Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping with Parkinson's Disease

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Lisa M. Shulman, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: The last 15 years have been characterized by escalating interest and research in the so-called "nonmotor" symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Nonmotor symptoms including depression, sleep disturbance, and cognitive problems previously took a back seat to the well known motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as bradykinesia, gait impairment, and tremor. This book, written by a well known expert and researcher on nonmotor symptoms, is evidence of the rising prominence of psychiatric and behavioral issues among patients and physicians.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate patients and family members about the relationship between Parkinson's disease and behavior. These important objectives are achieved.
Audience: The book is written for lay readers, primarily people with Parkinson's disease and their families.
Features: The author, Dr. Joseph Friedman, has a pleasing, conversational writing style and he communicates complex medical issues with ease. Patient vignettes, examples, and tables are used effectively to illuminate the material and improve understanding. 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. Another successful strategy is a brief paragraph at the beginning of each chapter, summarizing each topic. It is fair to say that the narrow focus of a book on behavioral issues is not for everyone. The average reader is likely to be looking for a book that gives the big picture, and most general books on Parkinson's disease include chapters with good discussions of behavioral issues. At times, long wordy passages are devoted to relatively narrow topics such as the "Parkinson's personality." Unfamiliar medical terminology, such as "clinical fluctuations" or "deep brain stimulation," slip into the text, sending most readers to the glossary, where some, but not all of these uncommon phrases will be found. Some chapters, such as those on driving, caregivers and family, and "Why You Should Not Go to the Emergency Department" are important, but quite a stretch from the book's subject of brain and behavior.
Assessment: Nonetheless, if you have special interest in the interactions between Parkinson's disease and behavior, you will enjoy this book. Dr. Friedman reveals to readers how doctors think in an enjoyable and easy to understand format.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603422
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph H. Friedman, MD, is the director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center of NeuroHealth. He is the Clinical Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy of the University of Rhode Island. He has been Clinical Director of the APDA Information and Referral Center for Rhode Island for over 20 years.
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Table of Contents

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    Worth every penny!

    This book is an invaluable read for sufferers of PD/YOPD and for their family. I have already passed this book on to another family member with PD, otherwise I would include sections that I enjoyed in this review. This book is worth every penny. Mr. Friedman brings up many interesting points that isn't found online or in other Parkinson's Disease books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Informative, clear and concise

    A very good read for caretakers and those with Parkinsons! Gives good examples and discusses all aspects of PD- neuological and behavioral.

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