4 critical facts about anosognosia

4 critical facts about anosognosia

Millions of people across the globe are struggling with mental problems, but because of stigma and discrimination attached to these illnesses, many people consciously prefer to remain in denial and as a result, reject the diagnosis and do not reach out for support. However, when one is afflicted with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia or a bipolar disorder, it is possible that one might be unable to think clearly or perceive that there is some problem. This lack of insight is known as anosognosia, one of the worst symptoms of a mental illness. Some of the important facts about anosognosia are discussed here: Read more

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-4: Alzheimer’s and dementia

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-4: Alzheimer’s and dementia

Old age is inevitable and so are many conditions associated with it. People become concerned about growing old, primarily because older age often brings dependency on others and a struggle with numerous health issues. A healthy lifestyle can prevent illness, exercise and a good diet prevents many diseases. While people can use cosmetics or even cosmetic surgery in some cases to appear younger, they cannot govern the inner aging of tissues, cells, muscles and most importantly the brain. According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “Ageing causes changes to the brain size, vasculature, and cognition. The brain shrinks with increasing age and there are changes at all levels from molecules to morphology. Memory decline also occurs with ageing and brain activation becomes more bilateral for memory tasks.” Read more

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-3: Down Syndrome

Conditions wrongly categorized as mental illnesses-3: Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is not rare in the United States, with approximately 400,000 people living with it currently. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 babies are born with down syndrome every year. Read more

Symptoms of bipolar disorder occur in childhood

Symptoms of bipolar disorder occur in childhood

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings and changes in an individual’s energy levels. While these symptoms are often ignored by many, they can have a serious impact on an individual’s life. As per the Mental Health America (MHA), over 3.3 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder every year. Read more

World Alzheimer's Day: Understanding children's Alzheimer’s

World Alzheimer’s Day: Understanding children’s Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is commonly defined as the loss of memory due to growing age. The disease is often regarded as old people’s disease as its symptoms first tend to appear usually in their mid-60s. Medically, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive degeneration of memory and thinking ability. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 people across ages in the U.S. are living with the disease. Read more