Vascular dementia: spotting the signs, addressing the causes

Vascular dementia is caused by a series of small strokes that damage the brain

Vascular dementia: spotting the signs, addressing the causesDementia is one of the more frightening conditions to affect us as we get older. We expect our bodies to become weaker as we age, but we hope that our minds remain sharp and we are able to interact with the world around us. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia to affect…

Tips to becoming a successful step-parent

Step-parenting is a sensitive role, often fraught with difficulties, but the myth of wicked step-parents is not valid and can be overcome

Tips to becoming a successful step-parentBlended families involving second marriages and step-parenting are common in Canada. Step-parenting is a sensitive role, often fraught with difficulties. From the time we are small children reading nursery stories, step-parents are portrayed in a negative light. In particular, storybook step-mothers are often wicked and unfair, and this myth sometimes sticks with us as we…

Healthy body, healthy mind: a double payoff for exercise

The mental health benefits of exercise are well documented, and even moderate sadness and feelings of anxiety can be improved

Healthy body, healthy mind: a double payoff for exerciseNot only is exercise good for our bodies, it’s also good for our minds. Most people with a regular exercise routine will tell you that it makes you feel good physically and is a helpful way of reducing stress, improving confidence and self-esteem, and increasing energy. It adds to a general sense of well-being. Although most fitness…

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD is a psychiatric condition that can develop after experiencing traumatic events

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?Traumatic Stress Disorder, once called shell shock, is a psychiatric condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening or traumatic events. Military action is the most commonly discussed experience that can lead to this disorder, but it can occur after natural disasters, terrorist incidents, accidents or violent assaults. This disorder has likely been around…

Anxiety disorder can weigh down your life

But there are strategies — and medications — that will help you control this all-too-common condition

Anxiety disorder can weigh down your lifeDo you worry constantly about your family, money, health or work? Does this uneasiness affect your sleep or your ability to function? These are a few of the common hallmarks of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). We all worry to a certain degree about the well-being of our families, our financial situation or jobs, but it isn’t an anxiety…

Dependent personality disorder difficult to treat

Behaviour therapy is generally the most effective treatment for this type of personality disorder

Dependent personality disorder difficult to treatDependency and co-dependency are psychological catch phrases that seem to come up a lot these days. It is common to hear these terms in every day conversations about relationships. But what is the actual psychiatric definition of a person who is dependent to the point of disorder? When does dependency change from being within the…

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…