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About Mike Takieddine

Mine has been a privileged life, first for having traveled all over as son of a diplomatic family, then for having had the opportunity to study at Oxford, and finally for a gratifying career in geriatric home care where I had the opportunity to restore sanity and optimism to many family caregivers. I look forward to using this wonderful medium to discuss subjects of interest to my readers.

Heredity – Dumping Your Genetic Predispositions

In what follows, we are struck by the fact that all human beings are extraordinarily similar in composition -99.9% similar. So what is it that makes one person taller than another, or with better eyesight, or destined to acquire a disorder later in life? Can science finally crack the genetic code while we are still [...]

Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Part 3 of 3

We saw in Parts 1 and 2 how confounding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be. Research has shown that sufferers remain mired in its grip for 9 years on average before it is properly diagnosed, and for roughly 15 years on average (from the time of the first obsessions) before they start getting professional help. Obstacles [...]

Diagnosing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Part 2 of 3

We described Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in part 1 of this series as being a mental disorder characterized by persistent, anxiety-triggering images (referred to as obsessions) that elicit repetitive and ritualized behaviors (known as compulsions). It is estimated that OCD affects roughly 2.5% of the populations of the West, and it often first appears in children [...]

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Part 1 of 3

  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects approximately 2.5% of the populations in both the U.S. and the U.K. It is a two-part disorder, the two parts usually afflicting the sufferer concurrently. In the first part, obsessions twirl uncontrollably in the sufferer’s mind, frightful images, overpowering impulses, and a frequent state of [...]

Intuition – The Partner You Need to Meet

Even hardened skeptics cannot dispel the notion that we are all born with instincts, e.g. the instincts to suck and cry and respond to warmth and affection. But that is only the beginning, for intuition rises far above that threshold. Instinct is but a knee-jerk reaction to things physical and earthy, whereas intuition can break [...]

Staying Younger, Longer, with Health and Vitality

I promise not to dwell on eating leafy vegetables, smoking, being obese, avoiding sugars and other similar platitudes. I even promise not to broach the subjects of good-for-you foods, exercise, vitamins and nutritional supplements. I feel readers know enough already about omega-3 fats and the merits of a daily 15-minute walk. Awareness – “The road [...]

The Two-Headed Monster of Guilt and Stress

Oh the baggage we carry with us, the dead weight that gives us the crouch in our posture and the strain in the brain. Guilt is a lifetime companion that latches on even before we are born –much like a concentrate seeping down from the mother’s womb to lodge in our embryonic heads. We then [...]

When Skepticism Borders On Cynicism

 Don’t feel insulted if you’d been in Greece in the 5th century BC and you’d been dubbed a “skeptikos”. It would have simply meant that you’d been tagged as someone who posed a lot of questions and who liked to ask for proof or logical explanations. And across the ages, skepticism has had a sickly [...]

How to Get Help for a Parent with Alzheimer’s

A rule of thumb about home care agencies is that they charge from a third to a half more than they pay the caregivers. For example if an agency charges $17/hour for a Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA), they probably pay the Aide approximately $11/hour. And if you need someone to live-in with your parent –an [...]

Boomers: Plan on Your Parents Getting Alzheimer’s

Trigger events When trigger events strike, you are left with a horrendous burden and having to scramble for answers and loose ends in the dark. For example, you could be preparing dinner for your family in New Jersey when you get a phone call from a hospital in Delaware telling you that your mother has [...]