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Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior

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Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior

SKU# 9781936303533

Coping with Parkinson's Disease

Author: Joseph Friedman MD


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Fully Revised and Updated

The only complete and up-to-date book addressing the most common behavioral symptoms of ParkinsonÌs Disease (PD), including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, disrupted sleep, and compulsive behavior.

When people think about PD they usually picture tremor, shuffling, and other physical changes. But as many as 90% of all ParkinsonÌs patients also live with behavioral symptoms that few families are prepared to handle. In this fully revised and updated edition of Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Dr. Joseph H. Friedman, a leading expert in PD, explains the most common behavioral issues in down-to-earth, straightforward language, offers the most current research on available therapies and medications, and provides guidance on ways to communicate with your healthcare team for effective treatment.

Now, fully updated and revised throughout and including three new chapters and two new appendices, Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior includes even more information on a variety of treatment options, including Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). It is an essential resource for every person with PD and his or her family.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 23, 2013
  • Page Count 264
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303533
  • EISBN 9781617051753

Table of Contents 

Introduction to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
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. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Chapter 17. Misperception
Chapter 18. Placebo
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
Appendix C: Urban Myth: L-Dopa Stops Working in Five Years
Appendix D: Staging Parkinsonís Disease
Appendix E: Thereís Only One Reason to Nag
Appendix F: Why You Should Not Go to the Emergency Department (And Why You Should!)

Editorial Review(s) 

Praise for Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior:

"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 style and he communicates complex medical issues with ease... He is the rare physician who is able to put himself in the patient's shoes." — 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

“Dr. Friedman mixes knowledge and understanding with clinical vignettes to illuminate the dark interface between brain and behavior. As you read these pages, you can almost hear him talking to his patients.” — Dr. Lewis Sudarsky, Director of Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA