Medical staff find comfort in honoring lives

Those in the medical field who care for gravely ill or injured patients must come to terms with the possibility of witnessing death. Doctors and nurses working in emergency departments and intensive care units, for example, try every conceivable treatment to keep their patient alive, but when if the moment of death comes, the frustration and sadness is palpable.

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Mental illness awarness week: Finding success in the face of mental illness

A person suffering from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia must not only face the rigors of the condition’s symptoms, but also the commonly held, negative perceptions of the illness. It is such stigma that often keeps those with mental illness from informing loved ones about the symptoms and seeking treatment for the condition. Continue reading

Ketamine for depression treatment

At any given moment, 15 million Americans are suffering from depression, a debilitating life-changing disease. There are many antidepressant medications available to the public and treatment for the condition usually consists of a combination of medication and therapy. The drug ketamine is gaining popularity among doctors as a treatment for depression though it has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the purpose. Continue reading

Common warning signs of suicidal ideation

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an American dies due to committing suicide every 12.95 minutes. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States (AFSP, 2015). There are many reasons why a person might feel suicidal with factors ranging from drug abuse to mental health disorders and it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Those with mental health disorders are more likely to actually commit suicide than those without mental health disorders (Peterson, 2014). Whatever the circumstances, treatment should be sought out if verbal or behavioral warning signs of suicide present themselves. Suicidal ideation or thoughts of suicide, can range from simply considering the idea to a detailing exact plans of the act. Continue reading

Dealing with stress and its dangers

Just as stress and anxiety can cause a hormonal imbalance, so too can hormonal imbalances cause stress. An excess of a thyroid hormone can trigger panic attacks. Stress can also trigger excessive cortisol production which leads to further anxiety symptoms. Other natural causes such as menstruation, adrenaline release and pregnancy can also cause stress and anxiety. Continue reading

Cognitive behavioral therapy for panic attacks

When a person has a panic attack, he or she typically experiences the feeling of impending or current harm along with symptoms such as weakness, dizziness, sweaty palms or a pounding heart. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition, the “attack” can last anywhere from ten minutes to an hour, sometimes even longer. Panic attacks can cause serious problems for those dealing with them. Continue reading

Identifying and treating PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) initially developed from the struggle of Vietnam War veterans suffering and coping with the psychological and physiological after-effects of combat. The National Institute of Mental Health describes PTSD as an anxiety disorder which develops after a traumatic event and it can be caused by various types of traumatic experiences. Child abuse, incest, domestic violence, exposure to death and dying, auto collision, repeated physical abuse, repeated mental abuse, medical complications and/or surgery are all situations which can result in PTSD. Continue reading