Alzheimer’s research leading to practical solutions for sufferers

Research will hopefully lead to more successful treatments and possibly a cure for this devastating illness

Alzheimer’s research leading to practical solutions for sufferersIn my previous column, I dealt in general with Alzheimer’s disease and the growing problem it is becoming for our aging population. Today I want to discuss in a little more detail exactly what we know about what happens inside the brain as the disease progresses. Research in this field is rapidly advancing and will…

Alzheimer’s leading cause of dementia in an aging population

While there is no way to stop the disease, it is possible to improve quality of life

Alzheimer’s leading cause of dementia in an aging populationAlzheimer’s is an ailment of the brain that touches almost everyone. Most of us know a friend or family member who suffers from this common and devastating disease. Once considered rare, Alzheimer’s is now known to be the leading cause of dementia in the aging population and is one of several disorders that cause loss…

Pets really are good for your health

The health benefits of companion pets are found in many settings and for people of all ages and situations

Pets really are good for your healthAnyone who has a pet will tell you that their furry, feathered or scaly friend provides companionship, entertainment, unconditional love and adds a layer of richness to their life. Some might even tell you that they suspect increased mental well being as a result of their animal companion. Not surprisingly, research to date proves that…

Bullying more than just a playground problem

While boys bully using physical violence, girls bully by gossiping, manipulating others to exclude a victim, teasing or spreading rumours

Bullying more than just a playground problemThe subject of bullying is widely publicized every time a severe case of bullying results in a killing or suicide. Citizens and parents express outrage and disbelief that such an incident could happen right in their school or neighbourhood. People are right to be outraged. This type of behaviour is potentially identifiable and preventable. Although…

Taking the mystery out of sexual dysfunction

Experiencing an intimacy problem should not be a reason for shame and there are several strategies that can help

Taking the mystery out of sexual dysfunctionSexual dysfunction is a topic that makes most people a little antsy. Are you glancing around now to see if anyone notices you reading this? It’s a taboo subject – no one wants to admit they have problems in the bedroom. But sexual dysfunction is more common than often thought. And it can have psychiatric causes and implications,…

Repressed memory syndrome so much psychobabble

Memory is not a video camera accurately recording our experiences and is easily manipulated

Repressed memory syndrome so much psychobabblePeople frequently ask me about the possibility of repressed memories being the origin of their problems. This is a holdover from the once dominant psychoanalytic approach to psychiatric treatment. On television and in the movies we frequently watch psychiatrists help people recover memories of events from their childhood that may somehow explain the way they…

There is no reason to stop living at 65

Retirement is a choice, so get out there and get involved

There is no reason to stop living at 65We see them everywhere. Retired members of our community, all over town, enthusiastically engaged in activities. Either they are enjoying a game of golf or shopping at the mall; working in their gardens or swimming at the pool; sometimes taking the bus to an activity centre for a game of cards with friends. These are the…

We can help seniors struggling with depression

Aging carries with it increased risk of depression, often as the result of other conditions and even as a side-effect of medication

We can help seniors struggling with depressionDepression among senior citizens rarely gets get much public attention but it is a significant problem – and it can be addressed. In a culture that prizes youth and activity above most other things, the whole idea of aging is often considered depressing. So it is not uncommon for us to feel that loneliness, sadness and even…

Some memory loss as we get older is normal

But memory loss can also be a symptom of treatable disorders such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse

Some memory loss as we get older is normalA very common concern among my patients aged 45 and older is a fear that they are losing their memory and may be on their way to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Although these are possibilities, some memory loss is common as we age and not associated with a degenerative dementia. This kind of memory…

The reward for treating your agoraphobia is freedom

Agoraphobia literally means ‘fear of open or public places’

The reward for treating your agoraphobia is freedomOne condition that commonly exists alongside panic disorder is agoraphobia. Agoraphobia literally means ‘fear of open or public places’. However, in a clinical setting it is defined as a fear of situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or in which help may not be available in the event of a panic attack.…
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