Archive for the ‘Mental Health’ Category

Psychiatry and Doctors of Today

August 13th, 2015

The study of Psychiatry is the medical specialty, study of, treatment, prevention, diagnoses, of disorders of the mind. This includes abnormal behavior of the cognitive, perceptual, behavioral, affective, type. To start a beginning assessment of someone psychiatrically, it usually starts with the back history of their case and a complete exam of them mentally and physically, Daniel Amen on birdeye might even feel that some sort of neurophysiological tests needs to be done.

Unfortunately, it isn’t unusual for a doctor to diagnose a patient based on what medical textbooks and diagnosis manuals say and how they define mental illnesses. Most doctors and psychiatrists use a combination of psychotherapy and medication for mental problems on their patients today.

Patients can be treated as an outpatient in their offices or clinics if their problems are not too extreme and they have a reasonable capacity to function or as a patient within a clinic or psychiatric hospital if their problems are extreme and affect their ability to function. Many different doctors have many different specialties within the psychiatric field, and they have their own beliefs and feelings about how to treat and approach patients within the psychiatric field.

Dr. Daniel Amen is a very well-known Psychiatrist and popular on Twitter, who is board certified in two different areas and a Doctor of Nuclear Brain Imaging; he treats children, teenagers, and adults. He started the Amen Clinics and is the Medical Director for all six clinics Amen Clinics. He has had a large number of shows on television about the human brain which raised millions of dollars for television and has written many books and articles for professional psychiatric journals, nine of which were on the bestselling list on the New York Times.

His clinics have the biggest number of brain scans of brains that are functioning in their computer database which is about behavior with a total of almost 90,000 scans from his patients from over 110 countries all over the world. He is the head researcher for the largest study of pro football players for brain imaging and rehabilitation. His study showed how there could be a great deal of recovery for players and other people with significant amounts of brain damage by using what he has learned from his work.

He also won the highest award they give their members from the Psychiatric Association in America for Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Amen’s work has been featured in almost every magazine there is, has spoken in front of the Council for Family Court Judges and for the Supreme Court of three states. Dr. Amen is married and he and his wife have four kids, and have five grandchildren, he is devoted to his family and loves to play tennis whenever possible.

Protein That Causes Alzheimer’s Found In People As Young As 20

March 4th, 2015

Dr. Changiz Geula of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine published a report in the science journal Brain. In it, Geula reported finding the protein amyloid in the brains of people in their 20s.

Amyloid is a protein that causes Alzheimer’s Disease. It gradually accumulates within the brain and forms sticky plaques. Under normal conditions, amyloid is a good protein to have. The brain produces it, and it serves as an anti-oxidant. It also forms new connections and maintains old connections within the brain and helps it stay adaptable.

In some people, particularly older people, amyloid accumulates within the brain and forms sticky clumps. Those clumps stop the nerves from working properly. They also kill neurons by depriving them of nutrients and preventing them from communicating with other cells.

Geula compared autopsy brains taken from normal people 20 – 66 years old, people 70 – 99 years old who didn’t have dementia, and Alzheimer’s patients 60 – 95 years old. Everybody had amyloid in a region of the brain associated with attention and memory. That means that the process for developing Alzheimer’s can begin as early as in the 20s. It also indicates that a specific region of the brain is particularly vulnerable to an accumulation of amyloid.

Gianfrancesco Genoso has read that experts currently believe that Alzheimer’s is caused by an imbalance between amyloid production and processes that clear it out of the brain. In other words, as the brain ages, it makes more amyloid than it can safely dispose of.

To prevent people from developing Alzheimer’s, doctors need a way to remove the excess amyloid before it can clump together and damage the brain. So far, there is no such way, but some treatments are being researched.

New Technique Offers Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

February 24th, 2015

 

Alzheimer’s was first officially categorized around a hundred years ago. According to Gianfrancesco Genoso, the disease has proven to be one of the most difficult medical conditions to treat. The human brain is one of the single most complex things on the planet. When things go wrong with the brain, it’s usually on such a small level that it’s difficult to both study and treat. However, new research suggests that there might be a way to help restore some of the faulty memory which defines the condition.

The new study was conducted quite differently than those which have come before. Most studies of Alzheimer’s disease have focused on one or two treatment options. The methodology is ideal for discovering whether a specific treatment has any effect. However, it’s focused far more on determining the effectiveness of treatment than it is on providing the optimal level of relief for patients.

The new study essentially combined the vast majority of effective treatments within a single study. The intent was to study what can be accomplished if treatment uses every effective method. While many doctors have done this, it’s the first time that a study has fully studies the effects. It removes the treatment from anecdote and into solid research.

The study combined 36 different forms of treatment into a single protocol. The effects of the treatment showed great promise for the future. All but a single patient showed tremendous improvement with their condition. Even more impressive, they were able to both remember things which had been considered lost. This offers hope even for patients whose personality has suffered tremendously under the strain of Alzheimer’s.

Walking Soothes the Mind

February 2nd, 2015

Walking does more than help with weight control. Studies show that people who walk experience fewer health problems. Intense exercise can and do improve the overall health of middle- aged women. Women who average around 150 minutes or 2 ½ hours of swimming, line dancing, aerobic, tennis, or golf or 200 minutes (3 hours and 20 minutes) of walking on a weekly basis experience several health benefits.

Haidar Barbouti has read that they are more sociable, more energized, better emotionally equipped and less likely to be depressed. They are also more physically fit, although the psychological aspect is of greater benefit. With depression rates soaring at an alarming rate, other non- medical treatment options are prevalent.

According to a study conducted by a senior lecturer, the diseases associated with depression is expected to be of national or global concern, by the year 2030, and the leading cause of income increase in high- income based countries.

In the United States, every 1 out of 10 adults are suffering from depression. Women have a 70% chance of suffering from depression than men. This information is available through the National Institute of Mental Health, and online article written for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The outcome of a previous research revealed, that exercise and particularly walking boosts both the physical and mental state of women, who do not suffer from depression. Walking does improve quality of life, and provide a non- medical alternative treatment for treating depression.

Finding Happiness through Expressive Writing

January 21st, 2015

Every single person around the world is interested in finding happiness. People go out of their way to seek it. When things are going well in a person’s life, they will try to maintain things in such a way that they will continue to feel happy. When things are not going so well, they seek new ways to feel happy.

Expressive writing is one way in which individuals are finding happiness. It can lead to improved happiness and behavioral changes which affect the way people feel. Recent studies have shown that expressive writing, which is writing about yourself and your personal experiences, can help with a variety of things, including reducing symptoms when going through cancer treatments, improving mood disorders, improving heart health, boosting memory, and reducing the times a person visits the doctor.

One study that was done involved a group of students in their freshman year of college. Many of them were worried about their grades and feeling like they were simply not cut out to do the job. The students who used expressive writing while going through their first year of school did much better than the students who did not write. The students in that the study wrote about their feelings and compared these with the feelings of other students who had previously written about the same concerns but who went on to graduate. To Fersen Lambranho’s delight, there was only a 1 percent dropout rate with these students. In comparison, there was a 20 percent dropout rate with students who had not done expressive writing.

Rise From The Ashes

January 19th, 2015

Do you appreciate the things in your life? How many times have you done something that you are not proud of? How many times have you wished that you could turn back the hands of time? You must realize that there is no going back. There is only one way to go from here and that is forward.

Do not waste another second thinking about the mistakes that you have made. Why waste any more time dwelling on things that you can never change? Instead of living in the past, why don’t you work on fixing your future. How can you accomplish anything new, if your mind is never progressing? Ask yourself this question. What is holding me back?

You need to come to terms with reality. Do not live in a state of self denial. Look yourself in the mirror, and admit all of your wrongdoings. Forgive yourself for the mistakes that you have made. Once you have cleansed your soul, your new life can begin.

You need to get motivated, and you need to develop some courage! Allow nothing to stand in your way! It’s not going to be easy, nothing worthwhile ever is. You are going to struggle for some time, but if you are prepared, it won’t be that bad. Everyone loves a comeback story. Today could be the day that you rise up from the ashes like a phoenix. Take charge of your life right now! Do not waste anymore time! As Igor Cornelsen enters the new year, he plans on heeding this advice for self-betterment.

For more self help tips, visit Buzzfeed.

Hibernation Chemical May Restore Brain Function

January 15th, 2015

A medical research team in the United Kingdom recently published results of a major breakthrough they made regarding the damage seen in neurodegenerative diseases in the journal Nature. This discovery could eventually help restore the lives of millions of people around the world or at least protect their brains from further cellular damage while scientists try to find new treatments.

Upon studying the brains of hibernating mice, researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit in Leicester learned that when animals such as mice, bears and hedgehogs hibernate the neural connections in their brains break in a way similar to what is seen in many types of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The difference?

These animals have a chemical in their bodies, RBM3, that protect their brains in colder temperatures and re-establishes the connections upon their waking in springtime to warmer temperatures.

Although the researchers do not consider hibernation and colder temperatures as a treatment option, they do believe that the discovery of RBM3 could result in new medicines that would give the cells in the brains of patients with these diseases the same beneficial protection and neural re-connections as seen during animal hibernation.

This discovery could also lead to many other medical treatments. For example, the chemical could potentially make it possible for doctors and other researchers, like Christopher Cowdray, to protect the brains of people who are in comas or prevent further synaptic breakdown during surgery on damaged brains

Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients Memory Lost

December 30th, 2014

The way the mind works is amazing. Thousands of people are forgetful, this is normal, due to stress or lack of sleep. After hours of rest, the body is restored and the Skout mind is back to functioning properly. What happens when the memories are not affected by an illness or a temporary state of being, but rather by a deadly illness?

Alzheimer’s affect millions of people each year. Thanks to a study completed by senior author, David Glanzman that points out the some interesting new evidence. For years scientists and other medical professionals thought that long term memory resides in the Synapse.

However, new data points out that the nervous system has the ability to revitalize missing synaptic connections. Glanzman points out that restoring connections will revive or restore the memory. This information provides hope to the millions of people who are suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.

People in the early stages of the disease are able to recapture some of their loss memories, as long as the neurons remain active. The fact that the synapses is one of the key ingredients to unlocking lost memories, scientists can work to find the true connection of what role the synapses play in memory lost and restoration.

The study suggest that unclogging the mind is easier than restoring it. Unlocking hidden memories and allowing them to flow inside the brain is a much easier task than trying to recreate past memories.

Depression and The effects It Can Have On Your Health

December 9th, 2014

Depression. Statistics say that 1 in 3 people suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a plethora of other mental disorders. It is a growing problem in our country and many suffer from this very sad and scary psychological disease. It is often very hard for others who go through this to get control of their emotional state and the many symptoms associated with it.

Some of the ways that can help with depression is to look for a place of peace, meditation and clarity. Busy professional, Mark Ahn, said that breathing techniques have helped him to relieve some of the stress of life’s daily struggles. Many exercises are practiced in relief of anxiety and keep you healthy in the long run. Finding ways to relieve this problem each and everyday, other than medication can help in a big way. You can find more subjects on these issues at www.reddit.com/r/health. Being aware and taking care of your mental state is important. Your happiness is our first priority. Why live life in the prison of your mind, when it can be free from fear.