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When people aren’t able to throw things away, piles can grow to the ceiling. These piles can make it impossible to use bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens. more

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Caregiving can sometimes be a depressing venture. Not only does it usually involve someone we love deteriorating before our eyes, our own lives become completely rearranged. more

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Whether through full-time homecare, regular doctor visits, or long distance care, caregiving has become an all-encompassing part of all our lives. As our caregiving intensifies, so too do our stress levels, more

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More than one quarter of the adult population (26.6%) has provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the past year. more

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Through my practice as a psychotherapist and my role as a caregiver support group leader, I have met many people who describe an experience that I only recently have been able to name. more

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Warning Signs to Look For Caregivers need to be especially aware of depression because of the great load they carry. more

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U.S. statistics state that women experience depression much more frequently than men: 1 out of every 4 to 5 women, compared to 1 out of every 8 to 10 men. more

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A caregiver often become the nucleus for support for a person living with schizophrenia. You not only give your loved one vital feedback, but you encourage, motivate, and act as the touchstone to reality, more

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Psychosis or psychotic episodes can be very difficult for caregivers to know how to handle. more

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Soul-searing, life-testing situations have what some call “fall-out blessings.” This book is about understanding some of the deeper lessons we are exposed to through caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. more

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Some 15% of older Americans experience depression at some point in their golden years. In nursing homes, around 20% of the residents are depressed, especially those living with a serious medical condition, like cancer or heart disease. more

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Caring for someone with a psychiatric illness is especially hard for many reasons. People living with bipolar disorder often refuse to see a clinician and stop taking their medication. more

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is recognized as a type of anxiety disorder but if an elderly loved one appears to exhibit the symptoms, it may be related to the onset of dementia. more

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When was the last time you had a really good laugh? more

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Bipolar disorder is perhaps one of the oldest known illnesses. Research reveals some mention of the symptoms in early medical records. more

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It’s important for caregivers to know how to recognize the early-warning signs indicating that a psychosis is developing, and to know where or from whom to seek assistance. more

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