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Psychotic Depression: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Psychotic Depression If a person is considered medically depressed and has a kind of psychosis , he could develop a condition described as psychotic depression ( Depression with Psychosis ). Psychosis is the condition wherein a person either has an indistinct view of reality or loses connection with reality. There are a lot of symptoms associated with psychotic depression. Although the depression symptoms are similar to those with people that experience clinical or mild depression, there are symptoms which are different to this type of depression. Psychotic Depression Causes There are many reasons for depression. It usually happens when a person goes through intense pain, fear and trauma. This may also be due to the hormonal changes in the body. Though there is no specific cause for psychotic depression, many studies show that one of the major causes is cortisol. When the cortisol level in the blood augments, it can have a deep effect on the brain of the sufferer and may lead to

Psychosis: Symptoms and Treatment

Psychosis Psychosis is a condition in which an individual shows behavior and judgment that no longer conforms to what is real. Psychosis is not a condition in its own right but is an acute mental health problem which is triggered by other conditions. It can be caused by ongoing disorders such as schizophrenia , depression or bipolar disorder or sometimes by short term conditions, for example stress , substance abuse or a traumatic event. Sometimes other diagnosed illnesses such as lupus, malaria or Lyme disease may trigger an episode. There are some medicines that have also been identified as a cause of the condition. Studies have shown that around 3% of people will suffer at least one psychotic episode in the course of their lives so it is a surprisingly common problem. Psychosis Symptoms People suffering from psychosis will present with different symptoms but there are four main signs. Confused and disturbed thoughts : One of the primary signs that a patient is suffering fro

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)   Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ) is characterized by an individual’s inability to focus or pay attention. ADHD is a disorder that usually develops during childhood, but is sometimes not even diagnosed until adolescence or adulthood. ADHD sufferers exhibit restlessness, impulsiveness, and a sense of disorganization. They are also extremely impatient and easily distracted, even when doing something that interests them. ADHD is often viewed as a learning disorder because it can interfere with the learning process in a dramatic way.  History of ADHD ADHD was first loosely described by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. In 1902, Sir George F. Still published a series of lectures in England describing a small group of children who exhibited significant behavioral problems caused by dysfunctional genetics as opposed to bad child-rearing. Since that time, ADHD has gone through a significant period of being def

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is one of the most feared and least understood mental disorders known today. This is an illness of the brain that has been recorded and dealt with by communities for generations, but there is still a lot about the causes of schizophrenia that scientists are still trying to uncover and understand. In most circumstances, the condition will be diagnosed in men in their teen years and 20′s whereas in women the condition is diagnosed in their 20′s and 30′s. Many assume that someone with paranoid schizophrenia disorder will be a mass murderer, child abuser, or something equally as scary. The truth is, many people with this disorder live normal lives and accomplish great things. These are the people with milder cases and the people who seek help and stay on their medications, so the symptoms of the disorder are controlled and greatly relieved. What is Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by relapsing episodes of psychosis (Ps

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder  (formerly called manic depressive illness or manic depression ) is a kind of psychiatric disorder related to a category of mood disorders and is defined as the presence of one or more intervals of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition and mood with or without one or more intervals of depression . Clinically these elevated moods are mania and if they are mild then they are known as hypomania. People who came to experience such manic episodes also experience depressive episodes or symptoms while they can also come across mixed episodes which have features of both mania and depressive episodes at the same time. Between these episodes there is a period of normal mood but in some patients, depression and mania alternate rapidly and this condition is called rapid cycling. Episodes of extreme mania can lead to symptoms like delusions and hallucinations.     This disorder has sub-phases like Bipolar I , Bipolar II , Cyclothymia and many

Living with Bipolar

Living with Bipolar Tips When you are living with bipolar disorder you will have a difficult time trying to live a normal life. You will need help from your friends, family and especially your doctor. However, there are some other things that you can do to take more control of your life and your bipolar disorder. It is possible with help for people who are dealing with bipolar to lead a healthy, somewhat normal life. You will need to see your doctor and therapist on a regular basis. Plus it is imperative to help you control your mood swings to take your bipolar medicine. Here are some suggestions to help you lead a healthy life: Exercise : There have been studies done that show that regular exercise can help to make your mood better. Another thing it can help you do is to sleep better at night. You want to make sure that you talk to your doctor about the kind of exercise routine you need to do. Start slowly and then gradually increase every day. Eat a healthy diet : Unfortunately th