Mental health

Depression

What Is Depression? Depression is an illness that involves feelings of sadness lasting for two weeks or longer, often accompanied by a loss of interest in life, hopelessness, and decreased energy. Such distressing feelings can affect one's ability to perform the usual tasks and activities of daily living. This is considered to be clinical depression. It is very different from a temporary case of...

General Health Care: Organizational Profiles

General Health Care: Organizational Profiles Physicians Who Care Physicians Who Care (PWC) is a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting the traditional doctor-patient relationship and ensuring quality health care. Formed in 1985 in San Antonio, Texas, the organization now has members in every state, most of them doctors in private practice. The organization believes the responsibility for medical care belongs first and foremost to...

Take a Mentally Healthy Vacation

Take a Mentally Healthy Vacation Mental Health Association of Colorado would like to offer the following tips to make your vacation mentally healthy. Where you go on vacation, what you choose to do and how long you stay tell a lot about the kind of person you are -- and the kind of person you'll be when you return. Before you make any plans, here is some advice about taking vacations: Shorter vacations taken more frequently are...

Phobias and Alternative Medicine

Phobias (from the Greek phobos, meaning fear or flight) are irrational and disabling fears that produce a compelling desire to avoid the dreaded object or situation. A phobic person understands that the fear is excessive or ground-less, but the effort to resist it only brings more anxiety. Phobias affect about 7 percent of the population, often beginning in childhood. Specific phobias are the...

How to Maintain Peak Mental Ability as You Get Older

Almost everyone-experiences some decline in memory and reaction time after age 40. But a rich network of neural connections-links between brain cells that allow them to communicate-can help compensate for these losses. A rich neural network may even help keep people from being incapacitated by Alzheimer's disease. Extensive neural connections seem to act as a kind of cognitive reserve allowing a...

Should Children Take Antidepressants?

Craig Whittington the last 12 months have witnessed radical changes and considerable controversy regarding how childhood and teenage depression is treated. Although few antidepressant drugs have been licensed for pediatric use, rates of prescribing in the under-18 age group have risen by 60 per cent over the past decade, with over a million children and adolescents receiving what are called...

Three-year-olds Capable of Firing Available Guns

Three-year-olds Capable of Firing Available Guns Contrary to the belief of some parents, police officers, and other professionals familiar with firearms, many young children are strong enough to fire most commercially available guns, according to an article in the December 1995 issue of the AMA's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Sara M. Naureckas, M.D., Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill., and colleagues tested the pull...

Epilepsy Related Questions and Answers

This is a common serious but treatable neurological disorder of the brain. It is characterised by recurrent unprovoked epileptic siezure which are due to an abnormal synchronised electrical discharge by neurons (or brain cells) in the brain. Epilepsy is not contagious. Any abnormal electrical discharge in the brain can cause disruption to the processes in the brain and cause abnormal functioning...

Master the Art of Relaxation

Master the Art of Relaxation The techniques you use (or don't use) to unwind can have a tremendous impact on your mental health. Here are a few tips on learning to unwind: Relax by trying something new and different. If you think you'll enjoy an activity -- whether it's needlepoint or mountain biking -- don't be afraid to try something just because it's new. Take a night course at a community college. Learn to dance. Swim...

Climbed the Mountain, Therapy for Brain

Climbed the Mountain, Therapy for Brain Want to have a greater power of concentration and synthesis in daily activities? Climbed the mountain is the action that you need, researchers think. But this exercise is not only good for the brain. Do not forget that in an hour of walking on the mountains Burn 1,500 calories. According to a New Zealand study, people who often climb the mountain are more optimistic and believe that they have...

Depression: Mental Disease / Illness

Introduction: Sitting on boat stern the tired boatman sings out in full throat, "O my boatman mind! Take hold of thy oars, no more can I ply (Mon majhi tor boitha ne re ami ar baite parlamna)! At dead of night Asia Begum, mother of five, bewails from the corner of a slum, "Oh Allah! Get me off from this earth; I am just undone!" Man gets exhausted at the monotony of ongoing life; even so there...

A Struggle for Survival

Becoming Human Was a distinct advantage to our prehistoric ancestors. While animals lost up to 80 per cent of their offspring at or shortly after birth, human beings were able to raise 70-80 per cent of their children. Human beings were also occasionally able to live beyond their reproductive years - a very unusual occurrence in animals - and this lengthening of life proved a human adaptative...

Humor Me, Please

Humor Me, Please "Laughter is free, legal, has no calories, no cholesterol, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and is absolutely safe." Dale Irvin Between the home and office, I was running ragged. My friend Sandy, who had been patiently listening to me complain about the housework piling up, suggested I shouldn't let the stress of it all get me down. Grinning, she added, "I would let the mess build up...

Obesity Increases Maternal Death

Obesity is the fastest growing cause of women dying in pregnancy or childbirth, a UK report shows. It suggested for taking extra care of pregnant women to reduce unexpected death. More than half the 295 women who died during or after pregnancy between 2003 and 2005 were overweight or obese. Gwyneth Lewis, CEMACH director and the government`s maternity tsar, said the figures showed that childbirth...

Ready, Aim, Smile: Small Act can Defeat Negativity

Ready, Aim, Smile: Small Act can Defeat Negativity We all have bad days - some more than others. Every person has his or her own stresses and issues he or she has to deal with, but do you ever run across people that seems to complain about everything? This is such a sad way to live life - the complainers who can never "see the light" or be content with what they have. These also are the people who are the quickest to complain about their...

Can We Fight Depression?

If one enters the term "mood disorder" in the largest online medical database - Medline - you get close to 62,000 hits. If you restrict your search to randomized controlled trials, generally considered the most reliable design for investigating the efficacy of treatments, still more than 3,200 hits appear. Considering the huge impact worldwide of depression on health, health care costs, and the...

A Marriage Between Social and Medical Sciences

The memorable day was 13 September 1994, in Cairo, Egypt. Representatives from 180 nations, among them thou-sands of women of every race and creed, jubilant for having won more than they had dared hope for. The world had publicly acknowledged that health and well-being, and equity and equality, for women are important ends in themselves. They had agreed that finding the balance between resources...