POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams related to the events, mental or physical distress to trauma-related cues, attempts to…

EATING DISORDERS

Eating disorders are real, complex medical and psychiatric illnesses that can have serious consequences for health, productivity and relationships. Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and OSFED (other specified feeding or eating disorder), are bio-psycho-social diseases– not fads, phases or lifestyle choices. People struggling with an eating disorder often become obsessed…

WAYS TO ENHANCE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Enhancing mental health is sometimes considered the business of psychiatrists, psychologists & a myriad of other clinical experts. But much research indicates that individuals themselves can play a critical role in fostering their own mental health. Evidence suggests that certain Self-initiated activities can be very beneficial for mental health five of which are listed below….

SCHIZOPHRENIA

Schizophrenia is a Chronic and Severe Mental Disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with Schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although Schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. The exact cause of schizophrenia isn’t known, but a combination…

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.SOURCE: National Institute Of Mental Health Google Search. Types of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Risk Factors Of Ocd OCD is a common disorder…

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable to control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors interfere with school and home life. It’s more common…

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE (AD)

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of DEMENTIA. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events (short-term memory loss). As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with…

BIPOLAR DISORDER

A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs. More than 1.5 million cases per year (Nigeria) Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong Requires a medical diagnosis Lab tests or imaging not required Source: college of medicine, University…

ANXIETY DISORDER

A Mental Health Disorder characterised by feelings of worry, anxiety or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities. More than 1.5 million cases per year (Nigeria) Treatable by a medical professional Usually self-diagnosable Lab tests or imaging not required Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress…

DEPRESSION

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER or CLINICAL DEPRESSION, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may…