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Caregiver Stress and Depression: A Silent Health Crisis
Apr 25, 2018 By Emory Brain Health Center

With April comes warmer weather and sunnier days, but there also comes a time to shine a light on one of America's biggest issues: stress. April marks National Stress Awareness month, and as our society becomes more fast-paced, it's important to step back and take a deep breath.

Stress management has become the focal point for many health and wellness professionals. From meditation, frequent exercise and a good night's rest, most of us know how to handle the stressors of daily life. Knowing how to handle stress can be helpful in maintaining overall well-being.

Caregiving, while rewarding in many ways, also brings significant stress, especially when the care receiver has a dementia diagnosis.  Many lives have been changed by transitioning into a new caregiver role. Within the United States, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that dementia affects around 5 million people, a

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Dr. Rauch, Clinical Director of Emory Healthcare Veteran's Program, talks about Veterans reintegration and mental health.
Mar 27, 2018 By Emory Brain Health Center

Most servicemembers will have some type of adjustment period after returning home from deployment. For each person the process is different depending on different variables during and after deployment. Mental health issues, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma can make that even more difficult. The Emory Veterans Program is here to help them reclaim their lives. Question: How long does it usually take to adjust to normal life again? How long should I wait to see someone if I’m still not feeling like my normal self? sheila-rauch-avatar Dr. Rauch: That is a good question. If at any time you're having issues that you feel that you need or want help with, you should come see us. Readjustment often takes a year, and for some people longer, to feel like they're really back in their life. The readjustment process is different for every individual and often depends on life's [...]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Explained
Mar 26, 2018 By Christopher Deibert, MD

Severe traumatic brain injuries affect people of all ages and are a leading cause of death and disability among young adults and adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries were involved in 2.5 million emergency room visits, as well as the death of nearly 50,000 people in 2013. Motor vehicle accidents account for the majority of these injuries, but they can also result from falls and violence. Regardless of the cause, treatment is divided into three stages: early management of life-threatening conditions, prevention of secondary injury and long-term rehabilitation.

Early Management of Life-Threatening Conditions

Immediately after a trauma, paramedics identify injuries and begin treatments to stabilize a patient’s breathing and blood pressure. The patient is then rapidly transported to a trauma center that quickly diagnoses [...]

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Sleep Apnea and the Gender Difference
Mar 7, 2018 By Emory Healthcare

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder where one’s breathing involuntarily and repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. There are three different types of sleep apnea with separate root causes:
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)– the most common form that occurs when the throat muscles relax
  • Central Sleep Apnea – occurs when the brain does not send the correct signals to the muscles that control breathing
  • Mixed Sleep Apnea – occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea can have serious health consequences including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, metabolic disorders, and cognitive and behavior disorders, and higher risks for car crashes and work-related accidents. Central sleep apnea has health consequences associated with heart failure, opioid use, [...]

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The Impact of Brain Injury on Veterans
Mar 1, 2018 By Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP

Nearly 20% of deployed military personnel experience traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs are any brain injury caused by an outside force. These injuries can be “closed,” such as from a fall or motor vehicle accident or “open,” like from a gunshot wound. Traumatic brain injuries range broadly from mild to severe. People with mild TBI (also called concussion) often fully recover within days to weeks, while those with severe TBI may have significant and sometimes permanent impairments. Fortunately, 70 – 90% of all TBIs in military personnel fall within the “mild” range.

Symptoms of Mild TBI

Traumatic brain injury can cause physical, cognitive and emotional difficulties. Typical symptoms of mild TBI/concussion include:
  • Looking and feeling dazed
  • Being uncertain of what is happening; feeling confused
  • Having difficulty thinking clearly or responding
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Dr. Rothbaum on How PTSD Affects Veterans
Feb 7, 2018 By Emory Brain Health Center

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can result from a traumatic or life-threatening event such as military combat. Thousands of servicemembers and Veterans struggle with PTSD. Often, they resist seeking help because of negative ideas about PTSD or the fear of what others might think. PTSD can affect personal relationships and even destroy families.

Question: Can you have PTSD even though you didn’t see combat? Rothbaum_BarbaraDr. Rothbaum: Absolutely. PTSD can result from any event in which someone felt that they or someone they care about could be seriously injured or killed. Sexual assault survivors, motor vehicle crash survivors, natural disaster survivors, and many others develop PTSD. Approximately 10% of the US population at any given time has PTSD, and most of this is not from combat.   Question: What treatment options do you offer besides talking [...]

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Dementia Resources We Trust
Dec 12, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

At Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we often field questions from family members and caregivers who've been doing their own research. And while we encourage you to educate yourself, it can be difficult to separate facts from theories and to make sure your resources are reputable. We've set out to provide a list of reliable and trustworthy resources. This isn't intended to be an all-encompassing list, but these are almost always our first recommendations.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association offers information about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias including Lewy Body and Vascular dementias. You'll find information on everything from legislation related to dementia and Alzheimer's disease to local resources, such as caregiver training and support groups, programs such as SafeReturn® and stage-specific information. View Alzheimer's

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Getting Help for Dementia in Your Community
Nov 17, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Getting Help for Dementia in Your CommunityAt Emory’s Integrated Memory Care Clinic (IMCC), we know that caring for family members or loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias can be challenging, especially on your own. Thankfully, options for care exist within the community. Different options will be right for different patients, as some patients in the early stages of dementia won't need nearly as much assistance or supervision as people with advanced dementia. We've included several options for community-based care below, ranked from the options with the least restrictions that provide the lowest amount of hands-on care to those with increased security and restrictions that provide the highest level of hands-on care.

Senior Centers

The Older Americans Act (OAA), originally enacted in 1965, provides resources for Senior Centers. There are currently more than 10,000 centers in the U.S. serving more [...]

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Help at Home for People with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
Oct 24, 2017 By Emory Brain Health Center

Dementia, Memory careAt the Integrated Memory Care Clinic, we often field questions from family members and caregivers who are confused about the types of in-home care available for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. It can be difficult to know where to start. But you’re already on the right path—learning more about the types of care available is a great first step. If you’ve already decided to support your loved one with care in their home, there are many great services available to give you much needed support. We've outlined the differences in types of care available below, and are happy to help our patients and their families navigate the options.

Home Care

Home Care is the basic level of 24/7 care that many people with dementia need. This companion care typically involves making sure your loved one has meals, gets to where they need to go, and can involve help with [...]

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Inpatient Psychiatric Care
May 25, 2017 By admin

Inpatient Psychiatric CareFinding compassionate inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions is every bit as important as finding a health provider for your physical health. Yet, because there’s a stigma surrounding mental health conditions, we often neglect ourselves the care we deserve. Even if you’ve never experienced symptoms personally, chances are you know someone who has. One in five adults in our country has dealt with mental illness, and one in 25 experiences a serious mental condition at some point in their life. These serious mental conditions sometimes require temporary hospitalization. At Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, we provide empathetic inpatient psychiatric care for mental and behavioral health conditions.

When is Inpatient Psychiatric Care Needed?

Inpatient psychiatric care may be needed if you or a loved one have:
  • Acute behavioral
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