For Caregivers

https://lifelessonscats.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/turn-back-time/

http://www.caregiveraction.org/resources/ccan/

The Caregiver Community Action Network (CCAN) is a unique and highly dedicated group of over 100 volunteers in more than 40 states. Our CCAN volunteers reach out to family caregivers to provide education and support. They also teach caregivers to be advocates for themselves and their loved ones.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/02/24/7-depression-busters-for-caregivers/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1494967/

What is it like, day after day, year after year, to be the family caregiver of a person with dementia?

http://www.cfah.org/hbns/2011/cognitive-reframing-can-help-dementia-caregivers-with-depression-stress

https://www.caring.com/questions/caregiver-burnout-and-depression

An anonymous caregiver answered…  I recently asked my doctor the same question and was prepared to go on anti-depressants. I was in the midst of deciding whether or not to bring my mother home from rehab or put her in a nursing home. He said it was irrational to think about bringing her home and irrational thoughts are a symptom of depression however my depression was situational. Perhaps anti-depressants would ease my pain but so might time so why risk the side effects of meds unless the symptoms persist.. Just hearing this from a trusted doctor who really knows me was enough to straighten out my thinking. I decided that putting mom in a home was in her best interests as well as mine. Although I’m not exactly jumping with joy, the depression has yielded to appropriate sadness. I can sleep at night, the anxiety has lessened, I can function at work and I’ve been enjoying being with friends.

http://www.the-joyful-caregivers-guide.com/

Cats tossed in pet therapy guidelines

Dogs may be OK but cats are deemed too risky for hospital visits

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/cats-tossed-in-pet-therapy-guidelines-030515.html

“Cats should be excluded,” the guidelines continue, “because they cannot be trained to reliably provide safe interactions with patients in the health care setting.”

An obvious case of discrimination — cats are just as awesome as dogs.  Plus, cats can be trained to use a litterbox, while dogs go everywhere.  Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the middle of one big doggy toilet.  I have pictures, if you wanna see… 🙂

Rahm Emanuel’s Office Denies Mayor Screamed At Mental Health Advocates

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/rahm-emanuel-youre-gonna-respect-me_n_6810002.html

Delgado, whose son was shot to death in 2006, told HuffPost that her neighborhood mental health clinic saved her life and the life of her other son, who was holding his brother as he died. The family sought treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, but were left with no viable options after clinics were consolidated and closed in 2012…

Sounds like New Mexico is not the only state that thinks it’s wise to destroy mental health programs.  I guess New York wants to become New Mexico…

This Man Is Trying To Eat And Review Every Dollar Slice Of Pizza In NYC

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/dollar-pizza-new-york-city-francisco-balagtas_n_6809486.html

Sure, that sounds like fun, who doesn’t love pizza?  But for chronic pain patients, especially those suffering from TMJ, that’s an awful lot of chewing…

A better idea for this chocolate lover would be to review new products from Russell Stover.  For instance, the dark chocolate coconut macaroon pictured above.  I love coconut, but it’s difficult to chew, so I look for the creamy coconuts — like Russell Stover’s dark chocolate coconut cream egg.

The new macaroon (hey, that rhymes) does not melt in my mouth as easily as the coconut cream, but it’s definitely got a better taste.  Thicker dark chocolate and more coconutty.  Still melts in my mouth, with just a little extra sucking power needed…

I can safely recommend this product for the treatment of chronic pain. 😀

Why A Film About A Fatal Gang Rape In India Is Drawing So Much Controversy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/indias-daughter-controversy_n_6811122.html

The Indian government threatened on Thursday to take action against the BBC for airing “India’s Daughter,” a documentary by Leslee Udwin about the rape and death of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012…

Anu Aga, a member of the Indian Parliament, said that the country “has to confront the issue that many men in India do not respect women,” according to The Guardian. “What the man [Mukesh Singh] spoke reflects the views of many men in India,” she said. “Why are we shying away from that? Let’s be aware of the view and not pretend all is well.” …

Report: Suicides By Girls And Young Women Continue To Climb

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/05/suicide-rate-girls_n_6813068.html

But the female increase has been steadier. Why is not clear; one expert said it may be because more girls and young women are hanging themselves or using other forms of suffocation. That way is more lethal than drug overdose — the method used the most by younger females…

Alyce Garrity · Top Commenter
If you feel like you want to hurt yourself, or know someone who does. PLEASE CALL FOR HELP! The local crisis hotline is listed on the second page of every phone book. Or you can call 1-800-SUICIDE, 1-877-885-HOPE, or 1-800-273-TALK. (TTY users please call 1-800-799-4TTY.) There IS help out there. But we can’t help you unless you call us. Please call before you do anything that can’t be changed.

The Unexpected Consequences Of The War On Drugs

http://www.pharmaciststeve.com/?p=9573

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/03/05/3630116/pain-relief-access-world/

Health experts continue to advocate on behalf of pain relief for impoverished patients, which they say is an issue in at least 160 counties around the world. One recent report from a group of oncologists lamented the “global pandemic of untreated cancer pain.” …

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2013/11/pain-medication-fdawarondrugs.html

11/26/2013, Patients are becoming collateral damage in US war on drugs

“We are trying to prepare our state for what we hope is the inevitable curbing of the use of opiates in chronic pain,” Orman Hall, director of Ohio’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, told The New York Times last year.

Not only is such a goal medically unsound — for most cases, science has yet to develop a more effective means of granting people in unremitting pain a semblance of a normal life — but it also runs counter to internationally accepted human-rights standards…

The WHO has long held that restrictions on the legal use and availability of opioid analgesics like morphine and OxyContin are an impediment to adequate pain care. According to a 2011 report (PDF) by Human Rights Watch — which has called access to pain meds a “fundamental human right” — burdensome restrictions on pain management have a ripple effect that leads doctors to withhold medication out of fear of prosecution or censure, even when that fear is unfounded…

For one thing, the disease of addiction is stronger than any one particular substance.  One study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2012, to gauge the effects of changes to high-potency OxyContin tablets that made them harder to abuse, found that two-thirds of users had simply switched to other drugs — primarily heroin…