Dual diagnosis: A stepwise treatment approach

Dual diagnosis: A stepwise treatment approach

A recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that nearly 7.9 million US adults struggled with a psychological disorder co-existing with a substance or alcohol addiction, in 2014. Surprisingly, just a small fraction of these individuals seek treatment for both the disorders, whereas a majority receives no treatment at all. Read more

Lead toxicity’s harmful effects on childhood development

Lead toxicity’s harmful effects on childhood development

Lead toxicity has many harmful side effects on the body including adverse neurological effects. Although adults are at risk of lead poisoning through occupational exposure, children are at risk for developmental and mental delays if exposed to high levels of lead. Read more

Vascular dementia: The only type related to lifestyle

Vascular dementia: The only type related to lifestyle

Diseases that affect the heart can also affect the memory. Vascular dementia is a common form of dementia that results in memory loss and confusion due to miniature strokes. These “cortical infarcts” are caused by chronic high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or coronary artery disease.

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Dementia: Not just caused by Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia: Not just caused by Alzheimer’s disease

Memory loss, confusion, difficulty communicating, compulsive behaviors and depression are just a few common symptoms seen in patients with dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease is considered the No. 1 cause for dementia affecting 5.4 million people in the United States, according to a 2011 Alzheimer’s Association study, many other types of dementia exist and are commonly forgotten or do not receive as much press as Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer’s disease: Caring for the caregiver

Alzheimer’s disease: Caring for the caregiver

“In 2009, nearly 66 million Americans (three in 10 U.S. households) reported at least one person providing unpaid care as a family caregiver,” according to “Caregiver Care,” an article published in the journal American Family Physician. Caring for loved ones has several benefits, including personal fulfillment and satisfaction from helping to relieve another’s suffering. It can bring people together and create a stronger bond. It can be a way of “giving back,” as caregivers were taken care of as children at one time or another.

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