Author Archives: Marilyn Langeman

Palliative Care Beyond Hospice Is Spreading to More States

Much of the “confusion” Sinclair referred to is that many people don’t understand the difference between palliative care and hospice. Palliative care is given to patients with serious illnesses or injuries to relieve their symptoms and stress. Its goal is … Continue reading

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The long echo of WW2 trauma

After the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was officially recognised by the US government in 1980, in the wake of Vietnam, researchers began to take an interest on the illness on soldiers’ families. Studies were already suggesting that the … Continue reading

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This diet is easier (and cheaper) than the Mediterranean diet

This article on the Nordic diet makes claims about improvements for people with dementia. ********************** The Nordic Diet is the brainchild of a team of scientists, nutritionists and chefs birthed back in 2004 as a method of mitigating a growing … Continue reading

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‘Life is wonderful’ being pain-free after 40 years

Alison Cameron, from Dorset, was 17 when she had appendicitis and went into hospital. “I had my appendix out and I remember I came round out of the anaesthetic screaming, the pain was something else.” It was the start of … Continue reading

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Can Reading Really Improve Your Mental Health?

So how can books re-balance the self? Well, above all, as the panel agreed, they provide a form  of escapism that is more intense than in any other artform. “With a film or TV show, you’re given the visuals whereas … Continue reading

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How It Feels To Have Anxiety And Depression At The Same Time

Depression and anxiety each have their own sets of symptoms and challenges. And as if living with one of the conditions isn’t frustrating enough, research also shows that it’s not unusual to experience the two of them simultaneously. HuffPost reached out to people … Continue reading

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Andrew Solomon ted talk on depression

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How Greek crisis helped removed taboo on mental health

“Until a few years ago, society did not give this issue any attention,” said Dr Kyriakos Katsadoros, the founder of Klimaka, Greece’s only suicide prevention clinic. “The crisis has brought problems that were being ignored to the forefront.” Conservative attitudes … Continue reading

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The power of music: Vicky McClure’s dementia choir

For most people dementia progresses slowly, meaning they live with it for many years. There is no cure, though doctors can try to prevent further damage and slow the progress of the disease in patients with some types of dementia, … Continue reading

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How One Mother’s Battle Is Changing Police Training On Disabilities

Working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome or autism, can be complex and challenging even for those with years of training. But one group — law enforcement — often encounters people with these conditions in … Continue reading

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