Recently I helped a family find a private care home for their mother who was in her mid 80's, living in a large assisted living facility and suffering from dementia, depression and loneliness. Her depression and loneliness had come on suddenly and she was talking about not wanting to live any longer. Her doctor had told the family that her dementia was progressing and made the suggestion that she move to a smaller care home where she would have more one-on-one attention. During my evaluation with "Mom", I noticed that she was overly emotional and confused. The family and I realized that it was possible that her medications may not have been appropriately monitored or that she might need an adjustment, but I also pointed out that due to her emotional and mental state at the time of my visit, the family should have her checked out for a urinary tract infection and dehydration.
Certainly the biggest concern for most parents of ADHD children is finding the safest and most effective treatment method possible. One would think that once the initial diagnosis confirmed the presence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder the path would be clear cut from that point on. Sadly, this is not the case. There are truly as many different treatment options, including alternative medicine for ADHD, as there are symptoms. The primary symptoms are inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity followed by a long list of secondary symptoms including anticipation of failure, worry, boredom, loss of motivation, frustration, low self esteem, sleep disturbances, and hopelessness.
I was recently stumped by the question, "How does a person get to where you are now from where you were in the psych ward?" I actually have an answer to that question. What stumped me was the question behind the question: "How do I get my bipolar daughter into treatment?" It is a great irony of bipolar disorder that while it is perhaps the most treatable of mental illnesses, those of us who have it often wholly reject even the mention of "getting help." When we're on a manic high, we don't see any need for treatment. When we're crushed with depression, we think we're too far gone for it to do any good. And when we are in a mood-swung, irascible and erratic temper.
Bipolar disorder sufferers, in my opinion, are not told what they should be told by the professionals; nurses and doctors. Not everyone knows what ought to be known about the treatments when it comes to bipolar disorder. There are tips to help a bipolar sufferer that should be presented to them but are simply forgotten about, but here they are. Listed from one to five, these tips will make life somewhat easier. 1. Your past and present experiences are critical to your bipolar disorder treatment. Once you have been diagnosed, the specialist will like to ask you what your life looks like at the moment. You want to answer them in details too.
Dementia is a thief that robs elderly citizens of their ability to communicate effectively and carry out routine daily activities such as dressing, feeding, and bathing. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, but there are approximately 50 different disorders that can cause dementia including strokes, infections, and medication irregularities. There are many different behaviors manifested in Alzheimer's patients ranging from forgetfulness to aggressiveness to inappropriate sexual conduct. While it is truly sad to see any person impacted in such a negative manner from a cognitive and physical standpoint, we must realize this disease also effects families and not just the individual.
I honestly thought I'd been zinged. I checked the date and realized it couldn't be that. But new research has apparently linked cell phone use and a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, the leading form of dementia. Scientists in Florida found that the radiation coming from cell phones actually protected mice who were programmed to get the disease. As with any new research, there are probably more questions than answers, but these researchers are now testing different frequencies to see if they can induce even better results. The study conducted by the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.