All About Caregiving

In a 2004 national survey, the AARP found that 44.4 million Americans are providing unpaid care to an adult, and the estimated annual value is $257 billion. To do so is a beautiful act of love and devotion, but also a great drain on one's physical and psychological resources.

Recent posts on Caregiving

The Meaning of Disaster

Disasters have many different meanings for many different people. Here is a personal perspective on disasters from the point of view of a volunteer disaster responder.

Toxic Friend or Just the Product of a Toxic Environment?

Sometimes non-toxic friends display toxic relationship behaviors.

16 Tips from 16 Years Sick

There’s been one constant in my life since I began writing for Psychology Today six years ago: chronic illness. Because 10 + 6 = 16, it’s time for “16 Tips from 16 Years Sick.”

Keeping Patients Safe

Have you given enough thought to what's necessary to stay safe during a planned or emergency hospital visit?

Just Say No to Nurse Angels

To celebrate National Nurses Week, here are some suggested cautions, along with a suggested reading list.

Even Vegans Die: Life Lessons for Everyone

By Lisa Kramer Ph.D. on May 08, 2017 in Markets in Mind
No one should feel guilty for getting sick. I wish someone told me that when I faced a cancer diagnosis in my twenties.
Geralt/Pixabay

Are You an Empathetic Person?

Have you ever wonder if empathy is learned or innate? This article will show you that empathy can be learned and in fact, is in high-demand now. Also included are journaling prompt

Psychodynamically Informed Clinical Work

A psychodynamic perspective can enhance and individualize non-analytic treatment — even "med checks."

Why Do Animal Shelter Workers Burn Out?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Animals and Us
Animal shelter workers who believe they have a gift for relating to animals may be the most likely to leave.
Pexels

What To Do If You Think You Have Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on May 03, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Are you or someone you love new to hearing loss? Get on the right path medically, emotionally, and practically with these tips.
Les Anderson/StockSnap

Guilt and Grief: Placing a Loved One in a Nursing Facility

10 ways to cope with one of the hardest decisions.

What Robots Can Teach Us about Intimacy

The Reassuring Effects of Robot Responsiveness

Ethical Issues in Treating Childhood Obesity

How do doctors decide when to recommend surgery for a child with obesity?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on April 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what does it mean?

Why Are Senior Citizens Using More Illicit Drugs?

Senior citizens are using and abusing substances at increasing rates.

Aging and Depression

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Life After 50
Is getting old getting you down? Distinguishing between sadness and depression.

Disorganized Attachment: Fears That Go Unanswered

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Me in We
How disorganized attachment in infancy impacts emotional and social development.

Can a Caregiver Be a (Benevolent) Dictator?

Can you override a patient's request if you know it's best for them?

Ambulatory Detox Modality Delivers Better Results

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Sure Recovery
As America succumbs to an addiction epidemic avant-garde and cost-effective treatment program could help to dent the addiction curve.
Matthew Mendoza, used with permission

A Collection of Last Words

The many ways to say goodbye.
"Picking Grass at the Bus Stop"/Charlene Croft/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Who Speaks for Autism?

By Barb Cohen on March 31, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
I would not want someone else to speak for me; to decide what I want and what I need; to judge whether my life is worth living. But autism is a family affair. We all need a voice.

Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?

The Woman Who Does it All

Women seem to hold up the world. Is this an identity, a self-created fate, or a default position when men in our lives do less than their share?

Dealing With Feelings

"Minimize affect inhibition... Maximize positive affects… Minimize negative affects.” — Silvan Tomkins

Top "Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces from the Past 6 Years

I always celebrate my anniversary of writing for Psychology Today with a post that offers some of my past pieces for reading.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Parental "No"

A parental "no" is a barrier to adolescent freedom. Parents have to decide when to keep the barrier up and when to let it down.

A Lost Opportunity for Mental Health Reform?

We don't let persons with Alzheimer’s leave the nursing home and wander the streets. Then, why do we allow persons with mental illness to refuse treatment and live under a bridge?

When Aging Parents Feel Like Giving Up—Now What?

The emotional price for caregiving can be high. But there are some things you can do to improve your energy and that of your loved one.

Photography Documenting Mental Illness Draws Criticism

Through her project, feelings of pain and hurt that Melissa held toward her mother were gone, and she found herself feeling greater empathy, acknowledging her mother's illness.

Nurture the Phoenix

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Can art + environment + psychology = a formula for our phoenix to rise from the ashes?