Dr. Ashok J Bharucha

Dr. Ashok J. Bharucha was born in India, but raised in the USA for most of his childhood. He graduated with a B.A. in chemistry and German, Cum Laude, with departmental honors in German from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He also completed his M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. After completing his residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Bharucha has practiced adult and geriatric psychiatry for nearly thirty years in academic and private settings. He has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards and nominations, has been involved in research funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute on Aging, amongst others, and has been listed amongst the Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in America. He currently operates a private practice, Transformations: Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, PC.

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Talk therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses not just on verbal communication (despite its vernacular label), but also nonverbal communication. Talk therapy is used to treat a range of mental illnesses, as well communication and interpersonal problems.

Aging presents many challenges for everyone involved, from family members trying to keep up with changing needs to clinicians struggling to find effective treatments for worsening symptoms

Industry-leading psychiatrist Dr. Ashok J. Bharucha was recently featured in an exclusive online interview where he provides insight into his various professional accomplishments. 

Amid a global pandemic, the world has experienced serious psychosocial stressors. The alarmingly high rates of mental illness and substance abuse in the USA were further accentuated by the COVID-19 crisis.

“After nearly twenty years of involvement in rigorous academic research and education, I decided to pursue a private clinical practice. As much as I enjoyed the intellectual intensity of academia, …”

“In my line of work, bringing ideas to life translates into a keen understanding of the patient’s problems – biological, psychological, and social – and collaborating with the patient to understand their hopes and dreams and the obstacles they encounter.”

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Clinical Evaluation of Suspected Dementia

In the first post, I defined dementia as a nondescript umbrella term that is commonly used to refer to any acquired (not congenital) condition in which there is a progressive, often irreversible, decline in cognitive and functional abilities from a prior baseline. It affects one or more of the following cognitive abilities: memory and learning, complex attention, language skills, social cognition, perceptual-motor skills, and a broad category called executive dysfunction. I also emphasized in the introductory post that dementia is not solely diagnosed based on cognitive dysfunction; rather, diagnosis requires an impairment in the ability for independent living.  The topic

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What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term commonly used to refer to any acquired (not present since birth) condition in which there is a progressive, often irreversible, decline in cognitive and functional abilities. The problem with this general term is that it offers no insight into the underlying cause of the dementia. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) recognizes the following forms of dementia, now referred to as neurocognitive disorders: Alzheimer’s disease Frontotemporal lobar degeneration Lewy body disease Vascular disease Traumatic brain injury Substance/medication use HIV infection Prion disease Parkinson’s disease Huntington’s disease Another medical condition Multiple

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