September 19, 2013

Panic Symptoms and Anxiety Disorder Symptoms may have a gender, nutritional and social component

Medical researchers have yet to identify a primary cause of either anxiety disorders or panic disorders. However, certain stress conditions, put people at increased risk for developing either anxiety disorders or panic disorders. Interestingly both panic and anxiety disorders are more likely to be experienced by women. There may also be a genetic predisposition in both of these disorders as well as a nutritional or social component. People who experience worry or stress have certain symptoms in common with those who are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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Posted by tAPir at 1:59 PM

August 14, 2013

Will gun laws hurt the mentally ill?

When Governor Andrew Cuomo put his name to the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (Safe) Act, just a month after the mass shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, he told supporters that the bill's mental health provisions lay at the core of the legislation.

The act includes, among its various controls on gun ownership, something called a "mental health alert", which requires mental health professionals to report patients who they believe pose a threat to themselves or others.

"People who are mentally ill should not have access to guns," Gov Cuomo said. "That's common sense."

Hard to argue with that. Mental illness has clearly been at the centre of some of the country's most notorious mass shootings. But could the new law have an unintended consequence: making it harder for the mentally ill to seek help?

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Posted by tAPir at 9:25 AM

July 6, 2013

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you can’t breathe. You may even feel like you’re dying or going crazy. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. They may even cause you to withdraw from normal activities. But panic attacks can be cured and the sooner you seek help, the better. With treatment, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic and regain control of your life.

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Posted by tAPir at 11:09 AM

June 20, 2013

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex and debilitating condition that can affect every aspect of a person's life.

PTSD has been known to exist since ancient times, albeit under the guise of different names.

During the First World War it was referred to as "shell shock"; as "war neurosis" during WWII; and as "combat stress reaction" during the Vietnam War. In the 1980s the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was introduced - the term we still use today.

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Posted by tAPir at 8:37 AM

April 10, 2013

How Prozac entered the lexicon

Twenty-five years after Prozac was introduced, the name has entered the cultural lexicon and helped define how people think of mental illness.

Back in the 1990s Prozac achieved what few prescription drugs ever do. It was trendy.

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Posted by tAPir at 1:15 PM