Blood pressure medication slows Alzheimer’s progression, suggests research


Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. Looking at the severity of the disease, a recent study surely gives hope to the millions of Alzheimer’s patients. Continue reading

Omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mental disorders


Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well-known. However, a recent study by a Japanese university on polyunsaturated fats present in omega-3 fatty acids being a potential treatment for mental illnesses has given a new hope to the United States, where approximately 9 percent people suffer from feelings of hopelessness and despondency. Continue reading

Medical staff find comfort in honoring lives


Those in the medical field who care for gravely ill or injured patients must come to terms with the possibility of witnessing death. Doctors and nurses working in emergency departments and intensive care units, for example, try every conceivable treatment to keep their patient alive, but when if the moment of death comes, the frustration and sadness is palpable.

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Mental illness awarness week: Finding success in the face of mental illness


A person suffering from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia must not only face the rigors of the condition’s symptoms, but also the commonly held, negative perceptions of the illness. It is such stigma that often keeps those with mental illness from informing loved ones about the symptoms and seeking treatment for the condition. Continue reading

Ketamine for depression treatment


At any given moment, 15 million Americans are suffering from depression, a debilitating life-changing disease. There are many antidepressant medications available to the public and treatment for the condition usually consists of a combination of medication and therapy. The drug ketamine is gaining popularity among doctors as a treatment for depression though it has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the purpose. Continue reading

Common warning signs of suicidal ideation


According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an American dies due to committing suicide every 12.95 minutes. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States (AFSP, 2015). There are many reasons why a person might feel suicidal with factors ranging from drug abuse to mental health disorders and it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Those with mental health disorders are more likely to actually commit suicide than those without mental health disorders (Peterson, 2014). Whatever the circumstances, treatment should be sought out if verbal or behavioral warning signs of suicide present themselves. Suicidal ideation or thoughts of suicide, can range from simply considering the idea to a detailing exact plans of the act. Continue reading

Dealing with stress and its dangers


Just as stress and anxiety can cause a hormonal imbalance, so too can hormonal imbalances cause stress. An excess of a thyroid hormone can trigger panic attacks. Stress can also trigger excessive cortisol production which leads to further anxiety symptoms. Other natural causes such as menstruation, adrenaline release and pregnancy can also cause stress and anxiety. Continue reading

Cognitive behavioral therapy for panic attacks


When a person has a panic attack, he or she typically experiences the feeling of impending or current harm along with symptoms such as weakness, dizziness, sweaty palms or a pounding heart. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition, the “attack” can last anywhere from ten minutes to an hour, sometimes even longer. Panic attacks can cause serious problems for those dealing with them. Continue reading