Mental health

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's disease, a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain in which brain cells die and are not replaced. According to the Alzheimer's Association, its ten chief warning signs are: Recent memory loss that affects job skills Difficulty performing familiar tasks Problems with language Disorientation of time and place Poor or decreased judgment Problems with abstract thinking Misplacing...

Parenting for Self-Esteem

Parenting for Self-Esteem Virtually every child, teen, and even adult I see in my clinical practice, suffers from a self-esteem problem in some way, shape, or form. And essentially all parents seeking information or counseling about their child's emotional development want to know how to build their child's self-esteem. Whether intuitively or from exposure to psychological research findings, we all seem to recognize the...

Some Facts about Suicide and Depression

Some Facts about Suicide and Depression WHAT IS DEPRESSION? Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder. The lifetime risk for depression is 6 to 25%. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 9.5% or 20.9 million American adults suffer from a depressive illness in any given year. There are two types of depression. In major depression, the symptoms listed below interfere with one’s ability to function in...

A Wonder Brain Disease Treatment

"This is such a wonderful experience!" sighed Mr. Islam with relief upon emerging from the Gamma Knife treatment room. "I was so worried - almost devastated - with the diagnosis of my brain tumor. I constantly thought about a painful brain surgery. I even thought of death from it," he continued. "Then through a local doctor I contacted Dr. Paul, a Bangladesh-born doctor in Bangkok Hospital. He...

Mental Health

Mental health problems can take many forms: The Fortune 500 executive with mood swings who drinks martinis to get through the day; the college senior struggling with depression who snorts cocaine to get through the semester; the housewife riddled with fear who needs a carton of cigarettes and bottle of tranquilizers just to leave her house. Although the problems -- and the people -- are vastly...

Steroids - You May Not Get What You Bargained For

Steroids - You May Not Get What You Bargained For Anabolic steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone that are typically injected into the body. Many brands must be administered with huge syringes, and the needle must penetrate the muscle deeply. An estimated one million Americans, half of them teenagers, use anabolic steroids. Most are obtained illegally...through the black market. And...the market for black-market steroids is...

Phobia Overview

Phobia Overview Definition A persistent, irrational fear of an object, activity or situation that compels a person to avoid it, and causes distress and function impairment. Causes, incidence, and risk factors Phobias produce anxiety and often panic that is out of proportion to the actual threat of the feared object or situation. Common simple phobias are those involving animals or insects, a fear...

Phobic Disorders

Phobic Disorders Phobias involve persistent, unrealistic, intense anxiety in response to specific external situations, such as looking down from heights or coming near a small dog. People who have a phobia avoid situations that trigger their anxiety, or they endure them with great distress. However, they recognize that their anxiety is excessive and therefore are aware that they have a problem. Agoraphobia...

Healing the Depressed Brain

Healing the Depressed Brain Scientists and mental health professionals have made major strides in understanding and treating major depression, including the discovery of the role played by imbalances in brain chemicals such as serotonin and noradrenaline. But there is increasing evidence that there is more to the story: depression also involves structural changes in areas of the brain that are involved in mood, memory, and...

Beware of Professional Burnout

Beware of Professional Burnout Consider this article a beep on your emotional beeper...an existential wake-up call of critical importance. You or your co-workers may be suffering from Professional Burnout and not realize it. Or maybe you just want to prevent burning out. A wise decision. Professional Burnout -- hereafter referred to as "PBO" -- is a serious problem. Not only can it cause executives and their families great...

FACT SHEET - Women and Depression

FACT SHEET - Women and Depression Facts on Women and Depression Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from clinical depression. More than 11 million American women are afflicted with clinical depression each year. Clinical depression is most prevalent in women during childbearing years but can occur at any age. Symptoms of Depression: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says symptoms of depression include the following...

What is Dianetics Technology?

Dianetics is a technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard that specifically addresses the reason for stress, depression and anxiety. While developing Dianetics, Mr. Hubbard researched human behavior and successes and failures and the underlying causes of these things. The research he did resulted in the procedures of Dianetics that can be used by anyone to easily rid themselves of the cause of their...

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, typically slow and fitful in its progress, with effects that can range from relatively minor physical annoyances to major disabilities. The root problem is electrical. Normally, most nerves in the body are insulated by a fatty substance called myelin, which permits the efficient transmission of electrical impulses - the nerve signals...

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 prescription may convey only kindness and...

A Hole in the Head

Prehistoric people believed that pain and disease originated outside the body - not only from injuries but also from evil spirits. Witch doctors and shamans were employed to exorcise malevolent beings, but if they failed, there was an operation that might do the trick. Trepannation - one of the very few prehistoric medical practices, for which we have archaeological evidence - involved cutting a...

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is an elusive neurological disorder with a broad range of symptoms, widely differing degrees of severity, and much mystery about why it strikes. In all cases, however, it re-sults from electrical storms in the brain-erratic discharging by neurons. The electrical misfiring of brain cells produces epilepsy's characteristic seizures, which may occur infrequently or in rapid succession....

Mental Health and Diet

Mental health problems and pyschiatric illness range from mood disorders to depression to schizophrenia and other complicated psychiatric problems. Individuals with depression often fail to take care of themselves, neglecting their appearance and eating irregularly. Depressed people are especially careless about their nutrition. The resulting poor nourishment may impede recovery. There is some...

Tips on How You Can Help When Your Loved One is Depressed

Tips on How You Can Help When Your Loved One is Depressed Depression Is Real Depression is a common and serious medical condition that impacts more than 30 million Americans every year. Depression can affect people regardless of their age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or educational level. Someone being treated for chronic kidney disease (CKD) has a greater risk of suffering from depression than those in the general population. CKD impacts every...

Mental Health Disorders

A number of mental health disorders may occur in childhood. Among them are autism, childhood disintegrative disorder, childhood schizophrenia, depression, mania and manic depressive illness, suicidal behavior, conduct disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and somatoform disorders. In addition, gender identity disorder first becomes apparent during childhood, and substance abuse disorders are...

The Causes of Psychiatric illness

The Causes of Psychiatric illness Illness is generally the result of a number of different factors operating together rather than of a single cause. For example, an illness such as pneumonia may be regarded as an infection of the lungs by bacteria, but mere contact with such organisms does not necessarily lead to pneumonia. A person's inherited susceptibility to chest infection, his own acquired resistance to the bacteria and his...