

    ALS Association

    alsa.org

    1-800-782-4747

    Muscular Dystrophy Association

    mda.org

    1-800-FIGHT-MD (1-800-344-4863)

    PAIN

    American Pain Foundation

    painfoundation.org

    1-888-615-PAIN (1-888-615-7246)

    Neuropathy Association

    www.neuropathy.org

    212-692-0662

    PARKINSON'S DISEASE

    National Parkinson Foundation

    parkinson.org

    1-800-327-4545

    Parkinson's Disease Foundation

    pdf.org

    1-800-457-6676

    Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

    michaeljfox.org

    1-800-708-7644

    STROKE

    American Stroke Association

    strokeassociation.org

    1-888-4-STROKE (1-800-478-7653)

    National Stroke Association

    stroke.org

    1-800-STROKES (1-800-787-6563)

    TRAUMA

    Brain Injury Association of America

    biausa.org

    1-800-444-6443

    National Spinal Cord Injury Association

    spinalcord.org

    1-800-962-9629

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    Fight Insurance Denials

    If you've been denied coverage for needed medical services, following are some places you can go for help navigating the insurance maze (as covered in the article on page 36):

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    Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness

    advocacyforpatients.org

    860-674-1370

    Medicare Rights Center

    medicarerights.org

    212-204-6219

    Alliance of Claims Assistance Professionals

    claims.org

    1-800-304-0531

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    Listening to Depression

    Science keeps transforming outdated notions of depression from an illness of the mind to a disease of the brain. Not only are MRI scans allowing researchers to see exactly how the brain malfunctions, but also, as our story on page 30 shows, neurosurgeons are now reaching into the brain to treat depression at its source.

    For more information about depression, visit these websites:

    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, dbsalliance.org, 1-800-826-3632

    National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, nami.org, 1-800-950-6264

    National Institute of Mental Health, nimh.nih.gov, 1-866-615-6464

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    Against Depression

    By Peter D. Kramer, M.D. (Penguin, 2006)

    Over a decade after his landmark bestseller Listening to Prozac revolutionized how we think about antidepressants, the famed psychiatrist defi nitively refutes the romantic notion of “heroic melancholy” with what he calls “an insistent argument that depression is a disease to be opposed wholeheartedly.” Exploring the gap between societal perceptions and scientifi c understanding of depression, he walks readers through groundbreaking research that confirms its status as a devastating disease of the brain.

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    ©2006 American Academy of Neurology