When You Are Called To Deeper Waters

When You Are Called To Deeper Waters

Imagine with me for a moment that you are on a beach looking for seashells, when your dad calls you out to him in the water. It looks too deep for you but you go out towards your dad. All of a sudden a current pulls you and you lose your balance and go under. You hear your dad shouting for you but you don’t know which way is up or down. You feel like you are almost out of air when your dad pulls you out of the water. You want to get out but your dad holds you back. “The current tried to sweep you away, but you will be safe here with me.” [more]

Distracted by the Unnecessary

Distracted by the Unnecessary

Dear Dr. B,

Something weird happens in the days leading up to my husband’s return from deployment either for good or R&R… I find myself doing some weird, completely unnecessary things. Like cleaning out and organizing my closet when I should be getting my kids out the door for school. I’m also often unable to make logical decisions. Easy ones, like what’s for dinner. There’s got to be a good explanation. Is there? [more]

Ask DrB: Lessons From a Dementia Caregiver-Part 4 Respite Care

Ask DrB: Lessons From a Dementia Caregiver-Part 4 Respite Care

In my private practice, I evaluate and treat patients with a variety of conditions ranging from ADHD to depression to dementia, and I find that there are so many un-asked questions, primarily because until you’ve been through a situation, you don’t know what to ask. So I usually try to anticipate some of those questions ahead of time and answer them.

Dementia is a cruel disease that doesn’t just impact the one diagnosed—it impacts the whole family. When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, caregivers are often filled with fear, concern, and dread. In today’s post, I’m continuing an interview with a caregiver whose wife was diagnosed with dementia, about the importance of respite care for both the dementia patient as well as the caregiver because support prevents burnout.

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