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 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,...

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...

Natural Remedies for ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or AD/HD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder and is recognized as one of the most common childhood disorders although it may continue through adolescence and adulthood. Read more

What Causes Depression?

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes depression as a common mental disorder that causes the sufferer to have depressed and pessimistic mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, irritability, restlessness, body aches and pains, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. These problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual’s ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities....

What Causes Fear?

What is fear Fear is an emotional response to a threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Fear should be distinguished from the related emotional state of anxiety, which typically occurs without any external threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable. Causes of fear Our brain...

Panic Attack Treatment

Defining Panic Attacks When one describes a panic attack, they often describe a sudden burst of terror or at least feelings associated with fear. These attacks usually occur without any warning and occur in episodes. These outbursts or episodes of fear can occur any time. It can even occur when the patient is asleep. There are a variety of panic attack treatments that can be used on patients. Treatments usually involve both medications and lifestyle changes. The patient who experiences a panic attack...

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...