Category Archives for Mental Health

What Causes Nightmares?

Dreams are a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. A nightmare is an unpleasant dream. It occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that arouses strong unpleasant emotional responses of intense, inescapable fear, terror, distress, or extreme anxiety that usually awakens the sleeper. Other disturbing emotions such as anger, guilt, sadness or depression may occur in a nightmare. Nightmares tend to be complex and fairly long. Nightmares occur exclusively...

What Causes Stress?

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger – whether it’s real or imagined – the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life...

Symptoms of Dementia

One of the most common cognitive diseases among people age 70 to 80, dementia is a degenerative disease that can be caused by a major head trauma or a chronic illness that affected the functioning of the brain and the nervous system. The symptoms of dementia can be categorized based on the etiology of the illness. In order to treat the disease, it is important that patients consult with their physicians as soon as they experience or feel any of the symptoms. To know more about the disease below are...

Natural Remedies for Depression

Although there is an ongoing debate about what the most accurate description of depression is and also about whether it is a disease or a response to a set of circumstances, it is clear that the accompanying dejection will inevitably interfere with normal social functioning. Depression may be a symptom of other conditions that should be diagnosed and assessed by a physician. However, there are other factors that may trigger depression including, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, nutrition deficiencies,...

OCD Treatment

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Experts once thought that obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is very difficult to treat. OCD is a kind of anxiety disorder where those who suffer from it are characteristically obsessed with repeated behaviors. Those who suffer from this illness will have these repetitive compulsions to the point that these behaviors already interfere with their daily lives. Compulsions vs. Obsessions Obsessions, in the context of this illness, refer to impulses, ideas, and...

Bipolar Symptoms

Successful treatment of this condition requires early diagnosis. Without proper medication, this mental illness can become very complex and dangerous for the patient. Bipolar Disorder Signs There are four types, and are categorized based on the mood swings. Type I is characterized by very high periods and slight bouts of depression. Type Ii is marked by intense depression and periods of mania. Mania is characterized by excitability or violent behavior. Type III (called cyclothymia) patients experience...