Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive disease that affects as many as one million people in the United States alone. Although many patients and families are aware of the physical challenges that accompany Parkinson's disease, few are prepared to deal with the common behavioral issues that impact their quality of life.
Behavior problems in PD are not always catastrophic, but they are common. It is estimated that 65-90% of PD patients experience some level of depression, anxiety, dementia, hallucinations, paranoid delusions, sleep disorders, and other behavioral disorders that affect everyone involved. Written in easy-to-read language, Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior is the only book that focuses entirely on an area that many doctors overlook, an area that often causes the most problems and can be the most treatable. The self-contained chapters will help readers understand, address, and cope with common behavioral issues, as well as provide guidance on ways to communicate with the healthcare team.
Special Features Include:
* A focus on a wide variety of behavioral conditions from sleep disorders to dementia
* Special chapters on PD medication and the side effects that can lead to behavioral problems
* Easy to read self-contained chapters so patients can read only the desired sections
* Vignettes to illustrate the problems under discussion
* Written in layman terms to help readers understand and cope with behavioral issues
Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping with Parkinson's Disease is a wonderful resource for patients, caregivers, family members, wanting to improve their quality of life, and healthcare professionals looking for a tool to help their patients open up about the challenges they are facing.;Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Prologue: No More Nagging; Chapter 1. Overview; Chapter 2. Personality; Chapter 3. Fatigue; Chapter 4. Apathy; Chapter 5. Depression; Chapter 6. Anxiety; Chapter 7. Dementia; Chapter 8. Hallucinations; Chapter 9. Delusions; Chapter 10. Confusion and Delirium; Chapter 11. Compulsive Behavior; Chapter 12. Sleep; Chapter 13. Surgery for Parkinson's Disease; Chapter 14. Driving; Chapter 15. Caregivers and Family; Chapter 16. Why You Should Not Go to the emergency Department (And Why You Should); Appendix A: Winning the Battle but Losing the War: Many Silver Linings Are in Clouds; Appendix B: Chemical imbalance or Moral Weakness?: Personal Responsibility in a Time of Brain Science; Glossary; Index;"A fresh resource...educational...brings new clarity and practical treatment approaches...an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about the complex patterns of persons with Parkinson's disease. -- Midwest Book Review
"Dr. Joseph Friedman, has a pleasing, conversational writing styleand he communicates complex medical issues with ease[Dr. Friedman] distills complicated and controversial medical issues into easily digestible discussions. He is the rare physician who is able to put himself in the patient's shoes, with discussions of common concerns that hit just the right tone enjoyable and easy to understand."--Doody's Reviews
"Dr. Friedman masterfully dovetails his own insights and practical approaches on behavioral issues in PD with the current scientific evidence. This authoritatively written yet refreshing book assures the patient, guides the caregiver, and enlightens the clinician in the often unpredictable journey of Parkinson's. It is a must-read for all whose lives are touched by this illness."--Dr. Hubert H. Fernandez, daily columnist, Ask the Doctor, National Parkinson Foundation
"Friedman (Brown University) characterizes the behavioral problems caused by Parkinson 's disease, summarizes research findings on the problems, and describes treatment options when any exist. Written for patients and their families, separate chapters address fatigue, depression, anxiety, dementia, hallucinations and delusions caused by medications, confusion, sleep, and driving safety. Example patient stories and a glossary are provided." -- Book News