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When Your Loved One Can’t Get to the Doctor

About two and a half years ago, my family member had an experience that caused a deeply held delusion. At least, I think it was an actual incident. It could just as easily have been a psychotic delusion that started this firmly held delusion. My family member had been put on an involuntary psychiatric [...]

2018-09-06T16:53:34+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

Alzheimer’s Disease: Choosing the Right Care Provider

Living with Someone with Alzheimer's Disease? Get Help with the Right Care Provider. When a loved one develops intermediate- or advanced-stage Alzheimer's disease, decisions may need to be made quickly. For family members and family caregivers this can be a very difficult time because, let's be honest, few of us are really prepared for all that will be necessary [...]

2018-09-06T10:38:34+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Alzheimer's|0 Comments

Dealing with Substance Use in Schizophrenia

Did your family member use street drugs long before they were diagnosed with schizophrenia? I know mine did. In the beginning, I thought the drugs were causing the odd behaviors I was noticing. I was trying to make sense of what was going on and actually hoped it was due to drug abuse. [...]

2018-09-07T13:22:38+00:00 March 16th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

I Have Alzheimer’s Disease

I have Alzheimer's disease and it feels like, little by little, my brain is being stolen. Alzheimer's patients can fear being aware of their memory loss. This fear can be especially difficult for those who are diagnosed early or at a relatively young age. Of course, the progression of the disease and its symptoms [...]

2018-09-06T10:47:56+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Alzheimer's|0 Comments

Getting the most out of life despite MS, my story

Telling about my life with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (rrms) as fellow traveler let me feeling less alone The reactions to the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can vary greatly: someone falls into a deep state of crisis, others decide to completely ignore the situation. In any case, the diagnosis involves many changes, uncertainties, questions and feelings [...]

2018-09-06T16:26:37+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Multiple Sclerosis|0 Comments

Could Cooking be an Alzheimer’s Memory Test?

My Mom Made Bad Tagliatelle Pasta... Impossible... Could Cooking be an Alzheimer’s Memory Test? Early manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease may show themselves in everyday, formerly simple things, like making a favorite recipe, putting the silverware in order, or driving to a familiar location. Other early signs of Alzheimer’s can include memory problems that disrupt day-to-day life [...]

2018-09-06T11:09:57+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Alzheimer's|0 Comments

Psychosis vs. Schizophrenia, Part II

In an earlier blog about psychosis vs. schizophrenia we talked about symptoms of psychosis and symptoms of schizophrenia and how they differ. Psychosis is a major symptom of schizophrenia but can also be due to many other diagnoses. People with urinary tract infections, for instance, can have bouts of psychosis. Alzheimer’s patients may [...]

2018-09-07T13:34:26+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Schizophrenia|0 Comments

Multiple Sclerosis: Challenges and Changes

Living with multiple sclerosis is challenging both for the person directly affected and their family members: they all must cope with the countless unknowns of this chronic, progressive disease. My wife has been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) for many years. I do everything I can to support her. But seeing her struggle [...]

2018-09-06T16:28:53+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Multiple Sclerosis|0 Comments