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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (cont.)

Support Groups and Counseling for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Coping with the symptoms of NPH can be difficult for both you and your family members. The condition affects every aspect of your life, including family relationships, work, financial status, social life, and physical and mental health. You may feel overwhelmed, depressed, frustrated, angry, or resentful. These feelings do not help the situation and usually make it worse.

This is why support groups were invented. Support groups are groups of people who have lived through the same difficult experiences and want to help themselves and others by sharing coping strategies.

Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, contact the organizations listed below. You can also ask your health care provider or behavior therapist, or go on the Internet. If you do not have access to the Internet, go to the public library.

For more information about support groups, contact the following agencies:

  • Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving - (800) 445-8106
  • Hydrocephalus Association - (415) 732-7040 or (888) 598-3789
  • Hydrocephalus Foundation, Inc. - (781) 942-1161
  • Hydrocephalus Support Group, Inc. - (636) 532-8228
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Pictures

    T2-weighted MRI showing dilatation of ventricles out of proportion to sulcal atrophy in a patient with normal pressure hydrocephalus. The arrow points to transependymal flow.
    T2-weighted MRI showing dilatation of ventricles out of proportion to sulcal atrophy in a patient with normal pressure hydrocephalus. The arrow points to transependymal flow.
    CT head scan of a patient with normal pressure hydrocephalus showing dilated ventricles. The arrow points to a rounded frontal horn.
    CT head scan of a patient with normal pressure hydrocephalus showing dilated ventricles. The arrow points to a rounded frontal horn.

    Medically reviewed by Joseph Carcione, DO; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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    "Normal pressure hydrocephalus"
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    Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/28/2015
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