Where do Phobias come from?
Study conducted on mice showed that phobias are genetically transmitted from one generation to the next through chemical changes that occur in DNA or through experiences from ancestors. The study was conducted on mice, which were trained to fear cherry blossoms odour by use of electric shocks prior to breeding. The offsprings developed a fear of the cherry blossom odour in spite of never experiencing them proving that the experience can be transferred genetically to the offsprings.
Christmas: a Social Anxiety Minefield
Christmas can cause anxiety in people through worry about finances, potential drunkenness, and involvement in social events. The symptoms of this anxiety include blushing, excessive sweating and shortness of breath.CBT is fostered as the best medication.
Saliva Test could Detect Depression in Boys after Research Breakthrough
Saliva could be used to detect depression in boys by pairing a saliva test in the morning, which detects levels cortisol with depressive symptoms. Researchers foresaw an emerging clinical depression in a subset of high-risk boys. According to the study, a relatively simple process may identify boys who experienced self-harming depression levels.
Women experience depression more than men at the ratio of 2:1. Married women are more depressed than unmarried ones. Its causes include genetics, chemical imbalance, stress, physical illness, and negative thinking. Depression may cause cancer, infections, and at worst, suicide. Symptoms include depressed mood for long hours, tiredness, irritability, and poor concentration. Prevention includes expressing feelings, manage their time effectively, and interact with other people and exercise. Antidepressants electroconvulsive therapy as well as psychological treatments can be used as a cure.
Schizophrenia: Talking Therapies Moderately Effective
People could use CBT to deal with schizophrenia. It is effective in identifying one’s problem such as hearing voices and paranoid thinking. Antipsychotic medication is considered an alternative to CBT, but it is prone to abuse as many patients shy away from taking drugs. However, using both treatment methods is most effective.
Quarters of young French men ‘are hypochondriacs.'
It is alleged that young men in France are suffering from hypochondriacs. It is however believed that this is not true. These people just think they suffer from this condition without even showing symptoms by seeing the symptoms on the internet. They however do not seek for medical attention, and when they do, they give the symptoms they read on the internet.
Patient with Multiple Personalities Sketches her 17 alter egos
Exercise addiction: Ben Carter tells how an obsession with exercise threatened his health
Ben Carter became addicted to exercise after a therapist recommended it to him. He was able to lose weight, reduce anxiety, and develop that shape that the society considered healthy. He however lost his health, friends, and even works and decided to change. He contacted a specialist who advised him to reduce the exercise. He did this by engaging in other activities such as social gatherings, cooking and writing his blog. Through this distraction strategy, Ben managed to overcome this addiction.
Calls for an overhaul of eating disorder treatment
Victims of eating disorder hardly get any support from their families. In fact, they are encouraged to recover alone as a family is considered part of the problem. On the contrary, Family plays a huge role in patient’s recovery. Belinda Caldwel gives her experience on how together with her husband had to take unpaid leave to care for their daughter.
Regional areas worst hit for dangerous new eating disorder
There is an emerging eating disorder in Australia caused by stress, anger, or distress. The disorder is more widespread than anorexia nervosa or bulimia as it affects 1 out of 20 Australians. Its symptoms include regular binge eating and uncontrollable eating habit. Unfortunately, people living in rural areas hardly get access to treatment.
Why does alcohol make some people violent?
Alcohol makes some people violent for various reasons. One reason is that the alcohol interferes with brain’s executive system making people unable to regulate their actions. It can also make someone misjudge a threat before him, which makes such a person overreact even to trivial threats. It is advisable that victims should be trained on anger management to help them recover. However, avoiding alcohol altogether is the best remedy.
Amphetamine addiction overtakes alcohol and heroin
There is a high rate of amphetamine abuse than that of alcohol and heroin in Australia. The addiction requires massive support for the victim to come out of it.
Pill for sex drive, weight loss in one
There is an emerging Viagra for women in the market. The drug is a synthetic version of melatonin and helps the brain to increase desire. However, it side effects include, nausea and loss of appetite. Further research is on to ensure that they are not addictive. The drug should be taken 15 minutes before engaging in sex and is expected to increase libido in a woman for around 2 hours.
Brush your teeth to prevent erectile dysfunction
Studies show that chronic periodontitis causes vascular diseases which have been linked to erectile problems. Nether theory is that periodontitis prevents creation of eNOS enzyme which is necessary for achieving an erection. Although the theories have not been conclusively proven, it is advisable to keep brushing your teeth just in case the theories are true.
Shining a Light on the Role of Carers: one mother's story
People with self-harming problem rarely get help from people around them because of the stigma. Those who devote their time to take care of them rarely get enough support. Maria whose parents have struggled to take care of her is one example. Although her parents get carer allowances, it was difficult for them to handle the situation. Maria’s condition has improved because of the support she receives from her parents. Other people with similar conditions can also benefit immensely if such help is accorded to them.
Psychiatrist says Borderline Personality Disorder sufferers need Targeted Treatment
The Australian State and federal governments ignored two reports that depicted Australia’s ability to treat borderline personality disorder (BDP). Thus, the victims of BDP receive poor medical services. The symptoms of BDP include mood swings, chronic self-harm, anxiety, and eating disorder.
Facebook posts 'can predict if you are a psychopath', Swedish researchers say.
Study show that Facebook can be used to identify psychopathic nature of the users. It used the significance of the words posted to predict whether a person had a “dark” personality trait. People who have psychopathic traits often posted statements such as prostitution and pornography. However, posting such statement does not automatically qualify you to be a psychopath.
How to Stop Bed-wetting for good
Bed-wetting is a frustrating occurrence whose causes include genetics, lack of communication between the brain and the bladder, as well as small bladder. To cure this, one needs to see a pediatrician and help children develop behaviors such as using the bathrooms before going to bed.
Pain Reliever Linked to ADHD
Paracetamol has been linked to Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Women using it during pregnancy have a 37 percent higher chance of having a child with severe ADHD known as hyperkinetic disorder. These women also have 29 per cent higher chance of giving birth to children who would have medication for ADHD. Research indicates that acetaminophen interferes with normal hormone function, which may affect the proper development of foetal brain. However, further research need to be conducted to prove these findings conclusively.