The path of a clinician

“Wow,” someone recently commented, “you have a hard job.” The person was referring to the trauma stories I get told, I suppose, or the heart wrenching difficulty of informing a family that their loved one has a probable Alzheimer’s...

8 myths about neuropsychological testing

People need to be at least 6 months post injury or acute illness before they should be tested. This is the worst of all the myths! I have seen patients acutely (like in the emergency department), and in all phases of their recovery. Please, if a neuropsychological...

Learning and memory

Learning and memory is one of my favorite topics in neuroscience and today I get to write a blog about it. Hooray! Let’s start with some definitions. Learning is defined as the process by which an experience changes our nervous system and behavior, and we refer to...

Being open to connection

Over the weekend I was reminded of an ancient word, ephphatha, which is usually translated as “to be opened,” as in to be opened to an experience. Another translation, “to be open to connection,” resonated with me because it summarizes my hope for Community...

Critical Conversations

We all need to have critical conversations with our family members and friends from time to time. For some caregivers, critical conversations pertain to hot-button issues like driving safety and the need for additional help with complex activities like finances,...

That stigma

About 1 in 5 adults in the United States will experience some form of mental health issue in their lifetime. Given how common mental health issues are, it’s amazing that there is still a stigma. But there absolutely is. Some people are shamed into thinking that their...