Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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06/28/2019
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Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
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A study published in the journal  JAMA Internal Medicine  on Monday suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly antidepressants such as paroxetine or amitriptyline, bladder antimuscarinics such as oxybutynin or tolterodine, antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine or olanzapine and antiepileptic drugs such as oxcarbazepine or carbamazepine.

Researchers wrote in the study that "there was nearly a 50% increased odds of dementia" associated with a total anticholinergic exposure of more than 1,095 daily doses within a 10-year period, which is equivalent to an older adult taking a strong  anticholinergic medication daily for at least three years , compared with no exposure.

"The study is important because it strengthens a growing body of evidence showing that strong anticholinergic drugs have long term associations with dementia risk," said Carol Coupland, professor of medical statistics in primary care at the  University of Nottingham  in the United Kingdom and first author of the study.

CLICK HERE to find out more about this extensive study.

CLICK HERE to READ the study.

CLICK HERE for more on anticholinergic drugs and a list of medications in this category.
LAST OPPORTUNITY to Give Us Your Opinion with this Survey.

Thanks to everyone who has participate so far. If you would like to help us create our priorities for the upcoming year, please take our online survey.

Our " Make Membership Matter " Campaign is designed to bring sharper clarity and focus on the needs and desires of the families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals we were created to support.

If you haven't already, please take several minutes to tell us what you think and give us your ideas on how we can best serve Maryland's brain injury community as we charge forward in our 4th Decade of service. YOUR OPINION MATTERS.

Thank you in advance for your time, talents, and support.
Experts are concerned we'll see a rise in brain damage among people who survive multiple ODs in the age of fentanyl.
Jared has overdosed on opioids to the point where he needed to be revived with naloxone at least four times. The worst of those incidents, he recalled, came in April 2016, leaving him in a coma for weeks and ending with the amputation of both of his legs.

The last thing he remembers is sitting down on some stairs to smoke a cigarette.

"I nodded out and my upper half fell in between my legs, cutting off my circulation to my lower half for 6-10 hours," said the 27-year old Tennessee native, who requested his last name be withheld so he could speak openly about his drug history. He described how his overdose led to muscle tissue breakdown ( rhabdomyolysis , which oddly can also result from excessive exercise) and liver and kidney failure. Jared, who now uses a wheelchair and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, spent two weeks on life support and a month in intensive care.

While clinicians and researchers have been understandably focused on the immediate effects of the  overdose crisis in America , there is a frightening dearth of knowledge about the long-term outcomes for people like Jared, who have recurrent overdoses. These questions are especially pertinent given that  super-potent fentanyl and its derivatives , which can spark faster overdoses (and bring them on more often) than other opioids, have now so  thoroughly contaminated America's heroin supply. In fact, some researchers have become concerned that, much the same way repeated concussions appear to cause later cognitive and emotional problems in football players, recurrent overdose in the age of fentanyl saturation could lead to delayed neurological consequences in people with opioid addiction.

CLICK HERE for more on this oncoming tsunami.
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Otherwise it will choose problems that can’t be solved
I was trying hard not to lose my sh*t this morning.
It takes a lot for me to lose my cool at this stage of my life. I have a lot of good mental tools that I use to shift perspective when the unexpected happens. And most of the time, I know that flying off the handle never gets me the results that I want.
But this morning, my team made an error related an important work project for the fourth time. For the fourth time we had to reschedule a meeting because someone missed a few key details.

At this point, I had used every tool in my toolbox to manage my own mind. I was all out. The anger and frustration were creeping higher and higher. I spent the morning fixated on what went wrong. My mind working feverishly on the Rubik’s Cube of all that had happened on this project in the past. Looking for some way to undo what had already been done.

Because I was working from home, in the middle of the day I took a break to drive my kids over to a friends’ house. They were going to spend the afternoon at a water park. They were bubbling over with enthusiasm, but I was silent and distracted. My mind was still working on the puzzle from this morning.
My kids asked me why I was being so quiet. (Another reminder that your kids see everything). I told them I was still thinking about a “work thing” from the morning.

And then my 8 year old asked, with genuine curiosity: Why are you still thinking about that?

CLICK HERE to see how Dr. Knobelman answered the query.
What We are Reading We Think
You Might FInd Interesting
Want to speak openly about topics that need to be faced right now? Want to manage difficult situations in your life and gain inner clarity? Want to know how to be okay with yourself, no matter what?

Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down is a how-to guide for those who want to feel all their feelings, speak their truth, claim their boundaries, and advocate for issues that matter to them.

• Examine your feelings to discover what you truly want.
• Manage your emotions to support your next steps.
• Control your thoughts to find peace and productivity.
• Focus your message to be more clear and effective.

Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down is an invitation to free your voice, reclaim who you are meant to be, and successfully guide your relationships, especially the one with yourself.

CLICK HERE to find out more.
CLICK HERE to hear Erin on the NameIt! Podcast.
5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"The question isn't who's going to let me; the question is, who's going to stop me!” 

The Baltimore region is currently conducting a study about residents’ housing needs and experiences living, working, or going to school in the region. 


The answers to this survey will help determine Maryland’s fair housing priorities moving forward including for people with disabilities.

This survey is an important part of improving housing choices. It is not associated with a ballot issue or political poll. It is expected that the survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

At the end of the survey you can enter a chance to win a
$100 Visa gift card! 
Have you ever clicked on the beautiful pictures posted at the end of every #5ThoughtsFridays? Try it. You might learn something fun!
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