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
Everyone feels down from time to time; occasionally feeling sad or angry is a part of life. However, if a self-defeating attitude becomes permanent, it can draw a line between confidence and pessimism. It has long been known that the mind has a great influence on the physical body and researchers in San Diego, California, set out to determine if Chinese beliefs about medicine and astrology affected their longevity.
One task at a time benefits brain and body
Anyone perusing the classified job ads will notice the word “multi-tasking” appears quite often. Employers are looking for employees who can handle several duties at once. The pace of life in the 21st century has revved up for everyone and not just at work. A mother driving her child to daycare must simultaneously keep her eyes on the road while talking on a hands-free phone and attempting to calm her cranky toddler in the back seat.
The results of a study in Europe have proclaimed that depressed people who engage in risky behavior and display agitation and impulsivity are at least 50 percent more inclined to attempt suicide than others. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, marking a reminder to learn the warning signs of impending suicide. Continue reading
Engaging in conversation about mental illness with the average person proves that lack of information and stigmas continue to flourish. Negative stereotypes abound and are communicated from person to person. Anyone can be stricken with mental illness at any time. Heredity, body chemistry and life events all contribute to mental illness and not one person is immune from becoming mentally ill. Continue reading
Dependent personality disorder(DPD) is characterized by a pattern of submissive and clinging behaviors for an excessive need to be taken care of, leading to fears of separation. Typically DPD begins in early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts, including other symptoms shared with other mental and personality disorders. Continue reading
A person with a personality disorder would normally be dealing with one of 10 main personality disorders. The definition of a personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual’s culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads to distress or impairment. In order for the pattern of behavior to constitute a personality disorder, it must cause significant functional impairment or subjective distress (DSM-5).
Drugs and alcohol can cause profound mental health problems, as well as increase the severity of pre-existing mental illness symptoms. According to the National Institute of Mental Illness, drug abuse can bring about symptoms of other mental illnesses, as well as increase the risk of psychosis. On the flip side, mental illness can lead to drug abuse, usually as a means of self-medication.
Cognitive training and cognitive rehabilitation are interventional approaches designed to address alterations, injuries or impairment of cognitive functioning. According to the Center for Brain Training, the brain has the ability to change itself, also known as neuroplasticity. The main premise behind “brain training” holds that through utilizing brain training games and exercises, one can learn to regulate cognitive and mental functioning on their own. Some scientists see this as an innovative approach to treat addictions, learning disabilities and mental health disorders such as Attention deficit disorder (ADD), Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and Borderline personality disorder.
Oftentimes, when a patient is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, they will undergo a treatment plan that includes both therapy and medication. A psychologist will meet with a patient to assist them with cognitive and behavioral therapies and other coping skills, whereas a psychiatrist is licensed to prescribe medication and will determine the specific type, along with the dosage, that is right for them. It is important to note that medications are not intended to be a cure for sufferers, but they will help treat certain symptoms so they are able to function in everyday life. Continue reading