Mental Health

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Anxiety and Physical ActivityPhysical activity is a low-cost and easily accessible therapy that could help to reduce symptoms in people with anxiety disorders along with other treatments such as medications and psychotherapy.
Anxiety DisordersAnxiety disorders are a group of conditions usually associated with long-term worry, which is often unrealistic. They may also co-exist with depression. Drugs used for depression are often effective in treating anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Disorders – SubtypesAnxiety disorders are of several types depending on the symptoms. These include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, among others.
Anxiety Disorders – Treatment GuidelinesAnxiety disorders are treated with psychotherapy and medications. Most patients are treated on an outpatient basis.
Anxiety Disorders versus Clinical DepressionAnxiety disorders and clinical depression are conditions that interfere with day-to-day functioning. Early treatment can help to lead a normal life.
Barriers to Mental Health CareThere are several barriers to obtaining mental health care which include the stigma associated with the diagnosis and treatment of a mental disorder, and concerns about confidentiality.
Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder is a mood disorder with episodes of both mania as well as depression, with relatively normal periods between the episodes.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – Cognitive and Behavioral InterventionsDuring cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interventions are introduced to help the patient understand the abnormal thoughts, assumptions, and beliefs associated with the mental illness and behavioral changes are gradually introduced to address them.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – Indications and AdvantagesCognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist and the patient work together to understand and address abnormal thoughts and behaviors associated with mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Diet and DepressionA healthy diet such as a Mediterranean or a Japanese diet, which special consideration to the inclusion of nutrients that are important for brain function could benefit people with depression.
Depression and Physical ActivityThough the results of various studies are not equivocal, moderate-intensity physical activity or yoga appears to improve the mood in people with depression.
Depression – Associated disordersSome disorders increase the risk of major depressive disorder, and the patients may improve if these disorders are treated. Therefore, such disorders such as thyroid disorder and vitamin D deficiency should be ruled out before the patient is treated with antidepressant medications.
Depression – SymptomsAn awareness of the symptoms of depression can help in the early diagnosis and therefore treatment of the mood disorder.
Late-life DepressionElderly individuals may suffer from depression due to their underlying health conditions. They may not respond as well as younger individuals to antidepressant medications.
Lifestyle modifications in depressionLifestyle modifications, which include improvement in diet and sleep hygiene, increased physical activity, social interactions and recreational activities, and avoiding recreational substances could help to improve depression.
Generalized Anxiety DisorderGeneralized anxiety disorder is a condition characterized by constant worry over a prolonged duration. It commonly affects adults.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Obsessive compulsive disorder is a condition characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts that compel an individual to do repetitive acts to reduce the anxiety associated with the obsessions.
Nutrition and Anxiety DisordersThough evidence is inadequate, the deficiency of vitamins such as vitamin B6 and B12, and minerals such as iron and zinc could be associated with symptoms of anxiety.
Panic Disorder and AgoraphobiaPanic disorder and agoraphobia are anxiety disorders. Panic disorders are associated with attacks of intense fear or anxiety that may be accompanied by symptoms such as palpitations, tremor and sweating. Agoraphobia refers to the intense fear or anxiety about having a panic attack in certain situations, due to which individuals often avoid such situations.
Psychological Treatment in Anxiety DisordersCognitive behavioral therapy is often used to treat anxiety disorders. Computer / internet based programs may be used to treat patients depending on patient preference.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that follows a traumatic event such as actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation to self or to someone close. The symptoms should be present for at least 1 month before a diagnosis of PTSD can be made.
SchizophreniaSchizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder with symptoms of delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thoughts and social deficits. It is treated with antipsychotic medications with/without psychosocial therapy.
Separation Anxiety Disorder and Selective MutismSeparation anxiety disorder and selective mutism are anxiety disorders that usually affect children. Separation anxiety disorder refers to fear or anxiety in anticipation of a separation, while selective mutism is a condition where the child does not speak in a particular situation.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) / Social PhobiaSocial anxiety disorder or social phobia is a condition characterized by marked fear or anxiety associated with social situations or performing in front of an audience where the individual may be subject to criticism.
Specific PhobiaSpecific phobia is an anxiety disorder where a person experiences an intense fear or anxiety when exposed to an object such as an insect or a situation such as flying.

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