Alzheimer’s: Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Caretakers

By: Jillian Curry

Anyone who has a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can relate to the overwhelming emotional, as well as financial costs that come with caring for a loved one with this terrible disease. Watching a loved one become unable to perform daily activities as well as slowly forget who they and others are is extremely devastating. In addition, dealing with the financial burdens associated with healthcare costs can become unbearable.

New research provides hope to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as well as their families and caregivers. A recent study conducted by Bruce Yankner of Harvard Medical School has found a protein in the brain that may be responsible for preventing Alzheimer’s. This protein is active during fetal development and is activated again later in life to protect the aging brain from abnormal toxins and proteins, like Alzheimer’s disease. The study has found that in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, this protein is not present; most likely due to its failure to become activated.

This finding provides new approaches to treatment, which can focus on drugs that can activate the Alzheimer’s fighting protein early on to delay its onset. Delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s can make all the difference in the duration, progression, and severity of the disease.

For information and advice on how to cope with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, feel free to contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists.

Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services (201) 368-3700, (212) 722-1920

http://www.acenterfortherapy.com

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Emotional Abuse: Therapy Can Help

By: Samantha Santo

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There are a few different types of abuse that are prevalent in today’s society.  It seems that physical abuse is the most common form of abuse, but that isn’t necessarily the case.  It is important to know that abuse may not be identifiable by just looking at someone.  Emotional abuse is a form of abuse that can go unnoticed.  Emotional abuse is when your partner in a relationship continually embarrasses you, insults you and/or puts you down.

Here are a few more signs to help you determine if you are in an emotionally abusive relationship:

  1. You are constantly being told your opinion is “wrong”
  2. You feel belittled
  3. Your partner wants access to your e-mails, FaceBook, text messages, etc.
  4. You feel like you always have to justify yourself

If you can relate to any of the situations listed above, you may be in an unhealthy, abusive relationship.  It may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive counseling or therapy to help you handle and put an end to the emotional abuse.  If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey feel free to call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own licensed therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

For more information on emotional abuse, visit www.acenterfortherapy.com

Drug Abuse: Signs and Symptoms of a Drug Addict

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By: Samantha Santo

Drug addiction is one of the hardest diseases to fight. It is also one of the hardest diseases to diagnose. If you believe someone you know may be a drug addict, keep a look out for these specific signs:
1. Drug addicts tend to lie and make excuses for everything just to protect their addiction
2. They stop participating in the activities they once loved before the drug addiction began
3. Addiction is expensive so drug addicts always seem to lack money
If the person you believe to be a drug addict exhibits any of these signs, it may be beneficial to have them contact a mental health professional and receive therapy for the drug addiction.  If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey, feel free to call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

For more information on drug abuse, visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com

Keep a look out for our future blogs on specific substances and their signs and symptoms of addiction.