Alzheimer’s at age 2

Understanding Anti-Depressants
Do anti-depressants impair driving ability? Dr. Ordon explains how anti-depressants work, and Dr. Travis points out that people who are severely depressed have trouble with focus regardless, and driving requires focus. The Doctors agree that anti-depressants are a good thing but come with many side effects that people need to be aware of. Dr. Sears adds, “I look at exercise as a pharmaceutical, and I try to get my daily dose!”

Predicting a Child's Future

Genetic testing may soon predict which children will turn into the world’s greatest athletes. But are we pushing our kids too far? Dr. Lisa exclaims, “Let kids be kids!”

Baby Sleep Patterns

The Doctors discuss bedtime for babies and encourage parents to recognize and respect their baby’s intrinsic clock. New parents often try to mold their child’s sleep schedule to their own, and Dr. Sears emphasizes allowing baby to find his or her natural sleep schedule. Look for the signs of sleepiness, crankiness, etc. and put your child to bed! Dr. Ordon suggests, “You’ve heard the saying, 'let sleeping dogs lie?' Well, let sleeping babies lie!”

Childhood Alzheimer's

You might think of Alzheimer’s as a frightening disease most commonly experienced later in life. Imagine Chris and Hugh’s horror when their twin daughters, Cassi and Addi, started showing signs of the disease at age 2. Doctors were unable to find the cause of the toddlers’ ailments, and thought they were suffering from mononucleosis. Chris says, “As a mom, you have an instinct. I knew something more was going on than just mono.”

Now 4 years old, the twins were diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC), and are experiencing a progressive degeneration of their nervous system which gives them all the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Chris and Hugh wage a daily battle for their daughters’ minds and spend every waking moment searching for a cure. They share their devastating story and fervently pray for a miracle.    

Potentially Deadly Postpartum Depression

The Mayo Clinic cites that postpartum depression affects one in eight women. Most are afraid to admit they struggle with the disorder, but when left they are left untreated the results can be deadly. Fifty-six-year-old Michael recounts his wife’s tragic suicide due to her postpartum depression.   

Thirty-three-year-old Theresa’s marriage crumbled due to the illness and still struggles with anger, detachment and anxiety. She finds it hard to connect with her 2-year-old son and even has trouble being in the same room with him. “I feel so overwhelmed,” she says.

Dr. Lisa explains that postpartum depression almost mimics menopause in terms of physiological changes. Thirty-five-year-old Jenefer’s postpartum depression began in her third trimester of pregnancy and manifested as panic attacks. “I keep thinking I’m going to die,” she explains. Dr. Shoshanna Bennett, a postpartum depression expert, weighs in with advice for the women.





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