Category Archives for Mental Health

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....

Panic Attack Symptoms

Panic attack is a medical condition wherein patients experience a sudden episode marked by intense fear triggered by no clear reason. Patients usually think that they are dying, losing control or suffering from heart attack. Possible causes include changes in brain functions, stress and genetics. Help fight the different minor and major panic attack symptoms by taking a closer look at the diagnosis and treatments for this particular condition. Signs of Panic Attack Amongst the numerous symptoms...

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that typically materializes near middle age. In rare cases where the disease manifests in younger individuals the disease is usually more aggressive and maintains more pronounced symptoms. It generally affects people of European descent and is classified as a rare disease affecting only as much as 7 in 100000 people of European ancestry. Read more

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

Definition Few sensations are as frightening as not being able to get enough air. Although shortness of breath, known medically as dyspnea — is likely to be experienced differently by different people, it’s often described as an intense tightening in the chest or feeling of suffocation. You may experience shortness of breath just once or have recurring episodes. Causes of shortness of breath Anxiety People who talk for long periods of time while teaching, reading aloud, working on the telephone,...

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...

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...