And that someone is Joseph H. Friedman, MD* in his new book Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior: Coping with Parkinson’s Disease, released on November 28, 2007. It is refreshing that Dr. Friedman not only understands the connection between the PD brain and PD behavior but also has the ability to clearly explain this relationship.
This book, written in laymen’s language, is the only one of its kind. It focuses entirely on an area that most doctors overlook, an area that often causes the most problems and can be the most treatable.
While patients and families are usually aware of the physical challenges that accompany Parkinson’s Disease, few are prepared for the common behavioral aspects that impact their quality of life, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, apathy, dementia, paranoid delusions, compulsive behaviors, and sleep disorders. There is also a chapter on the impact of Parkinson's on patients’ driving abilities.
This book is a wonderful resource for patients, care partners and family members. It is also invaluable for healthcare professionals looking for a tool to help their patients open up about the challenges they are facing.
And who wouldn’t be touched by a doctor who dedicated his book to: “My patients, whose courage, resilience and fortitude are a never-ending source of inspiration.”
Learn more about Dr. Friedman and his valuable book on his website at: http://www.joseph-friedman.com/
* Joseph H. Friedman, MD, is the director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of NeuroHealth; Clinical Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University; and Adjunct Professor in the School of Pharmacy of the University of Rhode Island.