Category Archives for Mental Health

What Causes Night Sweats?

Night sweats are also known as Sleep Hyperhidrosis and refers to the occurrence of abnormally excessive perspiration during sleep or while awake. Night sweats may also be referred to as “severe hot flashes which occur at night and result in a drenching sweat”. Night sweats are more common in adults, but also affect children. Night sweats are generally harmless and are more cumbersome because they tend to interrupt sleep patterns. They can also be brought on by medications, infections or cancer;...

What Causes Crying Jags?

A jag is described as overindulgence in an activity such as crying hence the term crying jag. Crying jags are uncontrolled bouts of crying which may last for long periods and can be cathartic. Developmental psychologist Dr. Aletha Solter states that “crying removes excess stress-related chemicals from the body and serves the purpose of restoring the body’s chemical balance after a stressful event has occurred. Crying is a beneficial physiological process that allows people to cope with stress...

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety is otherwise known as generalized anxiety disorder. It is usually characterized by exaggerated and excessive anxiety about ordinary events in life. Usually there are no reasons behind such excessive worries. In fact, there aren’t even any obvious reasons why a patient has to worry. The people who suffer from this disorder have that tendency to expect certain disaster. Some of the common things that people with this disorder worry about include family, money, health, school, and work....

Autism Symptoms

Recent years have seen an increase in the understanding of this health condition. By recognizing the symptoms early, getting treatment and establishing proper care becomes possible. Autism Signs One of the most conspicuous symptoms is not speaking; those who do only say a single word. In most cases the child may repeat a phrase or word he or she has heard. Another major sign is limited interest. Instead of playing with other kids, they just repeat the simple actions of people around them. Aside...

15 Ways to Improve Your Memory

The brain is a quirky organ. No matter the extent of brain research over the years, many of the secrets of this body part remain unknown. Memory retention is a crucial brain function that affects mental acuity, and improving the human ability to absorb, store and retrieve information is critical to your achievements in life. Memory enhancement requires an understanding of basic brain processes and the factors that may affect these processes. Photo by Pixabay 1. Understand the memory system Psychologists...

Depression Symptoms

Depression, which is otherwise known as major depressive disorder, is primarily a mental illness marked by an extremely low mood. Furthermore, this state of mind is also characterized by a loss of pleasure and interest on things that are usually enjoyable in nature. Patients of this mental disorder have very low self-esteem. A combination of environmental, genetic and biochemical factors can contribute to the development of this serious health problem. People can understand this problematic state...

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (US) describes the disease as a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms differ in individuals and may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable. Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances...

Depression Treatment

There is more to depression than just a feeling of being sad or a feeling of impending doom, lifelessness, emptiness, and apathy. Depression is no ordinary feeling as most would describe. It engulfs one’s life day in and day out. It often interferes with the ability to sleep, study, work, and eventually have fun. Depression treatment will require one to understand what depression is in order to cope with it. Symptoms/Signs of Depression Part of the initial stages of depression treatment is identifying...