Mental health

Treating Depression: Patients were not Healing With the First Medicine That I Tried had A Good Chance of Success The Second Time

Treating Depression: Patients were not Healing With the First Medicine (AP) - The largest study ever done on treating depression has found that patients were not healing with the first medicine that I tried had a good chance of success the second time. A third of those who added or changed medication were healing from illness mill which is in first place in the American mental health problems, researchers said. This is good news, but overall is more encouraging, say...

Young Children Develop In an Environment of Relationships

Young Children Develop In an Environment of Relationships NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL ON THE DEVELOPING CHILD is a multidisciplinary collaboration of leading scientists in early childhood and early brain development. Its mission is to bring sound and accurate science to bear on public decision-making affecting the lives of young children. THE ISSUE Healthy development depends on the quality and reliability of a young child’s relationships with the...

Good Preventive Medicine: How to Avoid Burning Out

Good Preventive Medicine: How to Avoid Burning Out A substantial percentage of professional working people will experience burnout at some point in their lives. Don't let it happen to you! Take action before you place yourself at risk. Set priorities in your own life Identity your core values, and develop your schedule accordingly, making time for people and activities most important and meaningful to you. Share your feelings with others Express...

The Treatment of Psychiatric Illness, Psychological Treatment

The Treatment of Psychiatric illness, Psychological Treatment General Measures or Simple Psychotherapy Any contact between doctor and patient has psychological aspects. A simple act, such as writing a prescription, has a psychological meaning. This depends on the setting in which the act occurs, the way it is carried out and the respective psychological attitudes, conscious and unconscious, of patient and doctor towards each other. To one patient the...

When You Lose A Loved One, Allowing Yourself Time to Grieve will Help

When You Lose A Loved One, Allowing Yourself Time to Grieve will Help Every one of us has experienced the loss of a loved one. Sometimes death occurs suddenly, as the result of an accident. While other times it takes place over a long period of time due to chronic illness or aging. Either way, there are few things more emotionally painful than losing a loved one. When a death occurs, family and friends are immediately bombarded with an array of emotions and a...

What Causes Dementia?

What Causes Dementia? Basic Introduction to Causes Changes that Occur During Alzheimer's Disease Genetic Issues Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Basic Introduction to Causes The exact cause of Alzheimer's Disease, a form of dementia, is still unknown. However, scientists have been able to indentify several contributing factors. Alzheimer's Disease is known to have a genetic componant as well as an environmental...

Phobias: Its Terms and Causes of Fear

Phobias: Its Terms and Causes of Fear What is a Phobia? A phobia is an abnormal fear of a specific object or a certain situation. It is a type of anxiety disorder which can precipitate a panic attack. People with phobias tend to avoid these situations or objects and become anxious when they anticipate having to meet them. For example, people may dread the sight or touch of a spider (arachnophobia) or have a morbid fear of heights (...

Stress Basics

What is Stress? Definition: a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation. Stress is tension or pressures that are a natural part of living our lives. Changes and events in our lives (getting married, illness, changing jobs) are a major source of stress. Pressures and tension from both good and bad changes can trigger our...

Drug Addiction and Its Remedies

In recent years Drug Addiction has significantly increased in Bangladesh. This agent of human devastation has spread its tentacles worldwide and also in our country. Every intelligent and humane person in the world society and international organisations such as the UN and WHO are alarmed by the present rate of addiction. In our country the regular seizures of stocks of heroin and other hard...

Diet for Depressions, Moods and Phobias

Individuals with depression often fail to take care of themselves, neglecting their appearance and eating irregularly. Nutritious food is needed by the human body to cope with any disease, but unfortunately, depressed people are especially likely to be careless about their nutrition. Individuals suffering from depression should eat plenty of high grade proteins, such as meat, dairy products, eggs...

EEG, Epilepsy and Status Epilepticus

Basic Principles of Analog & Digital EEG Recording Introduction Since the first human EEG recordings by Hans Berger, the EEG machine has gradually evolved from its humble beginnings. From Berger's string galvanometer to single, then few, then multiple-channel analog machines recording on reams of contiguous paper to the current sophisticated multi-channel extremely portable computer-based...

How Can We Define Mental Illness or Disorder?

Stethoscope: How can we define mental illness or disorder? Professor Firoz: A mental disorder is an illness with psychological or behavioural sign associated with impaired functioning due to a biological, social, psychological, genetic physical or chemical disturbance. It is measured in terms of variation from some normative concept. Each illness has characteristic sign and symptoms. Stethoscope...

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) More than 150 symptoms have been reported in association with PMS. There are five basic categories: Anxiety (includes nervousness, mood swings, irritability & impatience) Depression (includes crying, confusion, social withdrawal & insomnia) Pain (includes backache, cramps and breast pain) Water retention (includes abdominal bloating, weight gain & swelling) Hypoglycemia (includes...

Children’s Phobias

A phobia is an irrational or exaggerated fear of objects, situations, or bodily functions that aren't inherently dangerous. Phobias are different from the fears that 'are normal for the child's stage of development or fears caused by conflicts in the home. School phobia is one example of an exaggerated fear. It may cause a child 6 or 7 years of age to refuse to go to school. The child may either...

Healing Hopes

As recently as the 1980s, people hardly dared mention to their doctor that they were seeking alternative therapy. Today, more than half of GPs recommend complementary medicine to their patients. However, there is only patchy evidence that most complementary medical systems actually work. Toby Murcott touches on some of it in this excellent overview of the subject. Even if he is somewhat...

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Possibly Other Dementias

Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) What May Help Prevent AD and possibly other dementias? Continued Education Cardiovascular Exercise Estrogen Replacement Therapy Antioxidants Use of Anti-inflammatory Agents Plus H2-blockers (anti-ulcer Agents) Continued Education Given the reduced risk of AD for persons with at least 8 years of education, it is reasonable to recommend active, regular use of thinking skills such as reading,...

How Common is Depression?

Depression is the "common cold of mental health problems". The World Health Organization (WHO) recently ranked depression as the leading cause of morbidity in developing nations in the next century. Everyone has felt sad at one time or another. Usually it is due to a disappointment, frustration or losing someone. Such sadness is normal. Time heals, the mood lifts and people continue to get on...

Major Depressive Disorder

Clinical Features and Course Major depressive disorder may begin at any age, although it usually begins in the mid-20s and 30s. Symptoms develop over days to weeks. Some people have only a single episode, with a full return to premorbid functioning. However, more than 50 percent of those who initially suffer a single major depressive episode eventually develop another. In these cases, diagnosis...

The Types of Psychiatric illness

The Types of Psychiatric illness The Psychoneuroses Anxiety and the Anxiety State Some forms of psychological defences were described. These serve to prevent various mental conflicts from resulting in the unpleasant state of tension technically termed ‘anxiety’. `Anxiety' covers all degrees of fear from mild apprehension to uncontrolled panic. Its sources are, frequently, unconscious. Paradoxically, this is still true even in...

Exercise and Heart Attack

Regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Recently, this impression has been reinforced by new scientific evidence linking regular physical activity to a wide array of physical and mental health benefits. It has already been proved that regular physical activity can prevent formation of atheroma (block) inside your coronary artery....