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Resources to address the challenges facing the family caregiver while providing strategies to assist them.

New Guide Decodes Mental Illness for the Consumer

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The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts.

The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts.

The American Psychiatric Association recently released a groundbreaking consumer-focused guidebook to help explain mental illness in easy-to-understand language.

The guidebook, Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to DSM-5®, decodes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is a resource for mental health providers that is also used to determine insurance coverage.

The guidebook provides valuable insight on what to expect from an illness and its treatment and will help readers recognize symptoms, know when to seek help, and get the right care.

Featured disorders include depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder, among others. The common language for diagnosing mental illness used in DSM-5® for mental health professionals has been adapted into clear, concise descriptions of disorders for nonexperts. In addition to specific symptoms for each disorder, readers will find:

*Risk factors and warning signs

*Related disorders

*Ways to cope

*Tips to promote mental health

*Personal stories

*Key points about the disorders and treatment options

*A special chapter dedicated to treatment essentials and ways to get help

*Helpful resources that include a glossary, list of medications and support group


Legal issues to understand with Alzheimer’s dementia

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If you have recently been diagnosed with dementia or care for someone who has it, get familiar with the following legal documents to protect your rights and the rights of your loved ones.

Alzheimer's Dementia Legal Issues

Get your legal paperwork in order, including advance directives which explain how you want your medical decisions made.

The best defense against dementia is to understand it. In addition to the physical aspects of the disease, there are numerous legal and ethical matters to be aware of.

Dementia means cognitive loss (or thinking problems). There are a variety of diseases that cause dementia. Stroke can cause dementia, drinking too much alcohol can lead to a type of dementia called ethanol-related dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent form of dementia.

With Alzheimer’s disease, there are three cruel realities. One, the entire brain is dying – not just memory but memory, emotion, the ability to move, process language, speak, listen, and understand.

Two, the disease is progressive. There’s an early, middle and late stage. It will continue to get worse. And no, it will never get better. Once the brain starts dying, the cells don’t regenerate. And three, there is no cure to this disease.

With that in mind, when someone is first diagnosed with dementia, the families should get health care and legal paperwork in order. There are decisions that need to be made early on to ensure your loved one’s needs and wishes are always honored. Read more


Taking Care of Mom and Dad

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Taking care of Mom and Dad.

An NBC local news affiliate station recently aired a series of stories under the heading “Taking Care of Mom and Dad” that speaks to aging and care giving. Check out the following programs:

Taking Care of Mom and Dad: The Sandwich Generation

Taking Care of Mom and Dad: Becoming a caregiver for your spouse

Taking Care of Mom and Dad: Home care vs. assisted living