It wasn’t gradual. I didn’t ease into it. I woke up that day and everything was different.
Proposed changes to Medicare policy may leave some without coverage for the drugs that treat their mental illness. There’s still time to contact your senators before these changes are made.
I work from home, and even though we’re on the Do Not Call list, the phone rings all day. Robo-calls fish for people gullible or uninformed, and those with impaired…
My friend and fellow Psych Central blogger Margarita Tartakovsky recently crafted a moving post about aging and our bodies that I can’t stop thinking about. The reason the post stays on my…
Medicare cuts are in the news again. Medicare payments are slated to be decreased in January, and the anxiety is already mounting. According to KUT news (a part of the npr…
Is this just one more example of how the wealthy get to remain well and live longer? The well-off can afford teeth cleanings and the exorbitant costs of periodontal care, such as gum grafting. But what about the majority of the population who cannot afford such care?
Though it is a reasonable wish that the people we entrust to take care of our bodies should also take care of our minds, this may not be possible and should not be taken personally. In fact, some have made the case that detachment from emotions among physicians serves the purpose of allowing these clinicians to continue to do their work every day.
One of the great things about boomers is that they have been a generation that can take control. Look at the popular search results on weight and baby boomers and you will see a number of ways people can try to control weight. Just pick the right diet or exercise regimen; you too can look like Christie Brinkley. Really?
Of course, many people could do more to take care of themselves. Yet, I can’t help but wonder if the CNN article is another example of how we feel entitled to take shots at baby boomers. Some boomers have trouble with self-care. But we all do. Most statistics suggest that almost half of all Americans are noncompliant with medical recommendations.
Clearly, some middle-aged adults and baby boomers are being asked to fulfill roles that are unduly taxing and the stress is taking its toll. In addition to depression and substance use, caretaking may result in physical problems for those caretakers who do not manage their stress.
Medicine is not what it used to be. Doctors are more pressured that ever before and time for patients is increasingly limited. Although lack of time is a major complaint among people I see who need doctors, another common concern is the disquieting absence of bedside manner among some physicians.
There might be some hope for women who are tempted to judge their appearance critically. Baby boomers, who began turning 65 this year, have the potential to teach us about aging and it’s resultant anxieties.