At What Age is One Old Enough to Make Healthcare Decisions?

The article in the The Atlantic is what I came across both yesterday and today on LinkedIn. A 17-year-old girl is being forced to accept treatment that she does not want. Cassandra C. was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. The disease infiltrates essential components of the body’s immune system, specifically weakening the lymphatic tissue, which helps fight infection. Though fatal, patients often have a high survival rate with early treatment. Yet, Cassandra was adamantly against treatment from the beginning, according to the Hartford Courant. Her mother (Fortin) supported her decision….

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#Cancer, #EndOfLife, #Healthcare, #Treatment


Addiction on Trial: Follow-up Interview with Dr. Steven Kassels

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Steven Kassels this summer re: his recently published book, Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, which posted to Social Justice Solutions. I enjoy reading and read a few books at a time, so this one appealed to me as a ‘fun read’ initially but went a step further as another theme in the book is addiction. So my fun read became enjoyably educational.

If you as a reader like crime, murder-mystery, courtroom drama, and dysfunctional family dynamics, then you will like this book. If you are a reader who wants to be educated with a refreshing approach, the interwoven theme of addiction will appeal to you as well….

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#Addiction, #Education, #Maine, #Treatment

Medicine Is An Art – Not Just A Science

We are all the same and yet we are all different. The art of medicine, yes – medicine is an art as much as a science – dictates the need for individualization of care. Every person with hypertension has elevated blood pressure and every person with diabetes has high blood sugar, but approaching every ……

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#Addiction, #Psychotherapy, #Treatment, #Work

What’s It Like To Be A Heroin Addict In Jail?

What is it like to be a heroin addict in withdrawal and in jail – and to be the parent receiving the call from your son! I want to share Chapter 2 with you – to allow you an opportunity to experience it!
Also, as a new author and an “old” doctor, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to all of you ……

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#Abuse, #Addiction, #Heroin, #Medicine, #Prison, #Treatment

“The Good Guy, the Bad Guy, and the Ugly Truth” and “Stories of Survivors”

“Paired together, these two books will lead to the greatest transformation of you life. If you work in the field of domestic violence or relationship counseling you will never find a better set of books to use as a treatment guide.”
This review sent to us by a PhD. Psychologist is a review which stands ……

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#Abuse, #Books, #DomesticViolence, #Selfhelp, #Treatment

Interview with Stanley Popovich: 3 Ways to Deal with Fear

Everyone experiences fear, anxiety and stress at some point in their life, but not everyone does to the point that the symptoms overwhelm them. Stanley Popovich is an individual who has struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years. He is an individual who learned to manage his symptoms and wrote his own book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear” to share with others. The techniques discussed within combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Relaxation techniques with a spiritual/religous twist….

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#Anxiety, #Fear, #StanleyPopovich, #Stress, #Treatment

Autistic Children and Therapy

Imagine having a child with autism and waiting 2 1/2 years for therapy to begin. The parents of a four-year old autistic boy in British Columbia are going public.
“From his initial referral to speech to his first appointment, it was 920 days — of waiting,” said mom Christine Long.