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Psychotic Depression: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Psychotic Depression Psychotic Depression is primarily defined in terms of depressive symptoms that come along with psychosis. Psychosis is the condition wherein a person either has an indistinct view of reality or loses connection with reality. Although the depression is not as common as melancholic or non-melancholic depression, it is quite severe in nature. In fact, one may evaluate the severity of psychotic depression from the fact that around one-fourth of the people suffer from the problem of psychotic depression out of all the patients admitted to the hospital for depression. The propensity to develop psychotic depression increases in an individual who has a family history of it. Normally during this depression, people begin to suffer from various unusual and extremely odd behavioral changes. They begin to hallucinate and develop irrational fears and thoughts. Their delusions have the potential to drive them crazy. In acute cases, they become paranoid and start hearing things a

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 from a ps

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: Symptoms, Types, Causes, Treatment, Medication

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 (Psychosi

Bipolar Disorder: Signs, Types, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment Options, Tips

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 others. T

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How to Deal With the Depression: Basics and Beyond

How to Deal With the Depression It is common to feel sad or blue when dealing with a specific stress, trauma, or a challenging situation, but depression is a much deeper issue. Even when symptoms are minor, this condition is serious. Unfortunately, many people have committed suicide or even homicide because of not getting the care needed. In this article we tried to provide all the required information so you can learn about the truths of mental depression and discover how to deal with the depression . Of all mental health conditions that people face, depression is among those suffered the most, affecting the lives of millions of people all over the world. In fact, globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression. ( ref.: WHO Fact sheets on Depression ). And, since the pandemic, percentage of people experiencing depression (and anxiety) symptoms had a manifold rise. Depression affects not only the mind and behaviors, but also physical health, performance, and

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder Panic Attack A panic attack is a sudden or intense anxiety or fear. Panic attacks usually come with the following symptoms: dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, light headedness. Panic attacks are unpredictable and happen in a range of situations.     See also: Anxiety Attack Some people have only one or two in their lifetime, others will have a group of them which center around increasing stress in their life and for others it could be a daily event in which case it is caused a panic disorder. People who suffer on going panic attacks will generally develop a fear of having panic attacks and go on to avoid situations in which escape would be difficult. Some people who have social anxiety disorder often have panic attacks as part of their symptoms. These attacks are also called anxiety attacks and are usually resolved by removing the problem or trigger situation. What does panic attack feel like If you do have panic attacks y

Some Commonly Experienced Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders In this page we will discuss some of the anxiety disorder symptoms which are commonly experienced in generalized anxiety , post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks . It is important to note, however, that anxiety is capable of creating hundreds of different anxiety disorder symptoms, so this is by no means an exclusive list. Shortness of breath / Shallow Breath, and Smothering Sensations : This is one of the most common anxiety disorder symptoms - it may feel as though you aren’t getting enough air into your lungs or as though someone is pressing up against your chest cavity and restricting your air intake. This is just a harmless sensation! Don’t worry about it or be concerned that you aren’t breathing properly because you are! If you weren’t breathing properly you would be unconscious. As with all anxiety disorder symptoms, don’t give these sensations any credit, they will go away. FAQ :