The reward for treating your agoraphobia is freedom

Agoraphobia literally means ‘fear of open or public places’

The reward for treating your agoraphobia is freedomOne condition that commonly exists alongside panic disorder is agoraphobia. Agoraphobia literally means ‘fear of open or public places’. However, in a clinical setting it is defined as a fear of situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or in which help may not be available in the event of a panic attack.…

How to tell if someone suffers Antisocial Personality Disorder

Although an individual with Antisocial Personality Disorder is capable of charm, it is often used to manipulate the emotions of others

How to tell if someone suffers Antisocial Personality DisorderSomeone with a history and pattern of disregard for the rights of others would probably be termed a bully by most, but it could be that this individual has what is known as antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). ASPD is defined as a pervasive pattern of disregard that begins by the mid-teenage years. This attitude should…

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutiny

Miracle healthcare cures often remain unfulfilled. Unfortunately, there is a tendency in humans to see only black and white rather than shades of grey

Miracle healthcare cures rarely stand up to scrutinyWhen it comes to health and medicine, there are an abundance of beliefs, philosophies and practices floating around out there. Unfortunately, many of these healthcare cures have no real evidence to back them up but are still used and strongly supported. Often, erroneous beliefs about healthcare cures are not only wrong but expensive to the…

Postpartum illness is often more than baby blues

It is vitally important for women experiencing postpartum illness to seek help, not only for themselves but to help to keep children safe

Postpartum illness is often more than baby bluesA child’s birth is supposed to be a joyful, special time for parents. After months and sometimes years of waiting, mother and father finally get to meet the little person they’ve been anxiously expecting. With a new life and growing family, possibility is everywhere. For some mothers though, this joyful time can become a nightmare…

Self-mutilation a coping mechanism for emotional pain

If you suspect your child may be practicing self-abusive behaviours, there are a few signs you can look for

Self-mutilation a coping mechanism for emotional painPeople who deliberately cut themselves with razors, burn themselves with lit cigarettes or pick their skin until it bleeds have often been viewed as attention-seekers – people who simply want to make a statement or frighten others enough to get a rise out of them. Sadly, self-mutilating behaviours such as these are not simply a…

Irritable bowel syndrome connected to your emotional state

People with IBS tend to be more prone than the general population to psychological symptoms including anxiety or depression

Irritable bowel syndrome connected to your emotional stateBetween 10 and 20 per cent of the general population suffers from a puzzling and uncomfortable condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is one of the most common disorders seen in general practice and it affects more women than men. As the name suggests, this is an illness that affects the bowel and the…

Antidepressants for children should be used with caution

But with proper use they are quite safe and an effective way to help people of all ages in the treatment of depression

Antidepressants for children should be used with cautionThe use of antidepressant medications among depressed children has received widespread international coverage in the media over the years. Studies indicating a slightly increased risk of suicidal thoughts, or attempts, in children taking antidepressants sparked a firestorm of public debate and criticism. As a result, FDA mandated all antidepressants being sold in the U.S. have…

There is no need to needlessly suffer migraines

For people who experience migraines as well as a mood disorder, the headaches often improve once the mood disorder is treated

There is no need to needlessly suffer migrainesIf you experience migraine headaches, then you know what it’s like to have debilitating pain. Pain pulsates on one side of your head like a bad drum beat that won’t stop. All the noises around you are magnified to a chaotic cacophony and every time you move the pulsing in your temples seems to intensify.…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder no laughing matter

If you are troubled by recurring disturbing thoughts and feel compelled to perform repetitive behaviours, talk to your family doctor

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder no laughing matterOne psychiatric disorder that is commonly portrayed on television and in the movies is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We are usually given a somewhat humourous example of a neurotic person obsessed with germs and washing, who needs things to be exactly in order or who repeatedly checks to make sure the door is locked or…

PMDD PMS on steroids

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which affects about two per cent of women, is a disabling condition that requires treatment

PMDD PMS on steroidsPMS: those three letters have been made the brunt of many jokes and snide comments since they were coined to describe the variety of symptoms many women experience at a certain point in their menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, while the symptoms of PMS are distressing to the 80 per cent of women who experience them, a…